The bowl game will be the finale for head coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez. The 58-year-old announced his retirement earlier this season and he will leave as the winningest football coach in the university's history.
Auburn, 9-2 overall, is 1-0-1 vs. the Badgers. The Tigers took a 28-14 win following the 2003 regular season at the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl in Nashville. The only previous meeting in football vs. the Badgers was a regular season 7-7 tie at Madison, Wisc., in 1931.
Auburn is ranked a season-best seventh in this week's coaches poll and the AP 25, moving up two spots in each, while the Badgers are ranked 20th by the coaches and 21st in the AP rankings. Auburn is the highest ranked SEC team in either poll, one spot ahead of Georgia, which won the league championship game on Saturday night vs. LSU.
"We are very excited to be returning to Orlando for the Capital One Bowl," Coach Tommy Tuberville. "In our previous trips to the Capital One Bowl, our players, fans and staff have really enjoyed their time in Orlando. We look forward to facing a very good Wisconsin team that we faced two years ago during bowl season."
Auburn officials note that bowl tickets may be ordered by phone, 1-800-AUB-1957, ext. 1, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST or on-line at www.autigertickets.com (Save $10 on handling charges by ordering on-line). Tickets are $70 each and there is no limit on the number of tickets that may be purchased.
Bowl tickets will be allocated based on priority. In the case of an oversubscription, refunds will be issued accordingly. Priority contributors also received a paper order form that may be returned by mail or fax (334-844-0340). All priority orders must be received by Wednesday, December 7, 2005. "I know Auburn fans are excited about traveling to Orlando to celebrate the success of the Tiger football program in 2005," Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said. "It is a great bowl game with fantastic activities and attractions in the Orlando area that our fans have always enjoyed."
The Tigers and Badgers have no common opponents this season. Wisconsin opened the year with five straight victories. The Badgers defeated Bowling Green (56-42), Temple (65-0) and North Carolina (14-5) before opening league play with wins vs. Michigan (23-20) and Indiana (41-24).
The Badgers are scoring 35.2 points per game and are allowing 24.9 points. Alvarez's team is rushing for 161.6 yards per game and giving up 173.2 per contest on the ground. They are averaging 222.3 passing yards per contest and allowing 259.2.
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has a 3-2 record in bowl games and is on a three-game bowl winning streak.
The trip to Capital One trip will be the 32nd bowl appearance for the Tigers and the sixth straight for Coach Tommy Tuberville, who is taking the Tigers to the bowl in Orlando for the third time. Auburn lost to Michigan 31-28 following the 2000 season and defeated Penn State 13-9 to wrap up the 2002 campaign. The Tigers are 3-1 all-time at the Orlando Bowl with victories over Boston College in 1982 and Southern Cal to close the 1986 season.
The Tigers go into the bowl game on a four-game winning streak since losing in overtime at LSU on Oct. 22nd.