Football Headed To Champs Sports Bowl

To face Michigan State in Orlando on December 28

Dec. 2, 2007

The Boston College football team has accepted an invitation to play in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. in Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando. The game, which will be televised by ESPN, will feature the 10-3 Eagles vs. the 7-5 Michigan State Spartans from the Big Ten Conference.

"We are extremely pleased to accept this invitation to play in the Champs Sports Bowl," Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo says. "Not only will we have the opportunity play a quality opponent in Michigan State, but our fans will have the opportunity to travel to one of the premier vacation destinations in the world. This is certain to be a very enjoyable experience for our student-athletes, their families and our fans."

BC will be making a school-record ninth consecutive bowl game appearance. The Eagles have won seven consecutive bowl games, the longest active bowl game winning streak in college football.

The Eagles, who finished as ACC runners-up after their 30-16 loss to Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game Saturday, have accomplished back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in school history. Along the way, they started the season 8-0 for the first time since 1942 and achieved a No. 2 national ranking, their best since being ranked No. 1 in 1942. They are led by the ACC Player of the Year, quarterback Matt Ryan, and the nation's number one rushing defense, which allows only 68.1 yards per game.

Boston College played in what is now the Champs Sports Bowl on New Year's Day of 1994 when it was called the Carquest Bowl. BC defeated Virginia, 31-13, in that game.

Information about tickets and travel packages can be found on the BC website,, or by calling the ticket office at 617-552-GoBC.