Alabama and Auburn heading to the Sunshine State for bowl games

Alabama and Auburn heading to the Sunshine State for bowl games

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers are both headed to Florida for New Year’s Day bowl games.

For the first time in the era of the College Football Playoff, the Alabama Crimson Tide will not be one of the Top 4 teams playing for the College Football Playoff Championship.

Instead, the No. 13 ranked Crimson Tide will take on Michigan in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Alabama, who was ranked in the Top 5 all season long, fell out of the Top 10 to No. 12 after losing to Auburn 48-45 in the Iron Bowl.

Alabama’s two losses this season come at the hands of LSU, who played in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia Saturday, and Auburn. Before their loss at home to LSU, the Crimson Tide had started the season 8-0. They’ve suffered several injuries throughout the season, but none bigger than the one suffered by junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a season-ending leg injury in the Mississippi State game Nov. 16.

The Crimson Tide enter the bowl season with a 10-2 record and have lost two games before the bowl season for the first time since the 2010 season when the Tide were 9-3 going into the Capital One Bowl game against Michigan State.

The Citrus Bowl between Alabama and Michigan will be played on Jan. 1. For tickets, visit this link.

The No. 12 Auburn Tigers will be taking on Minnesota in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla.

Auburn enters with a 9-3 record and two wins over a Top 10 team this season (Oregon and Alabama). The Tigers boast a suffocating defensive unit that will be tough to score on.

“We are very excited to extend an invitation to Auburn University and the University of Minnesota to play in this year’s Outback Bowl,” said Outback Bowl Chairman Tim Love. “These are two quality ten-win teams that should produce a great match-up fans are really going to enjoy watching on New Year’s Day. We look forward to hosting the teams and their fans, and ensure them they will have an amazing experience enjoying fun in the sun in the Tampa Bay area.”

The Auburn Tigers enter the bowl season on a high note. The Tigers defeated rival Alabama 48-45 in the Iron Bowl, knocking the Crimson Tide out of the College Football Playoff picture.

“We are excited about returning to the Outback Bowl for the first time in five years to face a very good Minnesota team out of the Big Ten Conference” said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. “I’ve been fortunate to make two previous trips to the Outback Bowl. Jim McVay and everyone associated with the bowl make it a first-class experience for our players and fans. We have the best fans in college football and I look forward to them joining us on New Year’s Day as we try to win our tenth game of the season and send our seniors out on a high note.”

For the second time in three seasons Auburn enters the bowl season looking for nine or more wins. In 2017, the Tigers went into the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl with 10 wins. The Tigers are making their seventh consecutive bowl appearance, all under head coach Gus Malzahn.

The Outback Bowl between Auburn and Minnesota will be Jan. 1 at noon. For tickets, visit this link.

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