The Capital One Orange Bowl is one of the six games that are a part of the College Football Playoffs semifinals rotation. It is played at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
For many years, prior to moving into what is now known as Hard Rock Stadium, the game was played in the Miami Orange Bowl (1938-1996). In the early years, it was played at Miami Field (which would later be demolished; the Miami Orange Bowl was built in its place).
The game did return to the Miami Orange Bowl for one game in 1999 because the Dolphins were hosting a playoff game that year.
The origins of the game can be traced as far back as 1926 when city leaders in Miami decided to hold the ‘Fiesta of the American Tropics’ featuring a college football game, as a way to promote tourism. It was only held for one year, but in 1932 it was revived. But this time it was called the Palm Festival.
At its center was the Festival of Palms Bowl, a college football game between the Miami Hurricanes and an invited team.
This game was never officially recognized as a bowl game since it guaranteed a spot to one team regardless of the team’s record. But the success of the game encouraged organizers to back another game in 1935—the Orange Bowl.
The 1964 edition of the game (played on January 1, 1965) between Texas and Alabama has the distinction of being the first college game broadcast during prime time. No. 5 Texas beat then-No. 1 Alabama, 21-17.
For many years, the game did not have an official conference tie-in; just a loose affiliation with the Big Eight. Starting in 1998, it became part of the Bowl Coalition making it part of the rotation of bowls that would host the BCS title game (which it did in 2001 and 2005).
Since 2007, if the ACC conference champion wasn’t playing in the championship game, it played in the Orange Bowl (or the runner-up would).
Over the years, the game has been sponsored by FedEx (1989-2010) and Discover (2011-2014). It is currently being sponsored by Capital One (since December 2014).
Last season’s game featured Florida State and Michigan. The Wolverines overcame a 14-point half time deficit to take a 30-27 lead late in the game only to lose 33-32 in the end. Dalvin Cook led the way for the Seminoles with 207 all-purpose yards and one touchdown.