The ninth ranked Florida State Seminoles (10-2) are Atlanta bound for the post season to play in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on December 31st. The Peach Bowl is where the majority of fans and analysts alike imagined that the ‘Noles would end up and now it is a reality. The one thing that most were not so sure on was who Florida State would play. That too has been decided as the Seminoles will face off against the AAC Champion in the Houston Cougars (12-1).
The game is going to be a stellar matchup between Florida State’s top 10 defense and Houston’s high powered offense. FSU is ranked 15th overall in total defense and fifth in scoring defense (15.8 points per game). Houston on the other hand is ranked 12th in total offense with a staggering 40.6 points per game and 19th in total offense with 486.9 yards per game.
That being said it doesn’t mean that Florida State doesn’t have a few weapons on offense (like a certian young man in a number 4 jersey) to take on the Coogs defense, but the main matchup of the game will be between the FSU defense and the Houston offense.
Over the past 4 years, FSU has had a streak of playing in BCS Bowls (when they were still called that) and New Years Six Bowls. In 2013 FSU played in the Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois, the BCS National Championship Game in January of 2014 against Auburn, the semi-final of the first annual College Football Playoff game against the Oregon Ducks, and now the first New Years Six Bowl game.
To the surprise of many, FSU has in fact played Houston before, quite a handful of times actually. The Cougars lead the series all time against the garnet and gold 12-2-2, however, they haven’t met up since 1978.
This also isn’t the first time the Seminoles have played in a Chick-Fil-A Bowl either. In December of 2010 the Seminoles played the South Carolina Gamecocks when Marcus Lattimore was still playing for them and defeated SC 26-17.
All of the New Years Six Bowl Games are as follows:
Orange: Clemson/Oklahoma, Dec. 31st, 4pm
Cotton: Alabama / Michigan State, Dec. 31st, 8pm
Peach: Florida State/Houston, Dec. 31st, 12pm
Fiesta: Notre Dame/Ohio State, Jan. 1st, 1pm
Rose: Stanford/Iowa, Jan 1st, 5pm
Sugar: Ole Miss/Oklahoma State, Jan 1st, 8:30pm
All times are eastern standard time