The Russell Athletic Bowl is an annual college football bowl game that is played in Orlando, Florida, at the Citrus Bowl. The bowl is operated by Florida Citrus Sports, a non-profit group which also organizes the Capital One Bowl and Florida Classic. The bowl was founded in 1990 by Raycom and was originally played at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami where it was known as the Blockbuster Bowl, the CarQuest Bowl, and the MicronPC Bowl. The bowl was also known as the Tangerine Bowl, the original name for the Capital One Bowl, from the time it moved to Orlando until Foot Locker, the parent company of Champs Sports, purchased naming rights in 2004, naming it the Champs Sports Bowl. On June 18, 2012, naming rights were purchased by Russell Athletic for the 2012-2015 games.
What is now the Russell Athletic Bowl was sprung from a desire to hold a second bowl game in Miami as an accompaniment to the Orange Bowl, and to showcase the brand new stadium in the city that was built in 1987. Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga quickly joined forces with bowl organizers and brought in Blockbuster Video, which he owned at the time, as title sponsor. The inaugural game, played on December 28, 1990, pitted Florida State and Penn State, and two legendary coaches, Bobby Bowden versus Joe Paterno in front of over 74,000 at Joe Robbie Stadium. Subsequent games, however, never matched the success of the first, even though the bowl was eventually moved to New Year's Day in 1993. For the 1994 playing, CarQuest Auto Parts became the title sponsor after Huizenga sold Blockbuster Video to Viacom (which later acquired, and renamed itself after, the CBS TV network, which broadcast the game during its New Year's Day era; a new Viacom was spun off from CBS in 2006, though Blockbuster was itself spun off in 2004). The New Year's Day experiment was short lived as the organizers of the Orange Bowl, who had been seeking to move the game out of the aging Miami Orange Bowl for some time, received permission to move to Joe Robbie Stadium beginning in 1996. After the 2000 playing, Florida Citrus Sports took over the game and moved it to Orlando.
The Orange Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. It has been played annually since January 1, 1935 and celebrated its 75th playing on January 1, 2009. The Orange Bowl, along with the Sugar Bowl and the Sun Bowl, are the second-oldest bowl games in the country, behind the Rose Bowl (first played 1902, played annually since 1916). The Orange Bowl is a member of the Bowl Championship Series.
The Orange Bowl hosted the BCS National Championship Game in 2001 and 2005. However, since the 2006 season, the BCS National Championship Game has been a stand-alone event, hosted by the local bowl organization one week following the New Year's Day bowl games (including the Orange Bowl). In other words, under the current BCS format, the Orange Bowl Committee hosted two games in 2009: the 2009 Orange Bowl on January 1 and the 2009 BCS National Championship Game on January 8, both at Sun Life Stadium.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl, previously the Peach Bowl, is an annual college football bowl game played in Atlanta, Georgia since December 1968. The first three Peach Bowls were played at Grant Field on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta. Between 1971 and 1991, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium hosted the game. Since 1992, the Georgia Dome has played host. The proposed New Falcons Stadium is planned to begin hosting the game in 2017. Seven of the first ten meetings (all but the 1968, 1971 and 1974 games) pitted an Atlantic Coast Conference team against an at-large opponent. From 1993 until 2013, the game has matched a Southeastern Conference team against one from the ACC. In 2005, the bowl reached a new landmark in prestige with its first-ever matchup of top 10-rated teams.
The game was originally created as a fund-raiser by the Lions Clubs of Georgia but in 1968, after years of lackluster attendance and revenue, the game was taken over by the Chamber of Commerce.