FSU to Orange Bowl and Miami to Russell? It all comes down to ACC title game Saturday. – Miami Herald
A year after landing one of the coveted College Football Playoff semifinals, the Orange Bowl appears to have another high-profile game in the making.
As of now, the most projected Capital One Orange Bowl scenario is CFP No. 12 Florida State meeting No. 5 Michigan on Dec. 30 at Hard Rock Stadium – with current No. 13 Louisville replacing the Seminoles should the College Football Playoff folks decide to swap their spots when the final rankings are released Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the unranked Miami Hurricanes (8-4), like FSU (9-3) the winners of their past four games, are moving closer to playing a bowl in the state of Florida – a solid possibility now being against West Virginia (9-2) in Orlando’s Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28.
All these scenarios, however, are contingent on CFP No. 2 Clemson (11-1) defeating No. 23 Virginia Tech (9-3) in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game Saturday night at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
“The Capital One Orange Bowl is excited about our potential teams,” OB vice president of communications Larry Wahl said Wednesday. “Any of the possibilities from our ACC host partners would be a great draw and their possible opponents are among college football’s elite.’’
Michigan (10-2) and FSU have only met twice – the then-No. 1 Seminoles beating the No. 3 Wolverines 51-31 at Ann Arbor in September 1991 and the then-No. 5 Wolverines defeating No. 20 FSU 20-18, also at Ann Arbor, in September 1986.
The other Big Ten possibilities in the Orange Bowl, though not as likely as Michigan, are Wisconsin (10-2) or Penn State (10-2). That would likely happen if Michigan and Ohio State both make the playoffs.
Should Virginia Tech defeat 10-point favorite Clemson, then Virginia Tech would automatically be in the Orange Bowl, Clemson would slide down