Florida State opens up an Orange Bowl possibility with win over Florida – Yahoo Sports
Florida State is suddenly looking like a good fit for the Orange Bowl.
The Seminoles easily dispatched Florida 31-13 Saturday, though Florida could at least take some solace in scoring a touchdown. A fourth-quarter score off a fumbled punt return was the first touchdown Florida had scored against the Seminoles since 2014. All Florida could do last season was muster a safety in a third-straight loss to Florida State.
Last year’s game came before Florida met Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. And wouldn’t you know it, the Gators have a date with the Crimson Tide next week for the 2016 SEC title.
Florida got within four points at 10-6, but the game got out of reach after Florida State scored 14-straight points. Fumbled punt or no fumbled punt, the Florida offense wasn’t going to make up an 18-point deficit. The Gators didn’t convert a third down. At all.
The win means Florida State has beaten both Florida and Miami for four-straight seasons and ends the regular season at 9-3. That’s the same record as Louisville after the Cardinals fell to Kentucky 41-38 earlier in the day.
Louisville destroyed Florida State 60-23 in September. But the Cardinals have lost two-straight games to end the season while FSU has four-straight wins. The Seminoles will be ahead of the Cardinals in this week’s rankings and given that neither team has another game until bowl season, their statuses won’t change after conference championship games.
And Florida State will also be a bigger draw for the Orange Bowl too. While Louisville fans would undoubtedly be happy to head south for New Year’s, finding Florida State fans in Miami isn’t too tall of a task.
At this point, the likeliest thorn in the Seminoles’ Orange Bowl side is