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It's one of the most watched college bowl games ever as the annual Orange Bowl celebrates its landmark 85th anniversary this year.

And, in 2018, the football classic joins the Cotton Bowl as part of the 2019 college football championship playoffs.

This year it's No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners when the Orange Bowl airs live from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on Monday, December 31, 2018 on ESPN at 8PM ET.

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. Miami won, 7-0.

  • Bryant and Namath 1965
    .Coach Bear Bryant with Joe Namath,
    Orange Bowl MVP in 1965.

    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 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.


More about the Orange Bowl around the Web:
- Check out the official site offering news & updates, feature stories, player profiles and pictures, half time show info, ticket purchase and travel guide.

Hard Rock Stadium - Here's a good source for pics, virtual tour, seating guide, ticket purchase.

Orange Bowl - Wikipedia coverage includes a complete history, stats and winning teams dating back to 1935, with related resources.


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