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TaxSlayer Bowl Preview History

TaxSlayer Bowl Preview History

2015 TaxSlayer Bowl Preview

The Iowa Hawkeyes and Tennessee Volunteers will meet in the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl. The TaxSlayer Bowl will be played on January 2nd, 2015 at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Both teams enter the bowl riding inconsistent seasons. The Hawkeyes finished the year 7-5 but lost close games against Wisconsin and Nebraska which easily could have gone either way. Tennessee will try and ride the momentum from their victory over in-state rival Vanderbilt. It is the Volunteers first bowl trip since 2010, and a win in the TaxSlayer Bowl would be huge for Rocky Top.

2014 Gator Bowl Preview

The 2014 Gator Bowl will be played on Wednesday, January 1 at 12 PM between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Georgia Bulldogs. A promising season has not gone the way Georgia fans had hoped. Injuries have depleted the Bulldog roster, none more important than the knee injury ending Aaron Murray's season. Huston Mason takes over for Murray and will be making his second start for Georgia. The Bulldogs still have Todd Gurley, who is only 97 yards away from a 1,000 yard season despite missing three games with an injury. Georgia beat Nebraska last season in the Capital One Bowl.

Nebraska has lost two of its last three games. The quarterback position is unsettled. Will it be senior Ron Kellogg III or freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr? Whoever gets the start will have a reliable weapon in Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah is ninth in the country in rushing with 1,568 and 8 touchdowns. Nebraska is 0-2 against Top 25 schools this season. Bo Pelini could use a win to take some of the pressure off himself and point the program in the right direction.

2012 Gator Bowl Game Preview:
Call it the battle of the ghost of Urban Meyer—except he’s still with us, and he’s currently coaching neither team. However, with 6-6 Ohio State Buckeyes awaiting his arrival in 2012 and 6-6 Florida Gators still trying to find its way after his departure in 2009, there will be a lot of talk about him as January 2nd rolls around. The talk should be about how similar these two teams are (besides their records), and what a great match-up it should be. The only major difference between the team is the Buckeyes’ ability to run more, which should be a great test for an up and coming Florida defense.

2011 Gator Bowl Game Preview:
The Gator Bowl on New Year's Day promises to be an atypical Big Ten- SEC showdown as two of the more prolific offenses—the Rich Rodriguez-led Michigan Wolverines and Dan Mullen's Mississippi State Bulldogs—will highlight their spread offenses instead of the usual smash-mouth defenses they're known for.

Michigan comes in on the heels of quarterback Denard Robinson, who led the team in both passing (with 2,316 yards) and rushing (1,643 yards). He helped the team achieve the sixth-highest total yardage in college football this year with a tick over 500 yards per game. However, the Wolverine defense has had the opposite of Robinson's spectacular season, ranking 102nd in Division 1 in points given up.

Mississippi State could have a field day with against the Wolverines its own dual-threat QB in Chris Reif. He rushed for 683 yards and leading rusher Vick Ballard trotted in for 16 scores, which could be bad news for a struggling defense. The Bulldogs understandably stumbled a bit after their defensive end Nick Bell died of cancer, but they've won seven of their last nine and look to be a formidable foe for Rodriguez and the Wolverines.

2010 Gator Bowl Game Preview:
The 2010 Gator Bowl will be a historic college football bowl game. That is because this bowl game will be the last college football game for legendary Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden. Bowden's FSU Seminoles will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in what is sure to be one of the most talked about bowl games of the season.

2009 Gator Bowl Game Preview:
Jacksonville, Florida is going to be filled with throngs of college football fans come New Year’s as the crowds will fill Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for the 2009 Gator Bowl game. The Gator Bowl, one of the oldest college bowls, will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. the Clemson Tigers in a New Year’s Day football battle. Florida is pretty year-round, so head to Jacksonville and be a part of the action at the 2009 Gator Bowl!

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