Florida State Takes On Michigan In The Orange Bowl

Seminoles Look to Stay Hot Verse the Wolverines

The Florida State Seminoles have had a roller coaster of a season, but finished the season winning six of their last seven contests, losing only to Clemson by three points during the stretch.  The ‘Noles (9-3) finished the season ranked 11th and earned a spot in the Orange Bowl against the 5th ranked Michigan Wolverines who finished the season with a 10-2 record.

The Orange Bowl in on December 30, at 8 pm, at the Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami Gardens, FL.

Michigan lost their rivalry game verses Ohio State in a thrilling double overtime game.  Michigan’s other loss was to Iowa by one point.

“It’s going to be a great reward,” said FSU coach Jimbo Fisher.  “It’s two brand names across the country. It’s going to be great to play for the third time… Two brand name teams that don’t get to schedule very much, but it’s great that we get to meet in a big time bowl game. That’s what makes college football so great.”

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Florida State is 1-1 verse Michigan all-time, with both games being at Michigan.  FSU won the most recent matchup 51-31 back in 1991.  In 1986, current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh quarterbacked the Wolverines to a 20-18 over the ‘Noles.

The Seminoles have a tough challenge ahead them, with the Wolverines having the number one ranked defense, allowing just 12.5 points a game.  The Seminoles have the sixth ranked offense however, scoring 35.3 points a game, led by star running back Dalvin Cook.

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Michigan will look to come out and prove that they should have been one of the four playoff teams this year.  Penn State won the Big Ten Conference, with neither Michigan or Ohio State even playing in the game.  Ohio State was still selected to be one of the four teams to compete for the National Championship.

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Florida State on the other hand, will look to prove that they can compete with one of the top teams in the nation.

“I think our non-conference schedule, we played a great non-conference schedule, and the way we approached that with Ole Miss in the beginning,” said Fisher.  “When we play Michigan, it will be the eighth team that we’ve played in the Top 25 that was ranked.

“Had Florida non-conference, Ole Miss non-conference, South Florida which is a Top 25 team non-conference. I think the committee rewarded that,” added Fisher.  “Louisville’s an outstanding team and very deserving too, but it does matter how you finish and the way we ended the season.”

Greg LaFountain is from a small town in upstate New York called Peru. After graduating high school, Greg enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving his country for four years. After the Marines, Greg went to Pensacola State College where he got his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He then moved to Tampa and enrolled at the University of South Florida where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications. Since graduating from USF, Greg interned with Bucs Blitz, covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Greg joined Genesis in the fall of 2016, covering Florida State Football, the NFL and the UFC.