The 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl is just a few days around the corner, with the Alabama Crimson Tide and Oklahoma Sooners facing off in the national semifinal as part of the College Football Playoff. The two programs will be going head-to-head for an opportunity to play in the national championship and to claim the rights to the unique Orange Bowl trophy.
But this year, there is some controversy leading up to the game.
A photo of the Orange Bowl trophy surfaced on social media following a tweet from Michael Casagrande of al.com.
Take a look.
The trophy. pic.twitter.com/DsT67vmL2E
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) December 27, 2018
The controversy? The game is played in Florida. The oranges that will fill the trophy appear to have been shipped in from California, where this year’s national championship game will be held.
That didn’t sit well with a number of people on the web.
“I really don’t know what to say. That’s about as backwards as it gets,” one user tweeted.
I really don’t know what to say. That’s about as backwards as it gets.
— Austin Dorminey (@austin_dorminey) December 27, 2018
Another chimed in with an effort to provide some reasoning: “Simply put, Florida oranges just aren’t as pretty as California oranges even though Florida’s taste way better.”
Perhaps that is why the decision was made, but that won’t stop Floridians from feeling slighted.
Alabama is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation and is preparing for a meeting with the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners at the Capital One Orange Bowl on Saturday, December 29. Kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida is set for 8:00 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN.