The 2011 Champs Sports Bowl is just a day away. We’re sure you have so many questions. We’re here to help. (For an Xs and Os breakdown, check out Andy Staples’ game preview.)
• Where will this game be played? The Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando.
• But it’s not the Citrus Bowl? No, the Capital One Bowl is the Citrus Bowl.
• No, the Capital One Bowl was the Tangerine Bowl. Only until 1983, when sponsorship was opened up to an infinite variety of delicious fresh produce. Oh, and except from 2001-2003, when the Champs Sports Bowl was, in fact, the Tangerine Bowl.
• Wait. What? Look, Reggie Ball was once the MVP of this football contest. Don’t expect continuity.
• Have either of those games, at any point in their history, been the Peach Bowl? We are almost positive they have not.
• When is it on television? Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, December 29. The game will be televised on ESPN.
• Whom does it feature? The ACC and Big East are the designated tie-in conferences.
• What about this year? Florida State and Notre Dame, both 8-4, have drawn the first ticket sellout in game history.
• Who will call the game? Prepare for mayhem: Joe Tessitore and Rod Gilmore re-team, with Holly Rowe on the sidelines.
• What wacky activities/mild public indignities will the players be subjected to over the course of the week? Bowl week suits itself impeccably to Orlando with a week of nondescript yet relentlessly festive merry-making. Marching band concerts, parades and pep rallies are the standard of entertainment. But if you want wacky, give an eyeball to the official bowl Twitter feed, the finest source of social media amusement in the postseason.
• Enough about the football. What about the loot? Another day, another bowl game, another Best Buy gift card. Wah-wah.
• Please impart any miscellaneous knowledge you might have concerning the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl. Glad you asked! TIDBIT THE FIRST: SI.com’s assigned writer for this game, Andy Staples, is in fact a former Champs Sports employee, telling us, “If you bought shoes in suburban Jamlando in ’95 or ’96, I may have speedlaced them for you.” TIDBIT THE SECOND: In the interest of the bowl’s sweet-and-sour history, an abridged list of citrus fruits that have to the best of our knowledge never been used to name a bowl game: Key lime, kaffir lime, satsuma, blood orange (really missing out there), grapefruit and kumquat.
Stay tuned for more postseason FAQ sheets, and stay on top of a hectic postseason slate with our complete 2011-2012 College Football Bowl Schedule.