In the 1980’s and 1990’s, these two teams would have been a lock for a Fiesta Bowl or another BCS-type game but the BCS system wasn’t in place in those days. Players and systems may change over the years, but these two teams can still put on one heck of a show. The Florida State Seminoles take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando on December 29th. Instead of Bobby Bowden versus Lou Holtz, we have Jimbo Fisher versus Brian Kelly in what is sure to be a great game. The sportsbook seems to agree with Florida State at -3 and the over/under at 47.
The Seminoles come into the Citrus Bowl with an 8-4 overall record and a 5-3 record in the ACC Atlantic Division. As mentioned, Jimbo Fisher is the heir apparent of Bobby Bowden and Fisher’s record currently sits at a respectable 18-8 after two full seasons. FSU’s offense averages 31.7 points per game and the defense locked down opposing teams, only giving up 15.2 points per game which ranks 4th in the nation. FSU’s passing game is handled by junior QB E.J. Manuel with freshman RB Devonta Freeman.
Notre Dame come into play with an 8-4 record as an independent, averaging 30.5 points per game on offense and 20.9 points per game on defense. Brian Kelly is trying to improve on his legacy and the major successes than he’s experienced in Cincinnati and Grand Valley State. Check the College Football Odds for Florida State vs. Notre Dame game.
Sophomore QB Tommy Rees mans the helm of the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame exhibits a bruising running game with the tandem of junior RB Cierre Wood and senior RB Jonas Gray. With shades of Irish great Raghib Ismail, junior WR Michael Floyd ranks 8th in the nation with 95 receptions. Junior TE Tyler Eifert is a capable and dependable second option for Rees.
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