The 2014 Capital One Bowl will be the sixty eighth annual edition of a football game that has become one of the most important postseason games of the year. It has a history filled with many amazing moments that has made the game a national phenomenon over the years. The time has come for football fans around the country to welcome the New Year by being a part of this wonderful spectacle. Fans have been attending the game in big numbers over the course of its illustrious history and the same is expected this time too as fans from across the United States buy 2014 Capital One Bowl tickets to catch all the action live.
The Capital One Bowl began proceedings in the year 1947 as the Tangerine Bowl, a name that it didn’t let go off till 1982. It became the Florida Citrus Bowl before becoming the Capital One Bowl in the year 2003. 1st January, 1947 was the date when the first game was played. That particular occasion was headlined by Catawba and Maryville. The game was won by them in a one sided encounter by a score of 31-0. That got the ball rolling to make the Capital One Bowl one of the elite games of college football.
Current Format and Popularity
The Capital One Bowl is currently played between teams from Big Ten and SEC. It is one of the most prestigious Non-BCS games and gets the first shot at selecting teams from both conferences. This feature goes on to highlight the importance of the event. Capital One Bowl’s popularity has increased with every passing year and that has paved the way for it to be covered by the biggest sports networks in the country today.
Thousands of fans make their way to Orlando every year which adds to the city’s annual tourism. Only teams that are ranked among the best twenty five in the country have headlined the Capital One Bowl since the year 1985 which is a testament to how high the game is regarded.
Most Appearances and Wins
Georgia have played the Capital One Bowl on six occasions, the most by any program. Tennessee, Auburn, Florida and Penn State are second with four appearances to their name. They are followed by a group of another four schools, East Texas State, Miami (Ohio), Michigan and Ohio State with four Capital One Bowl appearances to show for their efforts over the years.
Georgia and Tennessee have won it four times each, the most by any school. Auburn, East Texas State, Miami from Ohio, Michigan and Toledo are second with three victories each. Florida, Penn State, Clemson and Wisconsin have lifted the Capital One Bowl three times each.
The 2014 Capital One Bowl will be a clash of two heavyweights going hammer and tong against each other. Fireworks are guaranteed when two strong teams collide and that is exactly what will be on show in the latest edition of this fabulous football game.