Thursday, Dec. 29 – Champs Sports Bowl
They are among the most storied college-football programs in the nation. Yet, again this year, both the Florida State Seminoles and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame find themselves in a less-than-desirable bowl-game position after a disappointing season. While tonight’s Champs Sports Bowl might be a letdown compared to the exciting Bowl Championship Series bids of yester-seasons, at least the fans are loyal: Tickets for this year’s game sold out in three days, making for the bowl’s first-and-only sellout match-up – ever. Orlando has proven a popular bowl-game destination, and this week, fans will be treated to a horde of pre-game offerings including pep rallies, coach and player meet-and-greets, a parade of marching bands and tailgating street parties. This might really be The Happiest Place on Earth, after all. That is, if your team wins tonight. – Aimee Vitek (5:30 p.m. at Florida Citrus Bowl, 1610 W. Church St., 407-423-2476, fcsports.com, sold out)
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