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Game History

Originally titled the Blockbuster Bowl, the game was born in Miami, Florida, in 1990 and thrived in its first year with a marquee matchup between Penn State and Florida State which drew more than 74,000 fans.  Over the next 11 years, however,  the game’s attendance dwindled, and it became apparent that the game would not survive in south Florida.

Sensing a unique opportunity to bring a second bowl game to Orlando, then Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports) Executive Director Chuck Rohe and the Board of Directors initiated a process of obtaining the bowl’s certification.  The first game was called the Tangerine Bowl, a tribute to the name of Orlando’s original bowl game (now the Capital One Bowl).   

With each successive year in Orlando, the bowl has continued to make strides, at one point posting eight consecutive years of attendance increases (a standing record among bowl games). That growth reached a crescendo in 2011, the last game under the Champs Sports Bowl name, when Florida State and Notre Dame played before a sold-out crowd of 68,305. Over the past five years, the bowl has averaged just shy of 55,000 fans per game. 

The game's place in the postseason lineup has also improved significantly over its time in Orlando. In the new College Football Playoff era, the bowl will match the top selection from the ACC (inclusive of Notre Dame) outside of the CFP series against the second selection from the Big 12 outside of the CFP series. 

In early 2012, Russell Athletic signed an agreement with Florida Citrus Sports to be the new title sponsor of the game through 2017. 

all-time game results

Russell Athletic Bowl

Date Champion Points Opponent Points Attendance
12/28/2013 Louisville 36 Miami 9 51,098
12/28/2012 Virginia Tech (OT) 13 Rutgers 10 48,129

Champs Sports Bowl

Date Champion Points Opponent Points Attendance
12/29/2011 Florida State 18 Notre Dame 14 68,305
12/28/2010 NC State 23 West Virginia 7 48,962
12/29/2009 Wisconsin 20 Miami 14 56,747
12/27/2008 Florida State 42 Wisconsin 13 52,692
12/28/2007 Boston College 24 Michigan State 21 46,554
12/29/2006 Maryland 24 Purdue 7 40,168
12/27/2005 Clemson 19 Colorado 10 31,470
12/21/2004 Georgia Tech 51 Syracuse 14 28,237

Mazda Tangerine Bowl

Date Champion Points Opponent Points Attendance
12/22/2003 NC State 56 Kansas 26 26,482
12/23/2002 Texas Tech 55 Clemson 15 21,689

Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl

Date Champion Points Opponent Points Attendance
12/20/2001 Pittsburgh 34 NC State 19 28,562

Micronpc.com Bowl (Miami)

Date Champion Points Opponent Points Attendance
12/28/2000 NC State 38 Minnesota 30 28,359

Micronpc Bowl (Miami)

Date Champion Points Opponent Points Attendance
12/30/1999 Illinois 63 Virginia 21 31,089
12/29/1998 Miami 46 NC State 23 44,387

Carquest Bowl (Miami)

Date Champion Points Opponent Points Attendance
12/29/1997 Georgia Tech 35 West Virginia 30 28,262
12/27/1996 Miami 31 Virginia 21 46,418
12/30/1995 North Carolina 20 Arkansas 10 34,428
1/2/1995 South Carolina 24 West Virginia 21 50,853
1/1/1994 Boston College 31 Virginia 13 38,516

Blockbuster Bowl (Miami)

Date Champion Points Opponent Points Attendance
1/1/1993 Stanford 24 Penn State 3 45,554
12/28/1991 Alabama 30 Colorado 25 46,123
12/28/1990 Florida State 24 Penn State 17 74,021