When: Saturday, December 30, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
Who: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Miami Hurricanes
As it turned out, there were five teams that could have played their way into the College Football Playoff on the last day of the regular season. Two of those teams who had their chance and blew it will meet in the Orange Bowl when Miami effectively "plays host" to Wisconsin.
Though a neutral site game in name, the Hurricanes should have a huge advantage here playing in the stadium they call home. Wisconsin will travel as it always does, so it won't be a bona fide Miami home game, but it might feel awfully close.
The Hurricanes, though, had all sorts of trouble this year playing against even some of the suspect teams on their schedule. They were nearly beaten by Florida State and Georgia Tech, and they were only just able to hold off Syracuse and North Carolina, two teams that were flat out bad in the ACC Coastal Division.
Still, Mark Richt has to be thrilled with his alma mater at this point. To win 10 games in a year that Hurricane Irma could have easily derailed the team as it did to Florida State and Florida is remarkable, even if the last two games of the year against Pitt and Clemson were lost.
Wisconsin should be just as proud of itself as well. The Big Ten West was notoriously weak once again, and that didn't do the Badgers any favors in the end. They were constantly ridiculed for their weak schedule, but when push came to shove, they gave a much better fight to Ohio State than Alabama did against Auburn.
Take the name "Wisconsin" off the backs of the Badgers' jersey and replace it with a crimson 'A', and we might be having a different discussion as to who was in the College Football Playoff.
The two teams to emerge from the semifinals will advance to the 2018 CFP National Championship game held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.
Opening Line: Wisconsin -7
Preview: The Miami Hurricanes and Wisconsin Badgers both finished one victory shy of the College Football Playoff. Both clubs were dumped in their respective conference championship games, and that eliminated them from National Championship contention. Continue...
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The Orange Bowl is one of the oldest and most prestigious of the annual college football bowl games played in the United States. Hosted by the city of Miami, Florida, this game has been played annually since 1935, and its world-class stadium, was built on its ability to accommodate world champions and top sports betting events.
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The college football bowl season has a few longtime star performers. Once the Rose Bowl established itself on the West Coast, it was no surprise that other groups would follow the formula. The first city to take on the challenge of hosting a major bowl game was Miami, in January of 1933, and in 1935, their game became the Orange Bowl.
Originally played in Miami Field Stadium, it moved into its own stadium, also known as the Orange Bowl, in 1938. A upper deck was added to the Orange Bowl Stadium in 1948. The Orange Bowl in 1965 became the first major bowl game to be played at night and it's been a night game ever since.
From 1953 through 1963 and 1975 through 1994, it featured the Big 8 champion against an at-large opponent. During the intervening years, the Big 8 champion or runner-up often played in the Orange Bowl, but did not get an automatic invitation.The Orange Bowl Game was moved to Pro Player Stadium in 1997, which is in Ft. Lauderdale.
Pro Player Stadium displays its versatility every year by hosting a wide variety of events. Along with Miami Dolphins football and Florida Marlins baseball, college football takes the field with the FedEx Orange Bowl. Super Bowl XXXIII was held at Pro Player Stadium January 31, 1999 as were two other Super Bowls. Florida Atlantic University Football also calls Pro Player Stadium their home.
For many years the Orange Bowl hosted the champion of the Big Eight Conference. Since 1998 the Orange Bowl associated with the Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference, and beginning in 2008 has been exclusively tied to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Beginning in 1998, the Orange Bowl became one of the four college football bowls to make up the Bowl Championship Series. Tthe other three BCS bowl games are the Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl. Every four years, the Orange Bowl hosts the National Championship Game the week after the New Year's bowl games.
Federal Express (FedEx) had been the sponsore the Orange Bowl game since 1989-2010 and is now known as the Discover Orange Bowl. This move did not change the basic structure of the game, which continued to be dominated by appearances by Miami University, Florida State and the University of Florida. Nebraska has been a popular opponent, appearing six times in the 1990s.
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The Clemson Tigers (11-2) forced four second-half turnovers, including two interceptions on the Ohio State Buckeyes' final two possessions, to rally from a halftime deficit for a BCS bowl win and a back-to-back 11-win seasons for Clemson (11-2) for the first time in school history and scored a big win for the Atlantic Coast Conference, which improved to 4-12 all-time in BCS bowl games.
Clemson’s last trip to the Orange Bowl resulted in a 70-33 throttling at the hands of West Virginia on Jan. 4, 2012.
|BOWL||DATE||TIME / TV||LOCATION||MATCHUP|
|CELEBRATION BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ABC||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||North Carolina A&T vs Grambling State|
|NEW ORLEANS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||Troy vs North Texas|
|CURE BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||2:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Georgia State vs Western Kentucky|
|LAS VEGAS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada||Oregon vs No. 25 Boise State|
|NEW MEXICO BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM||Marshall vs Colorado State|
|CAMELLIA BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama||Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State|
|BOCA RATON BOWL||Dec. 19, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida||Akron vs Florida Atlantic|
|FRISCO BOWL||Dec. 20, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas||SMU vs Louisiana Tech|
|GASPARILLA BOWL||Dec. 21, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida||Temple vs Florida International|
|BAHAMAS BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas||UAB vs Ohio|
|FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho||Wyoming vs Central Michigan|
|BIRMINGHAM BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ESPN||Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama||Texas Tech vs South Florida|
|ARMED FORCES BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas||Army vs San Diego State|
|DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama||Appalachian State vs Toledo|
|HAWAI'I BOWL||Dec. 24, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai'i||Fresno State vs Houston|
|HEART OF DALLAS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||1:20 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas||Utah vs West Virginia|
|QUICK LANE BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan||Duke vs Northern Illinois|
|CACTUS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||10 p.m. ET on ESPN||Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona||Kansas State vs UCLA|
|INDEPENDENCE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana||Florida State vs Southern Miss|
|PINSTRIPE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York||Boston College vs Iowa|
|FOSTER FARMS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on FOX||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California||Arizona vs Purdue|
|TEXAS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas||Texas vs Missouri|
|MILITARY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland||Virginia vs Navy|
|CAMPING WORLD BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Oklahoma State vs Virginia Tech|
|ALAMO BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||Stanford vs TCU|
|HOLIDAY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on FOX||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California||Michigan State vs Washington State|
|BELK BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina||Wake Forest vs Texas A&M|
|SUN BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||2 p.m. ET on CBS||Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas||NC State vs Arizona State|
|MUSIC CITY BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee||Kentucky vs Northwestern|
|ARIZONA BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||5:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona||Utah State vs New Mexico State|
|COTTON BOWL CLASSIC||Dec. 29, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas||USC vs Ohio State|
|TAXSLAYER BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12 p.m. ET||EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida||Louisville vs Mississippi State|
|LIBERTY BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee||Iowa State vs Memphis|
|FIESTA BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona||Washington vs Penn State|
|ORANGE BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida||Wisconsin vs Miami|
|OUTBACK BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12 p.m. ET on ESPN2||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida||Michigan vs South Carolina|
|PEACH BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||Auburn vs UCF|
|CITRUS BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||1 p.m. ET on ABC||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Notre Dame vs LSU|
|ROSE BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||5 p.m. ET on ESPN||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California||No. 2 Oklahoma vs No. 3 Georgia|
|SUGAR BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||No. 1 Clemson vs No. 4 Alabama|
|NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP||Jan. 8, 2018||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||TBD vs TBD|
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