Bowl bliss: What you didn’t know about the Russell Athletic Bowl
ORLANDO, Fla. – After OU fans learned the Sooners would be heading to Orlando to face Clemson in a bowl game, many people began wondering about the Russell Athletic Bowl.
It’s a bowl many fans were not familiar with until the University of Oklahoma became involved.
The 2014 matchup between OU and Clemson will be the 25th season for this bowl.
However, there’s a good reason you didn’t recognize the name.
The Russell Athletic Bowl was originally titled the “Blockbuster Bowl” with the inaugural game taking place in Miami in 1990.
The bowl continued that way for three seasons before becoming the “Carquest Bowl” for the next three seasons.
After that, it was the “MicronPC.com Bowl.”
The game was then taken over by Florida Citrus Sports, making it the “Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl” and then the “Mazda Tangerine Bowl.”
In 2004, it was named the “Champs Sports Bowl” for the next seven seasons.
In 2012, it became known as the “Russell Athletic Bowl,” and will continue to so be named until at least 2017.
The 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl will be played on Monday, Dec. 29.
Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. inside the Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium.
It will be televised on ESPN.