It all comes down to this, two Sunshine State teams play in New Years Six Bowls to wrap up the bowl season that featured six different Florida colleges (and not the one named Florida). One of these teams will be playing a home game and the other will be coached by an outgoing head man. Let’s have some fun looking at these.
Orange Bowl: Miami Hurricanes (10-2) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (12-1)
When: Saturday, December 30, 8 p.m.
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla.
Five reasons why:
- Miami was absolutely dominant at home this year in its second year of resurgence under head coach Mark Richt. The Hurricanes went 7-0 at Hard Rock Stadium.
- Both teams are coming in after a loss in its conference championship team and are looking to reclaim some mojo. Miami actually lost its last two games of the season after starting 10-0.
- Will the turnover chain reappear? Miami finished second in the country in turnover margin this season and third in turnovers gained.
- Wisconsin has a pretty good defense in its own right, ranked number in total defense and number three in scoring defense. This could be a good old fashioned slugfest.
- While freezing temperatures grip most of the northeast and midwest, Miami will be pushing 70 degrees at kickoff. What a treat for Wisky fans.
- Bonus: Wisconsin went deep sea fishing earlier this week (how did they get approval for that?), but did catch this sweet shark.
Bowl swag: Gift suite, Tourneau watch, Lyfe Brand hat, Ice Shaker water bottle and shaker cup.
Bowl fun facts: Officially the Capital One Orange Bowl…second oldest bowl game in the country behind only the Rose Bowl…the last national championship played in the bowl was USC over Oklahoma in 2005
Peach Bowl: UCF Knights (12-0) vs. Auburn Tigers (10-3)
When: Monday, January 1, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
Five reasons why:
- Scott Frost has one more game at the helm of the Knights. He has been pulling double duty the last few weeks, coaching UCF and recruiting for Nebraska, taking time only to switch polos. Can his finish out a perfect season?
- Auburn will be keeping its coach, with Gus Malzahn turning down advances from Arkansas to sign a contract extension with the Tigers. In an up and down season, can the Tigers finish strong?
- A fun QB matchup, with McKenzie Milton orchestrating the high-powered UCF attack and Baylor transfer Jared Stidham leading a resurgent Auburn offense this year. Which one will make more plays?
- Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson says he’s “100 percent healthy” and that’s great news for the Tigers. Johnson led the SEC with 1,320 rushing yards and a team best 17 TDs.
- Georgia used speed to roll Auburn in the SEC Championship Game, and that is something that UCF has in spades. That reason alone is why this game should not be dismissed as SEC vs. non-Power 5.
Bowl swag: $300 Vanilla Visa gift card by InComm, Ultimate Ears Wonderboom bluetooth speaker, Fossil watch, football.
Bowl fun facts: Officially the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl…first time the game will be played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium…ninth oldest bowl game in history…sold out 17 straight years from 1998-2013…back to being the Peach Bowl after eight years of being known as just the Chick-fil-a Bowl