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Capital One Bowl

Published on January 2, 2012 by   ·   3 Comments

capital-one-bowl-logoThe Capital One Bowl is a New Year’s Day bowl game that features the number 2 best team from the Big Ten against a top rated SEC squad. For many years, this game was known as the Tangerine Bowl (1947-1983) and the Florida Citrus Bowl (1983-2002).

The game is played in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando Florida. This year’s game will see the Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3) face off against the South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2). Kickoff for this game is 1:00PM ET and can be viewed on ESPN.

South Carolina looked like they should have run away with the SEC East this year; however, they stumbled against Auburn and got beat up on the road against Arkansas. They went into the bowl season on an upswing as they destroyed instate rival Clemson 34-13.

Nebraska was the newcomer to the Big 10 conference this year. They didn’t find their new conference to be the cakewalk that they expected. They lost big games against Wisconsin and Michigan and also got surprised at home against Northwestern. Combine that with a weak non-conference schedule and you have a team that looks like an underdog in this game.


In this matchup, the South Carolina defense should be the difference in this game. Nebraska has a rather poor passing game; if they get down early, they will not be able to come back. The Cornhuskers are only going to win this game if they can dominate the ground game on both sides of the ball.


The Gamecocks are a 2 point favorite in this game. I see this game being a lower scoring contest, with the final score being 25-20 in favor of the South Carolina.

2010 Capital One Bowl

Michigan State is the upstart team at 11-1. They have not played this well in a long time but still could not crack the BCS games because they tied for the Big Ten championship with Wisconsin and Ohio State.

Alabama won the National Championship last year. They were favored to repeat this year, but had three painful losses. The worst of the three was the Iron Bowl against their rivals Auburn. They got off to a 24-0 start and it should have been more; but Auburn came all the way back to shock the Tide 28-27. That was Alabama’s last game and it did not leave a good taste in their mouth.

Previous Bowl Results

Since 1993, this has been a Big Ten vs SEC matchup. The two conferences are 9-9 since then in this bowl game. The Big Ten has won 5 of the last 6 Capital One bowls. Penn State defeated LSU last year 19-17.


Alabama was the 2010 BCS National Championship Game last year. They defeated the Texas Longhorns 37-21 when Colt McCoy went out of the game early. Alabama has the most bowl wins and appearances of any team with an all-time record of 32-22-3.

Michigan State has not made many bowl games in recent years; although MSU (6-6) did play in the Alamo Bowl last year against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-3), losing 41-31.

Capital One Bowl Breakdown

RecordsMichigan State: 11-1; Alabama: 9-3
All Time Bowl RecordMichigan State: 7-13; Alabama: 32-22-3
Key WinsMichigan State: Notre Dame 34-31, Wisconsin 34-24, Michigan 34-17; Alabama: Penn State 24-3, Arkansas 24-20, Florida 31-6
Key LossesMichigan State: Iowa 37-6; Alabama: South Carolina 35-21, LSU 24-21, Auburn 28-27

Michigan State got away with not having to play Ohio State this year, but this ended up costing them as there was a three-way tie atop the Big Ten standings. The BCS bowls choose the top two Big Ten teams as ranked by the BCS standings. The bad loss to Iowa was what ended up hurting the Spartans because neither Wisconsin or Ohio State lost a game after them.

Alabama lost their 19 game winning streak midway throught the year to South Carolina. They also lost a tough game at LSU when Les Miles called a 4th and 1 reverse in the 4th quarter. Then came the heartbreak at home against Auburn, a game they will not soon forget.

Points For/GameMichigan State: 31.3; Alabama: 34.6
Points Against/GameMichigan State: 20.1; Alabama: 14.1
Offensive Yards/GameMichigan State: 406.5; Alabama: 435.5

Alabama is statistically a little better than the Spartans in just about every category including rushing, passing and defense.


All three games that Alabama has lost this year are games that the opponent scored more then 20 points, the only three times they allowed more than 20 points this year. In order for the Spartans to win this game, they must also be able to do this and win a tough game like Auburn and LSU did.

Michigan State is a great story this year, but I don’t think that they have it in them to beat Alabama. The final score will be 24-13.

Bowl Game Results

Can somebody say fraudulent? Michigan State proves that it isn’t ready for a BCS birth by laying an egg against Alabama. How did they manage to play worse then their cross-state rivals? Roll Tide – 49-7.

2010 Bowl Record – 14-11

Previous Capital One Bowl Highlights

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