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Orange Bowl

When tiny Bucknell defeated hometown Miami in the inaugural Orange Bowl, way back in 1935, few of the 5,134 fans in attendance could’ve predicted the game’s importance to college football in the years to come. By 1965, when Bear Bryant led a 10-0 Alabama team against 9-2 Texas, millions of viewers across America watched the Longhorns tip the Crimson Tide 21-17 in the first bowl game broadcast nationally on prime-time television.

Between 1938 and 1996, the game was held at the University of Miami’s Orange Bowl stadium, before shifting to what’s now known as Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dolphins. In the penultimate game at the Orange Bowl, the hometown Hurricanes had a chance to win the national championship, but Miami fell 24-17 to Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers have long been associated with the Orange Bowl, appearing 17 times in total (8-9), but Nebraska’s last appearance was in 1998. That year, the undefeated Huskers won a share of the national title by beating Tennessee in a 42-17 blowout, covering the 7.5-point spread in the process.

Underdogs won outright in the game four years in a row from 2013 to 2016, however, with Florida State beating Michigan 33-32 as 6.5-point dogs in 2016.

The year before it was Clemson defeating Oklahoma 37-17 in the CFP semifinals as 3.5-point underdogs. Georgia Tech overcame a 6-point spread to blast Mississippi State 49-34 in 2014, and the year before Clemson beat Ohio State 40-35 facing a 2.5-point edge.

This year’s Orange Bowl pits the No. 6-ranked Wisconsin Badgers vs the No. 10-ranked Miami Hurricanes. Both teams are coming off losses in their most recent games, and in the Hurricanes’ case, they’ve dropped two straight games by double digits. Miami has also been on a spread covering drought, covering just two spreads in its last eight games. Read our Orange Bowl betting preview here.

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Orange Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Orange BowlFlorida State31Notre Dame26+10NOTRDFLAST
1996Orange BowlVirginia Tech21Nebraska41-15.5NEBRNEBR
1997Orange BowlTennessee17Nebraska42-7.5NEBRNEBR
1998Orange BowlFlorida31Syracuse10+7FLAFLA
1999Orange BowlMichigan35Alabama34-2.5MICHMICH
2000Orange BowlFlorida State2Oklahoma13+11.5OKLAOKLA
2001Orange BowlFlorida56Maryland23+14.5FLAFLA
2002Orange BowlIowa17Southern Cal38-4.5USCUSC
2003Orange BowlMiami16Florida State14-1.5MIAMIMIAMI
2004Orange BowlOklahoma19Southern Cal55-3USCUSC
2005Orange BowlFlorida State23Penn State26-9FLASTPENNST
2006Orange BowlWake Forest13Louisville24-10LOUISVLOUISV
2007Orange BowlKansas24Virginia Tech21-3KANSASKANSAS
2008Orange BowlVirginia Tech20Cincinnati7-2.5VTECHVTECH
2009Orange BowlIowa24Georgia Tech14-6IOWAIOWA
2010Orange BowlVirginia Tech12Stanford40-3.5STANFOSTANFO
2011Orange BowlWest Virginia70Clemson33-3WESTVWESTV
2012Orange BowlFlorida State31Northern Illinois10+14.5FLASTFLAST
2013Orange BowlClemson40Ohio State35-2.5CLEMCLEM
2014Orange BowlGeorgia Tech49Mississippi State34-6Georgia TechGeorgia Tech
2015Orange BowlOklahoma17Clemson37+3.5CLEMCLEM
2016Orange BowlMichigan32Florida State33+6.5FLASTFLAST
2017Orange BowlWisconsin-Miami-   

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