Venue: Capital One Orange Bowl
When: Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 - 8pm ET / ESPN
Where: Hard Rock Stadium - Miami Gardens, Fl.
Who: Michigan Wolverines Vs. Florida State Seminoles
Geography has played a huge role in the Orange Bowl's success in its history. This New Year's Six bowl game dates back to the 1930s and almost always has at least one Top 10 team playing in it. Now as a part of the New Year's Six, the top ACC team not playing in the College Football Playoff is here every year that the game isn't a national semifinal, and this year is no exception to that. The Florida State Seminoles might have only gone 9-3, and they might have only finished third best in the ACC Atlantic Division, but they're the highest rated team in the CFP Rankings out of the ACC outside of Clemson and have earned their spot in this game.
FSU will surely enjoy a bit of a home field advantage of sorts in a bowl game they've played in nine times before. The Seminoles though, are the decided underdogs against the Michigan Wolverines, who actually finished third in their own division in the Big Ten East as well. Big Blue though, finished just outside of the College Football Playoff in the No. 6 spot, and their season was turned upside down on a suspect spot of a football against Ohio State in "The Game." Had the spot been a few inches the other direction, perhaps we'd be talking about Ohio State here in Miami and Michigan playing for all the marbles.
The two teams to emerge from the semifinals will advance to the CFP National Championship game held at the Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.
The Capital One Orange Bowl will play host to a College Football Playoff Semifinal in 2018.
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Opening Line: Michigan -7
Preview: There’s nothing like ringing in the New Year in Miami. The Florida State Seminoles are looking to reach the double-digit win mark for the fifth season in a row but will face their toughest bowl challenge yet according to the current odds. Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines are touchdown favorites against the Seminoles and are expected to bring a large contingent of fans to this game. Michigan is hungry to knock off another Sunshine State team in a Florida bowl game after waxing the Gators in the Citrus Bowl last season. Continue...
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The Orange Bowl is one of the oldest and most prestigious of the annual college football bowl games played in the United States. Hosted by the city of Miami, Florida, this game has been played annually since 1935, and its world-class stadium, was built on its ability to accommodate world champions and top sports betting events.
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The college football bowl season has a few longtime star performers. Once the Rose Bowl established itself on the West Coast, it was no surprise that other groups would follow the formula. The first city to take on the challenge of hosting a major bowl game was Miami, in January of 1933, and in 1935, their game became the Orange Bowl.
Originally played in Miami Field Stadium, it moved into its own stadium, also known as the Orange Bowl, in 1938. A upper deck was added to the Orange Bowl Stadium in 1948. The Orange Bowl in 1965 became the first major bowl game to be played at night and it's been a night game ever since.
From 1953 through 1963 and 1975 through 1994, it featured the Big 8 champion against an at-large opponent. During the intervening years, the Big 8 champion or runner-up often played in the Orange Bowl, but did not get an automatic invitation.The Orange Bowl Game was moved to Pro Player Stadium in 1997, which is in Ft. Lauderdale.
Pro Player Stadium displays its versatility every year by hosting a wide variety of events. Along with Miami Dolphins football and Florida Marlins baseball, college football takes the field with the FedEx Orange Bowl. Super Bowl XXXIII was held at Pro Player Stadium January 31, 1999 as were two other Super Bowls. Florida Atlantic University Football also calls Pro Player Stadium their home.
For many years the Orange Bowl hosted the champion of the Big Eight Conference. Since 1998 the Orange Bowl associated with the Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference, and beginning in 2008 has been exclusively tied to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Beginning in 1998, the Orange Bowl became one of the four college football bowls to make up the Bowl Championship Series. Tthe other three BCS bowl games are the Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl. Every four years, the Orange Bowl hosts the National Championship Game the week after the New Year's bowl games.
Federal Express (FedEx) had been the sponsore the Orange Bowl game since 1989-2010 and is now known as the Discover Orange Bowl. This move did not change the basic structure of the game, which continued to be dominated by appearances by Miami University, Florida State and the University of Florida. Nebraska has been a popular opponent, appearing six times in the 1990s.
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The Clemson Tigers (11-2) forced four second-half turnovers, including two interceptions on the Ohio State Buckeyes' final two possessions, to rally from a halftime deficit for a BCS bowl win and a back-to-back 11-win seasons for Clemson (11-2) for the first time in school history and scored a big win for the Atlantic Coast Conference, which improved to 4-12 all-time in BCS bowl games.
Clemson’s last trip to the Orange Bowl resulted in a 70-33 throttling at the hands of West Virginia on Jan. 4, 2012.
*Note: All times Eastern
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 17||2 p.m.||Albuquerque, N.M.||New Mexico vs. UTSA|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 17||3:30 p.m.||Las Vegas, Nev.||Houston vs. San Diego St.|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Montgomery, Ala.||Appalachian St. vs. Toledo|
|Cure||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Arkansas St. vs. UCF|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 17||9 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Mississippi|
|Miami Beach Bowl||Dec. 19||2:30 p.m.||Miami, Fla.||Central Michigan vs. Tulsa|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 20||7 p.m.||Boca Raton, Fla.||West. Kentucky vs. Memphis|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||BYU vs. Wyoming|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 22||7 p.m.||Boise, Idaho||Colorado St. vs. Idaho|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 23||1 p.m.||Nassau, Bahamas||Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 23||4:30 p.m.||Fort Worth, Tex.||Louisiana Tech vs. Navy|
|Dollar General||Dec. 23||8 p.m.||Mobile, Ala.||Ohio vs. Troy|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||Honolulu, Hawaii||Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||Dec. 26||11 a.m.||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi St.|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||2:30 p.m.||Detroit, Mich.||Boston College vs. Maryland|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 26||5 p.m.||Shreveport, La.||NC State vs. Vanderbilt|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Dec. 27||Noon||Dallas, Texas||Army vs. North Texas|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 27||3:30 p.m.||Annapolis, Md.||Temple vs. Wake Forest|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 27||7 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||Minnesota vs. Wash. St.|
|Cactus Bowl||Dec. 27||10:15 p.m.||Phoenix, Ariz.||Baylor vs. Boise State|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 28||2 p.m.||New York, NY||Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Dec. 28||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Miami (Fla.) vs. West Virginia|
|Foster Farms Bowl||Dec. 28||8:30 p.m.||Santa Clara, Calif.||Indiana vs. Utah|
|Texas||Dec. 28||9 p.m.||Houston, Texas||Kansas St. vs. Texas A&M|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec. 29||2 p.m.||Birmingham, Ala.||South Carolina vs. South Fla.|
|Belk Bowl||Dec. 29||5:30 p.m.||Charlotte, N.C.||Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 29||9 p.m.||San Antonio, Texas||Colorado vs. Oklahoma St.|
|Arizona||Dec. 30||5:30 p.m.||Tucson, Ariz.||Air Force vs. South Alabama|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 30||Noon||Memphis, Tenn.||Georgia vs. TCU|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 30||2 p.m.||El Paso, Texas||North Carolina vs. Stanford|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||3:30 p.m.||Nashville, Tenn.||Nebraska vs. Tennessee|
|Orange Bowl||Dec. 30||8 p.m.||Miami Gardens, Fla.||Florida State vs. Michigan|
|Peach Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||3 p.m.||Atlanta, Ga.||Alabama vs. Washington|
|Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||7 p.m.||Glendale, Ariz.||Clemson vs. Ohio State|
|TaxSlayer Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky|
|Citrus Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. LSU|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Tampa, Fla.||Florida vs. Iowa|
|Cotton Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Arlington, Texas||Western Mich. vs. Wisconsin|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 2||5 p.m.||Pasadena, Calif.||Penn State vs. USC|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Auburn vs. Oklahoma|
|CFP National Championship||Jan. 9||TBD||Tampa, Fla.||Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner|
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