As college football’s regular season winds down and Selection Sunday draws nearer, Florida Citrus Sports members are making critical final-month visits to campuses around the ACC, SEC, Big Ten and Big 12, learning as much as they can about the programs and fans who may be visiting Camping World Stadium for the Camping World Bowl and Citrus Bowl in the near future.
On Monday, the Team Selection Committee convened in the Camping World Stadium Varsity Club once again, recapping a Week 10 slate that was anything but predictable.
Arguably the biggest stunner of the weekend came in Iowa City, where the host Iowa Hawkeyes dismantled No. 6 Ohio State 55-24 at Kinnick Stadium. Mike Stimac was on hand on behalf of Florida Citrus Sports and wrote in his report that the atmosphere was electric and that he would expect Iowa fans to travel well for a potential Citrus Bowl date in Orlando.
Iowa’s last appearance in the Citrus Bowl came on New Year’s Day 2005, featuring one of the most classic endings in the game’s history.
Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Greg Milakovic and Kris Dake were in East Lansing for Michigan State’s upset win over Penn State — a game that lasted more than seven hours thanks to a three-hour rain delay that started midway through the second quarter.
Despite the weather Milakovic and Dake said they had an memorable experience at Spartan Stadium
“Given Michigan State’s record last year, everybody was excited for this year and lots of tailgaters came last time Michigan State played here,” said Milakovic, noting the Spartans’ 49-7 loss to Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl. “So they were excited to see we were there.”
In the SEC, Greg Vanatta and longtime Florida Citrus Sports executive director Chuck Rohe made the trip to Athens for Georgia’s 24-10 win over South Carolina. And while the Bulldogs, currently ranked No. 1 in the CFP standings, may not be destined for the Citrus Bowl’s selection window, the Gamecocks could certainly make a case for their fourth Citrus Bowl appearance in program history.
“South Carolina would be very interested in coming here,” Rohe said of the Gamecocks, who dropped to 6-3 on the season with the loss. “If they can win the remainder of their schedule to get to nine or 10 wins, they would be a good candidate who would come with enthusiasm.
“They have a good young football team and played Georgia down to the end,” Rohe added, “and they would be a worthy opponent for the Big Ten in our bowl game.”
Another team currently destined for the CFP semifinals based on the latest rankings is Notre Dame, but that didn’t stop the Irish from giving Florida Citrus Sports representatives Sean Gerlin and Ryan Mitchell an experience to remember over the weekend in South Bend.
“I’ve been doing this about 10 years and this was probably the best experience I’ve ever had,” Gerlin said. “They roll out the red carpet for you, and they are amazing. That school, the campus, the tradition, everything — they’re so proud of it. So being there and being able to experience that was amazing.”
The next Team Selection Committee meeting is scheduled for next Monday, Nov. 13, in the Varsity Club. The Team Selection Committee is an all-volunteer community that represents Florida Citrus Sports at games across the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Big 12, and participation is open to all active members. To learn more about membership options, visit our information page.