Tigers Headed to Orlando

The Clemson football team, fresh off of winning five of its last six games to end the 2005 season, will head to Orlando, Fla. to play in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec 27.

The Tigers will face an opponent from the Big 12- the Colorado Buffalos.

Clemson was also under consideration for the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

The Champs Sports Bowl receives the fourth pick after the BCS from the ACC and seventh pick from the Big 12. This year's game will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 at 5 p.m. and will be nationally televised by ESPN.

The total payout per team is $862,500. The Dec. 27th game date is the bowl's first post-Christmas date in Orlando.

This will be the last year the Champs Sports Bowl selects an opponent from the Big 12. Next year, the bowl game is under contract to match up an ACC team with the Big Ten.

Colorado finished the year 7-5 after losing to No. 2 Texas in the Big 12 Championship Saturday in Houston.

The Tigers last played in the Champs Sports Bowl, then called the Tangerine Bowl in 2002 against Texas Tech.

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