Dec. 7, 2008
The Florida State football program extended its bowl streak to 27 straight, a mark that leads the nation, Sunday evening when the Seminoles (8-4) accepted an invitation to the Champs Sports Bowl, which will be held December 27th at 4:30 p.m. at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The Seminoles will square off with the Wisconsin Badgers (7-5) and the game will be televised on ESPN.
“We are excited to be headed to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando,” Florida State Director of Athletics Randy Spetman said. “We feel that playing in Orlando gives our fans and our community a fantastic opportunity to not only come to the game, but participate in the events surrounding the game. We are also very pleased to be playing a quality opponent in the Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten. Florida State has never played Wisconsin in football so this will be a real treat.”
The contest will be the first meeting between Florida State and Wisconsin however the Seminoles hold an 8-2-1 record all-time vs. current Big Ten opponents. FSU has played five of the 11 Big Ten schools including Indiana (1-0), Michigan (1-1), Michigan State (2-0), Ohio State (3-0) and Penn State (1-1-1). The last time FSU faced a Big Ten opponent was in the 2006 Orange Bowl when the Seminoles fell to Penn State in a 26-23 triple overtime thriller.
Steve Hogan from Florida Citrus Sports/Champs Bowl:
“We’re about as excited as we can be to host the Seminoles against the Badgers, two power programs that represent the ACC and the Big Ten, in what I believe to be one of the best bowl games in the country. We’re fortunate to have two of them here in one week so we’re looking forward to this one December, 27th unopposed on television on ESPN at 4:30 eastern. I think it should be a well of a rating for both of these teams. I think it’s two pretty evenly matched programs who have something to prove here in Orlando and I don’t believe that Wisconsin has ever played Florida State so this should be a good one with one heck of a coach.”
On the opportunity to play in Orlando and a Big Ten team:
“Well both of those are plusses, there’s no doubt about it. When I first came to Florida State in 1976, in 1977 we went to our first bowl, the old Tangerine Bowl. That will always be one of my fondest bowls. I don’t know if there is a there is a city in the United State or the world that is better for families then Orlando, Florida, ya now. That part is strictly a plus. Now playing Wisconsin is better because of the Big Ten and the area in the country in which it comes from. I like the contrast. I like the north versus the south contract. That’s better then playing somebody from Mississippi or somebody from Louisiana and so I think it’s going to be a very interesting game.”
On having the bowl game streak extended:
“I guess if you coach long enough a lot of things like that happen. This year I played in my 500th ballgame, which is not anything I’ve planned on it, just happened. Won our 300th game at Florida State, I hadn’t planned on that, that just happened. Now we’ve get 27 bowls in a row and that just happened also. We like that”