Wisconsin Accepts Champs Sports Bowl Bid

Winning its final three games to put them in a better bowl position, Wisconsin (7-5) accepted the invitation to play in the Champs Sports Bowl, the Big Ten's No.5 bowl, against Florida State (8-4), making the Badgers fifth straight trip to Florida.

MADISON – Despite heading to the Sunshine State for the last three years, the prospect of having the Wisconsin Badgers and their well-traveling fans back to Orlando was too much for the Florida Citrus Sports committee to pass up.

After a week of speculation that the Badgers would be heading to southeast instead of west, Wisconsin confirmed those inquiries by accepting an invitation to play in the Champs Sports Bowl on December 27 (3:30 Central on ESPN) at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, the University announced Sunday.

Wisconsin will play Florida State (8-4, 5-3 ACC) in the first meeting between the two programs.

When the Badgers beat Minnesota on Nov. 15 to get their sixth win of the season and become bowl eligible, it appeared that Wisconsin was heading to Phoenix and the Insight Bowl, which would be UW's first bowl game in Arizona since the 1996 Copper Bowl. But with UW's win over Cal Poly and Minnesota's blowout loss to Iowa, it was clear that the FCS Committee wanted the 7-5 Badgers over the 7-5 Gophers.

This is UW's third trip to Orlando in four years, having played in the Capital One Bowl in 2006 (24-10 win over Auburn) and 2007 (17-14 win over Arkansas).

The Seminoles are coached by Bobby Bowden, who is No. 2 on the career victories list among Football Bowl Subdivision coaches with 381, trailing only Penn State's Joe Paterno, who has 383.

The Seminoles finished in a tie for first in the ACC Atlantic Division with Boston College, but did not advance to the ACC Title game due to a 27-17 home loss to the Eagles on November 15. The Seminoles other losses this season came against Wake Forest (12-3), Georgia Tech (31-28) and Florida, 45-15.

This will be Wisconsin's seventh straight season to end in a bowl appearance. That is the longest streak in school history and the second-longest current streak in the Big Ten, trailing only Ohio State. Florida State has the longest bowl streak in the country and will be appearing in a bowl for the 29th straight season.


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