2015 Russell Athletic Bowl: North Carolina vs Baylor


2015 Russell Athletic Bowl: Carolina vs Baylor

Stadium: Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium

Location: Orlando, Fla.

Date: Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. on ESPN

Capacity: 60,219

ACC record in Russell Athletic Bowl: 13-8

Originally called the Blockbuster Bowl, the Russell Athletic Bowl was born in Miami, Florida in 1990. With each successive year in Orlando, the bowl has continued to make great strides. In early 2012, Russell Athletic signed an agreement with Florida Citrus Sports to be the new title sponsor of the game through 2017.

This game's place in the postseason lineup has also improved siginificantly. In the new College Football Playoff era, the Russell Athletic Bowl will match the top selection from the ACC (inclusive of Notre Dame) outside of the CFP series, against the second selection from the Big 12 of the CFP series.

ACC Selections Order:

College Football Playoff

Russell Athletic Bowl versus Big 12 #3

Bowl Selections pool (all have equal selection status get picks #3-6)

  • Belk Bowl versus SEC
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl versus Pac-12 #5
  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl versus Big Ten
  • Music City Bowl or the TaxSlayer Bowl versus SEC

From 2014-19, the Music City and TaxSlayer will each get ACC team three times. TaxSlayer has ACC priority this year after Music City used ACC in 2014.

Date Result Game MVP
December 29, 2014 Clemson: 40, Oklahoma: 6 Cole Stoudt, QB, Clemson
December 28, 2013 Louisville: 36, Miami (FL): 9 Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
December 28, 2012 Virginia Tech: 13, Rutgers: 10 (OT) Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech
December 29, 2011 Florida State: 18, Notre Dame: 14 Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
December 28, 2010 NC State: 23, West Virginia: 7 Russell Wilson, QB, NC State
December 29, 2009 Wisconsin: 20, Miami (FL): 14 John Clay, RB, Wisconsin
December 27, 2008 Florida State: 42, Wisconsin: 13 Graham Gano, K/P, FSU
December 28, 2007 Boston College: 24, Michigan State: 21 Jamie Silva, FS, Boston College
December 29, 2006 Maryland: 24, Purdue: 7 Sam Hollenbach, QB, Maryland
December 27, 2005 Clemson: 19, Colorado: 10 James Davis, RB, Clemson
December 21, 2004 Georgia Tech: 51, Syracuse 14 Reggie Ball, QB, Georgia Tech
December 22, 2003 NC State: 56, Kansas: 26 Philip Rivers, QB, NC State
December 23, 2002 Texas Tech: 55, Clemson: 15 Kliff Kingsbury, QB, Texas Tech
December 20, 2001 Pittsburgh: 34, NC State: 19 Antonio Bryant, WR, Pitt
December 28, 2000 NC State: 38, Minnesota: 30 Philip Rivers, QB, NC State
December 30, 1999 Illinois: 63, Virginia: 21 Kurt Kittner, QB, Illinois
December 29, 1998 Miami (FL): 46, NC State: 23 Scott Covington, QB, Miami
December 29, 1997 Georgia Tech: 35, West Virginia: 30 Joe Hamilton, QB, Georgia Tech
December 27, 1996 Miami (FL): 31, Virginia: 21 Tremain Mack, SS, Miami
December 30, 1995 North Carolina: 20, Arkansas: 10 Leon Johnson, RB, UNC
January 1, 1994 Boston College: 31, Virginia: 13 Glenn Foley, QB, Boston College