Thursday, December 26, 2013

2013-14 B1G Bowls: 100th Rose Bowl, Orange, Cap One, Outback, Gator, Buffalo Wild Wings and Texas Bowl

The B1G Bowl Season kicks off on December 27th with the Texas Bowl for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, followed by the Michigan Wolverines on December 28th playing in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

On January 1st, a B1G four game line-up is on, with the Nebraska
Cornhuskers in the Gator Bowl, the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl and the Wisconsin Badgers in the Capital One Bowl. Then, the Granddaddy of all bowl games turns 100, with the 100th game of the Rose Bowl with the Michigan State Spartans, as the Big Ten champion for 2013.

The Ohio State Buckeyes close out the B1G Bowl Season on January 3rd at the Orange Bowl, as a BCS at-large team.  The Big Ten Conference will be looking for a strong bowl showing to close out the 2013 season.

  • MINNESOTA (8-4 overall, 4-4 Big Ten Legends) vs. Syracuse (6-6, 4-4 ACC AtlanticBig Ten preview
  • MICHIGAN (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten Legends) vs. Kansas State (7-5, 5-4 Big 12)
  • NEBRASKA (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten Legends) vs. Georgia (8-4, 5-3 SEC East)
  • IOWA (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten Legends) vs. LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC West)
  • WISCONSIN (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten Leaders) vs. South Carolina (10-2, 6-2 SEC East)
  • MICHIGAN STATE (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten Legends) vs. Stanford (11-2, 7-2 Pac 12 North)
  • OHIO STATE (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten Leaders) vs. Clemson (10-2, 7-1 ACC Atlantic)

  • Houston, TX
     -- The Minnesota Golden Gophers face the Syracuse Orange in the Texas Bowl.  Both teams meet in a 2012 regular season game, when Minnesota beat Syracuse 17-10 at home in Minneapolis.

    Texas Bowl Ticket Information
    Minnesota vs. Syracuse
    on December 27th
    Texas native David Cobb will lead Minnesota against Syracuse in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27.
    Texas native David Cobb
     will lead Minnesota
     against Syracuse in the
    Texas Bowl on Dec. 27.
    The Texas Bowl kicks off at 5 p.m. from Reliant Stadium in Houston on ESPN (HD), with announcers: Mark Jones, Brock Huard and Kaylee Hartung.

    Minnesota is 5-10 in bowl games, including a 0-1 record, under third year coach Jerry Kill. Last year, the Golden Gophers lost 34-31 to Texas Tech in the Car Care Bowl.

    The Orange are 14-9-1 in bowl games, including a 38-14 win last year in the Pinstripe Bowl over West Virginia. Syracuse is coached by first year coach Scott Shafer.

    Minnesota is 3-1 all-time against Syracuse, recording wins in 1996, 2009 and 2012.

    Tempe, AZ -- The Michigan Wolverines will meet the Kansas State Wildcats for the first time in series history during the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

    Michigan vs. Kansas State
    on December 28th.
    Michigan is 20-22 in bowl games, playing in their fourth straight bowl game and third straight under third year coach Brady Hoke. The Wolverines lost last year's Outback Bowl, 33-28 to South Carolina.

    Kansas State is 5-10 in bowl games, playing in their fourth straight bowl game, under coach Bill Snyder, in his 22nd season at the helm of the Wildcats program. K-State lost last year's Fiesta Bowl, 35-17 to Oregon.

    Shane Morris
    Michigan freshman
    QB Shane Morris
    will start game.
    The Big Ten-Big 12 match up will square off in the 25th anniversary of the bowl game that will kick off on Friday, December 28th, with a 9:15 p.m. kickoff on ESPN (HD) from

    The Michigan Wolverines will start true freshman Shane Morris at quarterback, due to the injury of 12 game starter, junior quarterback Devin Gardner.  Coach Hoke had the following to say about the game:

     "Number one, it's really a privilege to be here. It's a privilege for us to represent the University of Michigan. We're two days away from playing in a football game that's very important to us as a team, a university, and for our seniors. We've had a great week. The hospitality from the Buffalo Wild Wings (Bowl), all the people that are involved, the committee members, the volunteers, have been first class. We've had tremendous practices. I think the way our guys have come out every day to prepare for a great game with Kansas State, we're very excited about that. We look forward to the football game. We had a great Christmas last night. We'll have a great practice today. So we're excited about it. Really a pleasure to be here."

    Jacksonville, FL -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers will face a rematch with the 22nd ranked BCS, Georgia Bulldogs this bowl season in the 2014 Gator Bowl, after the two teams meet in last year's Capital One Bowl.  The Bulldogs beat the Cornhuskers 45-31 last year in Tampa.  Each team will be without last year's starting quarterback, due to injuries this past season.

    January 1.
    The Cornhuskers are 24-25 in bowl games, making their 50th bowl appearance this season in Gator Bowl. The Bulldogs are 27-18-3 in bowl games. It is Nebraska coach Bo Pelini's seventh bowl game in his sixth season as head coach, since Pelini was interim coach in 2003 for fired coach Frank Solich. There has been speculation that Pelini could be on the hot seat, as his team plays in Jacksonville on New Year's Day? Georgia coach Mark Richt is in his 13th season as head coach.

    The Gator Bowl will kick off at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 (HD) from Everbank Field in Jacksonville.

    Tampa, FL -- The Iowa Hawkeyes will face the 16th ranked BCS, LSU Tigers in the 2014 Outback Bowl in a Noon kickoff on ESPN (HD). Both teams have meet once before in the 2005 Capital One Bowl, when Iowa won on the final play of the game, in a 30-25
     nail bitter.

    2014 Outback Bowl insertThe Hawkeyes are 14-11-1 in bowl game, with coach Kirk Ferentz 6-4 in 15 seasons at Iowa. Iowa lost in the 2011 Insight Bowl 31-14 to Oklahoma and are coming off an awful 4-8 season in 2012.

    LSU is 22-21-1 in bowl games. The Tigers are in the ninth season under coach Les Miles, including a 25-24 loss last season vs. Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

    "We are looking forward to playing in the Outback Bowl, one of the premier bowl games in college football each year," said coach Miles. "The Outback Bowl has a rich history and it's played in a great city in a tremendous venue and I know that our players and fans will be excited about the opportunity to play on New Year's Day against a very successful Big Ten program like Iowa. I have great respect for Kirk Ferentz and the program that he's built at Iowa. They have enjoyed a lot of success in the Big Ten for over an extended period of time and we are excited about the chance to play them."

    Orlando, FL -- The 19th ranked BCS, Wisconsin Badgers will face the 9th ranked BCS, South Carolina Gamecocks in a Noon kickoff on ABC (HD) in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on January 1st in the 2014 Capital One Bowl. It is the 68th meeting of the bowl game.
    South Carolina
    January 1.

    The Wisconsin Badgers were coming off three straight Rose Bowls, all three were losses, entering the 2013 season. Coach Gary Anderson is in his first season at Wisconsin. The Badgers are 11-13 in bowl games, with a 20-14 loss in last year's Rose Bowl vs. Stanford. It is the 12th straight bowl game for the Badgers.

    South Carolina is 6-12 in bowl games. The Gamecocks are in the ninth season under coach Steve Spurrier. Last year, they beat Michigan 33-28 in the Outback Bowl and have won back to back bowl games, and are playing in their sixth straight bowl game under Spurrier.

    Pasadena, CA -- The 4th ranked BCS, Michigan State Spartans will face the 5th ranked BCS, Stanford Cardinal in the 100th game of the Rose Bowl in a 4 p.m. kickoff on ESPN (HD). It is the Big Ten champion vs. the Pac 12 champion in this year's Rose Bowl.

    Michigan State
    January 1st.
    Michigan State is 9-14 in bowl games and is playing in their first Rose Bowl game, in 26 years. The Spartans have won two straight bowl games under coach Mark Dantonio, in his seventh season, including the 17-16 Buffalo Wild Wings win over TCU last season.  Dantonio has lead the Spartans to seven straight bowl games.

    Stanford is 11-12-1 in bowl games and is playing in back to back Rose Bowls, after beating Wisconsin last year 20-14. Coach David Shaw is in his third season and the Cardinal are playing in their five straight bowl, including four straight BCS bowl.

    Thursday marked Michigan State's first practice without senior tri-captain Max Bullough, who has been suspended for the remainder of the season due to a violation of team rules. Bullough had started 40 consecutive games at middle linebacker.

    Fifth-year senior Kyler Elsworth (6-1, 225) and sophomore Darien Harris (6-0, 215) are listed behind Bullough on the depth chart at middle linebacker. In addition, sophomore Ed Davis (6-3, 230) also could see playing time at the position. 

    The loss of Bullough came has a big surprise by many who follow college football. The Bullough family represent a multi-generational family of Spartans.

    The Rose Bowl should be one of the best college football match ups in the 2013-14 Bowl Season.

    Miami, FL -- The 7th ranked BCS, Ohio State Buckeyes will wrap of Big Ten bowl play with a match up vs. the 12th ranked BCS, Clemson Tigers in the 2014 Orange Bowl from Miami, that will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on January 3rd.

    Ohio State
    January 3rd.
    Ohio State is 20-23 in bowl games. The Buckeyes are in the second season under coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes were ineligible for a bowl game in 2012.
    Junior QB Braxton Miller led the Big Ten in total offense in conference play with 295.0 yards per game.
    Junior QB Braxton Miller leads the Ohio State offense.
    Clemson is 17-18 in bowl games. Coach Dabo Sweeney is in his sixth season and they have played in a bowl game each season, with a win last year over LSU 25-24 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. It is the Tigers ninth straight bowl appearance.

    In 1978, Ohio State and Clemson meet in the Gator Bowl. The Tigers won 17-15, in a game that marked the end of Ohio State coach Woody Hayes, do to the Buckeyes coach hitting a Clemson player during the game. Hayes would never coach again.

    Buckeyes in Florida Bowl Games
    1977 Orange Bowl: Ohio State 27, Colorado 10
    1978 Gator Bowl: Clemson 17, Ohio State 15
    1986 Citrus Bowl: Ohio State 10, BYU 7
    1993 Citrus Bowl: Georgia 21, Ohio State 14
    1995 Citrus Bowl: Alabama 24, Ohio State 17
    1996 Citrus Bowl: Tennessee 20, Ohio State 14
    2001 Outback Bowl: South Carolina 24, Ohio State 7
    2002 Outback Bowl: South Carolina 31, Ohio State 28
    2012 Gator Bowl - Florida 24, Ohio State 17

    The Buckeyes have played only once in the Orange Bowl, winning in 1977 over Colorado. Clemson has played in the Orange Bowl four times before, with a 2-2 record. Clemson lost in last appearance during the 2011 season, 70-33 to West Virginia.

    Next year, during the 2014 season, the Big Ten will add two more teams. Maryland and Rutgers will join the Big Ten in 2014. Both teams play games on Friday, December 27th and Saturday, December 28th, respectively.

    • Maryland will face Marshall in the Military Bowl on December 27th with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN (HD)
    • Rutgers will face Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl on December 28th with a 11 a.m. kickoff on ESPN (HD).

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