Venue: Russell Athletic Bowl ( Formerly Champs Sports Bowl )
When: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 5:30pm ET / ESPN
Where: Camping World Stadium
Who: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Miami Hurricanes
Even though the Citrus Bowl is the signature bowl game in Orlando, seemingly every year, the Russell Athletic Bowl becomes more and more important and is drawing more and more fans out to watch the game. That should be the case this year as well with the Miami Hurricanes representing the ACC after a really good season, though one would have to forgive Miami fans for being a little skeptical knowing that "The U" hasn't won a bowl game in a decade.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are ranked and are coming off of a 10-win season and a year that earned Dana Holgorsen a raise and a big contract extension. WVU didn't play much of anyone in the regular season though, and its two losses came against its two best foes in Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. This would be the biggest win of the year for both of these teams, and it comes at a time when both clubs are eager to start to rebuild their rosters with great recruiting classes. There aren't many better places to do that than in Orlando, and that's part of the reason the Russell Athletic Bowl has picked up a huge amount of prestige in recent seasons.
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Opening Line: Miami -1.5
Preview: West Virginia meets Miami, Florida in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl and is the only bowl game matchup between the Big 12 and ACC. The ACC had a strong year, while the Big 12 was down, hence, the reason the Canes are a three point favorite, despite the Mountaineers 10-win season. The game is being played in Orlando and you would think that would give the edge to Miami, but the Mountaineer nation is passionate about their team and thousands of their fans will make the trip to support their troops. The question is whether Miami’s fans show up. This should be an entertaining game that will go right down to the wire. Continue...
The Russell Athletic Bowl ( Formerly Champs Sports Bowl ) will match up to of the best teams from the from the Big East and the ACC.
This years Russell Athletic Bowl will take place on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 and if you are one of the lucky sports fans, that get there to watch the game live, you will love it and if not then, the ESPN crew will bring the college football betting action live on TV.
Bet on this awesome matchup, as two worthy teams from the ACC and Big Ten battle it out on the gridiron, looking to cap their seasons off with a key postseason victory.
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The Florida Stadium was originally constructed in 1936, with seating for 8,900 people. The first annual bowl game was held in 1947, for the benefit of the Elks and was called the Tangerine Bowl Game. More Florida Stadium Info
The Russell Athletic Bowl generally matches up teams from the Atlantic Coast and the Big 12 Conferences.
Since the first Champs Sports Bowl game there have been eight name changes.
It began back in 1990 as the Blockbuster Bowl in Miami, when Florida State defeated Penn State 24-17.
From there, it was renamed the Carquest Bowl (1994-1997), the Micronpc Bowl (1998-1999), the Micronpc.com Bowl (2000), the Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl (2001) and the Mazda Tangerine Bowl (2002-2003).
In 2004, when Champs Sports signed on for naming rights to the Champs Sports Bowl.
The most recent one was in 2011 when, Russell Athletic's signed on for naming rights to the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville Cardinals steam-rolled Miami Hurricanes with a 36-9 win in front of 51,098 at the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The win gave Louisville (12-1) its second 12-win season in school history and its third bowl victory in four seasons under coach Charlie Strong.
The Cardinals gave up the game's first points when Miami safety Deon Bush arrived untouched in the Louisville backfield and sacked Bridgewater for a safety. Everything after that was all Louisville.
*Note: All times Eastern
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 17||2 p.m.||Albuquerque, N.M.||New Mexico vs. UTSA|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 17||3:30 p.m.||Las Vegas, Nev.||Houston vs. San Diego St.|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Montgomery, Ala.||Appalachian St. vs. Toledo|
|Cure||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Arkansas St. vs. UCF|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 17||9 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Mississippi|
|Miami Beach Bowl||Dec. 19||2:30 p.m.||Miami, Fla.||Central Michigan vs. Tulsa|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 20||7 p.m.||Boca Raton, Fla.||West. Kentucky vs. Memphis|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||BYU vs. Wyoming|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 22||7 p.m.||Boise, Idaho||Colorado St. vs. Idaho|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 23||1 p.m.||Nassau, Bahamas||Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 23||4:30 p.m.||Fort Worth, Tex.||Louisiana Tech vs. Navy|
|Dollar General||Dec. 23||8 p.m.||Mobile, Ala.||Ohio vs. Troy|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||Honolulu, Hawaii||Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||Dec. 26||11 a.m.||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi St.|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||2:30 p.m.||Detroit, Mich.||Boston College vs. Maryland|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 26||5 p.m.||Shreveport, La.||NC State vs. Vanderbilt|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Dec. 27||Noon||Dallas, Texas||Army vs. North Texas|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 27||3:30 p.m.||Annapolis, Md.||Temple vs. Wake Forest|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 27||7 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||Minnesota vs. Wash. St.|
|Cactus Bowl||Dec. 27||10:15 p.m.||Phoenix, Ariz.||Baylor vs. Boise State|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 28||2 p.m.||New York, NY||Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Dec. 28||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Miami (Fla.) vs. West Virginia|
|Foster Farms Bowl||Dec. 28||8:30 p.m.||Santa Clara, Calif.||Indiana vs. Utah|
|Texas||Dec. 28||9 p.m.||Houston, Texas||Kansas St. vs. Texas A&M|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec. 29||2 p.m.||Birmingham, Ala.||South Carolina vs. South Fla.|
|Belk Bowl||Dec. 29||5:30 p.m.||Charlotte, N.C.||Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 29||9 p.m.||San Antonio, Texas||Colorado vs. Oklahoma St.|
|Arizona||Dec. 30||5:30 p.m.||Tucson, Ariz.||Air Force vs. South Alabama|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 30||Noon||Memphis, Tenn.||Georgia vs. TCU|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 30||2 p.m.||El Paso, Texas||North Carolina vs. Stanford|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||3:30 p.m.||Nashville, Tenn.||Nebraska vs. Tennessee|
|Orange Bowl||Dec. 30||8 p.m.||Miami Gardens, Fla.||Florida State vs. Michigan|
|Peach Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||3 p.m.||Atlanta, Ga.||Alabama vs. Washington|
|Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||7 p.m.||Glendale, Ariz.||Clemson vs. Ohio State|
|TaxSlayer Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky|
|Citrus Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. LSU|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Tampa, Fla.||Florida vs. Iowa|
|Cotton Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Arlington, Texas||Western Mich. vs. Wisconsin|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 2||5 p.m.||Pasadena, Calif.||Penn State vs. USC|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Auburn vs. Oklahoma|
|CFP National Championship||Jan. 9||TBD||Tampa, Fla.||Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner|
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