MI star Jabrill Peppers (injury) out for Orange Bowl tonight

Despite finishing the season on a four-game winning streak (and in truth, coming just seven points shy of finishing 11-1) and defeating their two main rivals, the Seminoles' season has still been somewhat of a disappointment based on the lofty expectations entering the season. They are particularly good against the pass, allowing a FBS-best 136 yards per game.

"We're having an unbelievable experience", Johnson said, "but at the same time, we're still preparing for MI and having a good game to come out victorious". The path to victory for Florida State is getting enough of a running game going to open up the passing of Francois. As implied before, Dalvin Cook has been a monster.

If FSU can take advantage of a MI defense that has struggled recently against the run, it will take much of the stain off of their season. Florida State has an excellent defensive front and strong cornerbacks, but its linebackers and safeties can be had.

Two Wolverines players won season awards: tight end Jake Butt won the John Mackey Award while defensive back/linebacker Jabrill Peppers won the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Paul Hornung Award.

Peppers would end his U-M career without playing in a bowl game as U-M didn't qualify in his true freshman year, 2014, and he suffered a hand injury in December 2015 and sat out the Citrus Bowl win over Florida.

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OUR PREDICTION: The biggest question for tonight's game is how motivated MI will be after losing to Ohio State and being left out of the college football playoff. "We've been really enjoying this time at the Orange Bowl because it's one of the great bowl games you can play in". "I think you're getting a lot more native Floridians now, but back in the day ... people moved down here to retire and play, and that's why so many kids leave and go back to Ohio State, leave and go back to MI, leave and go back up north".

Wilton Speight threw for 2,375 yards with 17 touchdowns on the season. Given a second chance, Penn State converted, won the game and finished No. 2 in the nation.

The study, by Conventions Sports & Leisure International, said Orange Bowl events drew almost 400,000 unique visitors, more than half from outside South Florida. He was also used heavily in the return game and returned a punt for a touchdown. Even if the offense struggles in the beginning, the defense will keep this game close. Back then, polls weren't taken after the bowl games so Maryland is still considered the 1953 national champ. Luckily for the Orange Bowl, it just might happen to have the best matchup of all the non-College Football Playoff games. He is the biggest playmaker the Seminoles have and when Cook has success, it usually leads to a Seminoles' victory. In what was possibly the game of the year, MI lost in heart-breaking style in overtime to end their shot at the Big Ten Championship and the CFB Playoff.

The last game was the Ohio State game. The undefeated Seminoles lost 24-7 to Oklahoma to conclude the 1979 season and for the 2000 BCS title, the Sooners beat FSU, 13-2.

The Seminoles are led by running back Dalvin Cook, who is one of the best all-around players in the country. "There's no such thing as a meaningless bowl game". The Wolverines have done a nice job on the recruiting trail in recent weeks and a good performance against a good opponent in prime time would only further help their efforts.

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