It's one of the most watched
college bowl games ever as the annual Orange Bowl
celebrates its 84nd anniversary this year.
Tickets for the Orange Bowl traditionally go on sale in May of the previous year, and are available from participating teams when they are announced in early December.
Watch as two of the best college teams square off when the Orange Bowl airs live from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida at 8PM ET on Saturday, December 30, 2017 on ESPN.
Orange Bowl Trivia & Fun Facts
The first Orange Bowl was played in 1935 between Manhattan College and the University of Miami. To save money, Manhattan College cruised from New York to Miami by boat taking three days to reach the match which Miami won, 7-0.
The first Orange Bowl ever televised was broadcast before a national audience in January, 1953 when Alabama trounced Syracuse 61-6.
The first Orange Bowl night game ever occurred on January 1, 1965 when Texas upset top-ranked Alabama 21-17. A young Alabama quarterback named Joe Namath played despite a knee injury, but was nevertheless named the game's Most Valuable Player after battling on to complete 18 of 37 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns.
After four fumbles and an interception, Nebraska recovered from a 17-7 deficit to an improbable 21-20 victory over Louisiana State in 1983 in one of the Orange Bowl's most historic squeakers.