The 2012 Capital One Bowl is just hours away. We're sure you have so many questions. We're here to help. (For an Xs and Os breakdown, check out Bill Trocchi's game preview.)
• What's all this, then? Welcome to Orlando and the 66th Capital One Bowl, which has been the Tangerine Bowl way more times than the Champs Sports Bowl has.
• Where will this game be played? The Citrus Bowl, which was also the name of this game for 10 years after it got through being the Tangerine Bowl. Oh, and the stadium also used to be called the Tangerine Bowl. As you were.
• When is it on television? Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, Monday, January 2. The game will be televised on ESPN.
• Whom does it feature? Half of college football's major conferences and more than a few minor ones (OVC, holla!) have had tie-ins to this game at one point or another; current contracts pit the SEC against the Big Ten.
• What about this year? This is the day we all look forward to each bowl season, when matchup quality really starts to ramp up (before plummeting again, briefly, for the purposes of the inexplicable BBVA Compass Bowl). Today, 9-3 Nebraska and 10-2 South Carolina will face off.
• Who will call the game? Quality abounds in the booth as well, with internet favorite and mayhem harbinger Joe Tessitore on the mic alongside Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich.
• Enough about the football. What about the loot? Participating players were treated to a Best Buy shopping trip this week, where Nebraska kicker Brett Maher had his eye on a popcorn machine.
• What mild indignities/wacky activities will visiting teams be subjected to while in town? We're going to just quote the CapOne Bowl's Twitter feed directly here before pointing you to the picture: "It comes down to this: the players have to slide an Oreo down their face (without using hands) to win it all."
• Please impart any miscellaneous knowledge you might have concerning the 2012 Capital One Bowl. That Twitter feed, like the one promoting fellow Florida Citrus Sports contest the Champs Sports Bowl, has been an indispensable asset these past few weeks, providing much-needed levity, canny marketing and necessary public service. Much respect to the FCS marketing team, which has lapped the field this year in social media.
Stay tuned for more postseason FAQ sheets, and stay on top of a hectic postseason slate with our complete 2011-2012 College Football Bowl Schedule.