Michigan and Florida State hoped to find themselves in the College Football Playoff this season, but fell just shy and will square off in the Orange Bowl. It's a matchup that, if both teams are motivated, could produce one of bowl season's best games.
The Wolverines are looking to avoid a third loss in their final four games and get their first 11-win season since 2011. Florida State is looking to wrap up a 10-win season for the fifth straight year and end a somewhat disappointing 2016 campaign on a high note.
Date: Friday, Dec. 30
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium -- Miami Gardens, Florida
Florida State: Florida State has to find a way to run the football successfully. Michigan is the nation's best pass defense by a healthy margin, allowing an average of only 135 yards per game through the air and had more interceptions (12) than touchdowns allowed (9) in the passing game. The run defense isn't too shabby either, ranking 13th nationally, but the Seminoles need to be able to lean on Dalvin Cook in this game to have a chance.
This isn't just avoiding the dangers of trying to throw against Michigan. It's also about getting the Seminoles' best player involved in the game. Big plays are hard to come by against Michigan, which finished the season tied for first in fewest 10-plus yard plays allowed with 118, but Cook gives the Seminoles the best chance for chunk yards against the Wolverines -- his 47 runs of 10-plus yards was sixth in the nation.
Michigan: Every coach harps on turnovers, but they have been especially crucial to Michigan's success. The Wolverines were 9-0 this season when they won the turnover battle or were at the least even with the opposition. In the three games in which they had more turnovers than their opponent, the Wolverines went 1-2. Michigan doesn't turn over opponents often (17 on the season ranks No. 83 nationally) but the Wolverines were also tight for the most part with the ball on offense (11 turnovers was sixth-fewest in the country). Five of those 11 turnovers came in their two losses -- three against Ohio State, two against Iowa.
Michigan's defense is among the nation's best, and when opponents have to drive the length of the field, they rarely find success. When provided with a short field, the odds of scoring points on the stingy Michigan defense goes up, and with the offense tapering off to close the season because of an injury to quarterback Wilton Speight, it took fewer points to close the gap on the Wolverines.
His health going into this game will be critical both for the offense putting up points against a Florida State defense that has been susceptible in the pass game and also in limiting turnovers. Speight -- considering the circumstances -- was excellent against Ohio State, but his two interceptions were huge for the Buckeyes and one has to wonder how much his arm not being 100 percent played into those turnovers. Against the Seminoles, there will be chances down the field, but under thrown passes are begging to be intercepted and if his arm isn't at full strength, that danger will be lurking.
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