The 2019-20 bowl lineup is set! Orlando will host three of the six winningest programs in college football history as the No. 13 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2, 6-2 SEC) and the 14th-ranked Michigan Wolverines (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten) meet in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl on January 1, and the No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) and the Iowa State Cyclones (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) square off in the Camping World Bowl on December 28.
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Vrbo Citrus Bowl
The No. 13 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2, 6-2 SEC) and the 14th-ranked Michigan Wolverines (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten) will meet in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl. Florida Citrus Sports chairman Tom Sittema and CEO Steve Hogan announced the matchup today on behalf of the organization’s Team Selection Committee.
The 74th edition of the game will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Camping World Stadium and will be televised nationally by ABC.
This year’s Vrbo Citrus Bowl will be the fifth all-time meeting between the Crimson Tide and Wolverines and the first since an Alabama victory over Michigan during the opening week of the 2012 season. The all-time series between the teams is tied 2-2.
Alabama is 2-0 in two previous appearances in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl, with the most recent coming in 2011 against Michigan State. Michigan is 4-1 in five previous Vrbo Citrus Bowl appearances, with the most recent appearance coming in 2016, a 41-7 victory over Florida.
Winners of two of the past four CFP national championships, Alabama ranks second nationally in scoring at 48.3 points per game and ranks third among FBS teams in passing offense with 343.5 yards per game through the air. Devonta Smith (1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns) and Jerry Jeudy (959 yards and nine touchdowns) lead the Alabama receiving corps, and Najee Harris has paced the Alabama rushing attack with 1,088 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. In two games since taking over as Crimson Tide starting quarterback, Mac Jones has thrown for 610 yards and seven touchdowns.
Alabama also ranks 17th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 318.6 yards per game, and its pass defense ranks No. 9 among FBS programs at 183.4 yards allowed per game. Xavier McKinney leads the Tide defense with 85 total tackles on the season, while Anfernee Jennings (12 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks) and Terrell Lewis (11.5 tackles for loss, six sacks) have been disruptive in the backfield all season long.
Michigan enters the game ranked sixth nationally in total defense, allowing 292.8 yards per game, and has held opposing quarterbacks to just 173.8 passing yards per game. The Wolverines have held opponents to 19.5 points per game and Khaleke Hudson leads the team with 96 tackles. Defensive end Kwity Paye (12.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks) and linebacker Josh Uche (10.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks) have also had strong seasons, and Ambry Thomas and Lavert Hill lead the defense with three interceptions each.
Offensively, the Wolverines come in averaging 33 points per game and are paced by quarterback Shea Patterson, who ranks in the top three in the Big Ten in passing yards (2,828) and passing touchdowns (22) and has also added five rushing touchdowns this season. Zach Charbonnet is Michigan’s top-producing running back with 642 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Ronnie Bell (705 yards), Nico Collins (681 yards and seven touchdowns) and Donovan Peoples-Jones (404 yards and six touchdowns) lead the Wolverines receiving corps.
Tickets for the Vrbo Citrus Bowl are available via Ticketmaster by visiting https://bigtime.games/2020vcbtix. Groups of 10 or more may call the Florida Citrus Sports offices at 407.423.2476.
Camping World Bowl
The No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) and the Iowa State Cyclones (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) will meet in the Camping World Bowl. Florida Citrus Sports chairman Tom Sittema and CEO Steve Hogan announced the matchup Sunday on behalf of the organization’s Team Selection Committee.
The 30th edition of the game will take place at noon on Saturday, Dec. 28 at Camping World Stadium and will be televised nationally by ABC.
This year’s Camping World Bowl will be the first ever meeting between the Fighting Irish and Cyclones and the first Orlando bowl appearance for Iowa State. Notre Dame’s only other appearance in the Camping World Bowl came in 2011, when the Irish fell to Florida State in what was then known as the Champs Sports Bowl. Notre Dame also appeared in the 2017 Citrus Bowl, a 21-17 win over LSU.
The Fighting Irish boast one of the nation’s top pass defenses and have limited opponents to 163.7 yards per game through the air this season. Notre Dame has also held opponents to an average of just 18.7 points per game on the year and leads the nation with 17 fumble recoveries.
Offensively, Notre Dame averages 37.1 points per game, good for 13th among FBS teams, and enters the Camping World Bowl averaging 429.4 total yards per game. The offense is paced by quarterback Ian Book, who ranks sixth nationally with 33 touchdown passes, and senior receiver Chase Claypool, who leads the team with 59 receptions for 891 yards and has hauled in 12 receiving touchdowns, tied for ninth among FBS players.
Iowa State, meanwhile, boasts a Top 10 passing attack with 318.3 passing yards per game, and is led by quarterback Brock Purdy, who leads the Big 12 and ranks fourth nationally in passing yards with 3,760 on the year. Purdy also ranks ninth nationally in passing touchdowns with 27 and has three different receivers (Charlie Kolar, La’Michael Pettway and Sean Shaw, Jr.) with at least five receiving touchdowns.
On the opposite side of the ball, the Cyclones have held opponents to an average of 25.3 points, and the Iowa State run defense ranks second in the Big 12, allowing just 133.8 yards per game on the ground. Marcel Spears and Lawrence White lead the team with 85 and 82 total tackles, respectively, while O’Rien Vance (6.5) and Will McDonald (6.0) lead the team in sacks.
Tickets for the Camping World Bowl are available via Ticketmaster by visiting https://bigtime.games/2019cwbtix. Groups of 10 or more may call the Florida Citrus Sports offices at 407.423.2476.