Florida State set for Orange Bowl matchup against Michigan
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State has been selected for the Orange Bowl for the 10th time and will play Michigan on Dec. 30. This will be the first meeting between the two historic programs since 1991. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
Losing three of their first eight games knocked Florida State out of title contention, but the Seminoles won their last four games and are ranked 10th in the final AP regular-season poll. Michigan was hoping to sneak into the final four of the College Football playoffs but things didn’t go their way this weekend.
Despite the late-season disappointments, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said he doesn't think motivation in the Orange Bowl will be an issue.
"I know I'm motivated and ready to put in the work and looking forward to it," he said. "What a tremendous opportunity this is."
It will be the Wolverines first appearance in the game since Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes to beat Alabama and cap the 1999 season.
Florida State (9-3) was selected over the Louisville Cardinals (also 9-3), who beat the Seminoles 63-20 in September. But Louisville lost its final two regular-season games to Houston and Kentucky, allowing Florida State to reach a New Year's six bowl game for the third consecutive season.
"We finished very strong. We played a great non-conference schedule. Michigan will be the eighth team in the Top 25 that we've played," Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said. "I think the committee rewarded that."
The Seminoles have been anticipating a trip to Miami for more than a week.
"That is very big. That's some good stuff," running back Dalvin Cook said after a win over Florida to conclude the regular season. "We enjoyed our year and are going to try to go out the right way."
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