By Carrie Dow
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This year the city of Miami gets college football’s BCS double header: the Discover Orange Bowl on January 1 and the Discover BCS Championship game on January 7. If you like college football, this is the week to be in Miami.
This year’s Orange Bowl teams are the Florida State Seminoles from the SEC vs. the Northern Illinois Huskies from the MAC. Fan events surrounding the game are expected to run all day until the game starts at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
The first Orange Bowl was held January 1, 1935, and featured Bucknell vs. Miami with Bucknell the winner. Throughout its history, the Orange Bowl has been the sight of many national championships. It is also well-known for its spectacular halftime shows. This year’s half time entertainment is country music star Jake Owen. Xenia Martinez, finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform the National Anthem.
One week later, on January 7 at 8 p.m., is the BCS Championship Game to decide the best US college football team of 2012 and will feature the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame vs. the Crimson Tide of Alabama. This is the second time Miami has hosted both the Orange Bowl and the Championship Game.
In 1997, the Orange Bowl along with the Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl became part of the BCS Bowl Alliance to create a unified nation championship game. Now, the BCS Championship Game rotates to each of the Bowl Alliance cities and this year the game is back in Miami. While Notre Dame earned the first bid to the national championship game by ending their season undefeated, their opponent wasn’t decided until December 1 when Alabama beat the Georgia Bulldogs for the SEC Championship.
The games will be held at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL, home to the Miami Dolphins NFL team. Tickets to both games are available and can be purchased online. Visit Orange Bowl.org for Orange Bowl tickets. BCS Championship tickets as well as all Bowl Alliance game tickets can be purchased through PrimeSport.com.
No matter which team you root for, enjoy the tailgating in Miami this year. Even though I’m supposed to be impartial, I just have to say, Go Huskies!