After nearly 70 years as the Gator Bowl, the game became known only as the TaxSlayer Bowl in 2014 and will reprise that title again for another post-New Year's game between the SEC and Big Ten.
The series has been split relatively evenly between the two conferences in recent years, and the SEC managed to come back from back-to-back losses in 2013 and 2014, to win in January 2015, when Tennessee defeated Iowa, 45-28.
The Gator Bowl was originally held in Gator Bowl Stadium, but moved to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, better known as "The Swamp," for one year in 1994, the same year Gator Bowl Stadium was demolished. Since then, the game has been held at EverBank Field, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Here is everything you need to know to get ready for this year's TaxSlayer Bowl:
Date and time: Sat., Jan. 2, 12 p.m. ET
TV channel: ABC
Location: Jacksonville, Fla.
Stadium: EverBank Field, 67,246
Last year's score: Tennessee 45, Iowa 28
Last year's attendance: 56,310
Last year's TV rating: 2.6
Last year's payout for each school: $2.75 million
Teams with the most all-time appearances: Florida and Clemson, 9
Teams with the most all-time wins: Florida, 7
Georgia Bulldogs (9-3, 5-3 in SEC)
A devastating injury stole an All-American from Georgia's backfield for the second straight season, and this time it helped cost the Bulldogs their head coach. UGA will be without tailback Nick Chubb as well as 15-year veteran Mark Richt when they return to the field for their bowl game this December. The program decided that they'd had enough of their coach's string of good, but not great seasons and asked him to step down on November 29th. Three days later, the Miami Hurricanes hired the longtime SEC coach to restore their program back to former glory.
The Bulldogs won nine games this season, but a limited passing game prevented them from reaching their full potential. Greyson Lambert threw for more than 200 yards in only three games this season, and UGA's best win came over an Auburn team that nearly lost to Jacksonville State before finishing the season at 6-6. Sony Michel stepped up in Chubb's absence to be the latest in a long string of Bulldog 1,000-yard rushers, but that wasn't enough to deliver wins in showdowns against Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida. Georgia scored only 14.7 points per game in their three losses.
That doesn't mean that they'll be a pushover opponent during bowl season. Georgia's defense came together late in the season to rank as a top 10 unit in terms of total yardage allowed and scoring defense. They have the athletes and size to grind down smaller opponents and run past them late, regardless of who is manning the sideline.
Last bowl game: 2014 Belk Bowl (37-14 win over Louisville)
All-time bowl record: 28-19-3
Head coach's bowl record: This is Bryan McClendon's first bowl game as a head coach.
Penn State Nittany Lions (7-5, 4-4 in Big Ten)
It's been an up-and-down season for Penn State. The Nittany Lions started the season with a disappointing loss to Temple before coming back to win seven games in a row over largely inferior competition. But then, with the possibility of improving in James Franklin's second year, Penn State lost its last three games to Northwestern, Michigan and Michigan State, the latter a blowout.
The offense was particularly abysmal. Whether it's coaching, the offensive line or quarterback Christian Hackenberg, it just wasn't working this year. The Nittany Lions responded by firing offensive coordinator John Donovan.
However, Penn State has some talent and will be a challenge this postseason. Hackenberg can make some throws and freshman running back Saquon Barkley has been a revelation. The defense has some playmakers up front, starting with Carl Nassib and Anthony Zettel.
Last bowl game: 2014 Pinstripe Bowl (31-30 win over Boston College)
All-time bowl record: 28-15-2
Head coach's bowl record: James Franklin is 3-1 in bowl games. He was 2-1 at Vanderbilt and is 1-0 at Penn State.