The Taxslayer Gator Bowl has moved to a new date, revived its old name, and added a ton of fun events to the schedule to create a wonderful post-season atmosphere for college football.
The Cheez-it Bowl is celebrating their 30th year of providing post-season college football to the state of Arizona – the bowl originally started back in 1989, about 100 miles south on Interstate 10, in Tucson. Over its three decades of existence, the bowl game has had many names, including the Copper Bowl, the Insight.com Bowl, the Insight Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, and most recently, the Cactus Bowl. Besides the name change, the game has also been played in three different cities: Tucson, Tempe, and Phoenix. The game is currently hosted by the Fiesta Bowl organization, which partners with the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences.
While many may look to the typical “New Year’s Six” bowl games for college football greatness, the Citrus Bowl has been one of the other top bowl games during the season that commonly brings two of the top programs together for a titanic clash. Coupled with a long history in the Central Florida community, the Citrus Bowl offers something for everyone in the family, and is arguably one of the best ways to spend New Year’s.
The most recent version of the Valero Alamo Bowl marked the 26th edition of the game in its current run. Annually featuring the best teams from the Pac-12 and Big XII that aren’t part of the New Year’s six, the contest saw the Washington State Cougars upend the Iowa State Cyclones.
The Camping Word Bowl has gone through several sponsorship and name changes, but the matchup remains one between two top-tier college programs year after year. This all but guarantees a packed stadium full of fans that are among the best in the NCAA. And in December, Orlando serves as the perfect escape from the usually frigid cold of the north, at a time when college sports fans can appreciate it most.
The Armed Forces Bowl has been part of the college bowl season for 16 years – originally the bowl was named the Fort Worth Bowl, and the 2002 inaugural game was a 34-31 win for Boise State over Amon G. Carter Stadium’s home tenant, TCU.