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January 01, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
Capital One Bowl
Jan. 1, 1:00pm
Teams: Michigan Wolverines (8-4) vs. #9 Florida Gators (9-3)
Betting Line: Florida is favored by 10.5 points.
Brief History: Follow along here: started in 1947 as the Tangerine Bowl. Became the Florida Citrus Bowl in 1983 and stayed with that name until 1994...when it became the CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl (but just until 1999). In 2000, it was called the Ourhouse.com Florida Citrus Bowl, but for that one year only. For two years, in 2001 and 2002, it was known as the Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl. In 2003, it was played under the current name, Capital One Bowl.
Fun Fact: Capital One is currently offering Auto Loans & Refinancing as low as 5.99% APR.
Notable Schwag for the Players: Party at Best Buy, $400 Best Buy gift card for each player, Timely Watch Co. watch, Panama Jack sunglasses, Panama Jack T-shirt and cap. Party at Best Buy?!
Preview: The other night, my roommate "Cable" (names have been changed to protect the innocent) saw an advertisement for the Capital One Bowl and exclaimed, "Wow, Michigan is gonna lose by 40!" As my favorite pencil-selling college football analyst would say, "Not so fast!"
As everyone knows, Michigan got off to a less than impressive start this season, losing back-to-back games, at home, to App. St. and Oregon (and looking back on it, that loss to the Ducks wasn't terrible - they were 8-1 and ranked #2 in the country at one point this season, before losing QB Dennis Dixon). From there, the Wolverines went 8-2, featuring an eight-game winning streak that included wins over then-#10 Penn St. and at Illinois (playing in the Rose Bowl). Even their last two losses, at Wisconsin and against #7 Ohio State, aren't awful.
This is not to take away from Florida, however. They still have Tim Tebow and his 51 TDs. Their three losses came in a four-week stretch (Sept. 29-Oct. 27): home to Auburn, at #1 LSU and at #20 Georgia. Tebow will have to get past the "Heisman jinx": Heisman-winning quarterbacks are 5-7 in bowl games since 1980.