Despite not playing each other since 1978, the 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be the 17th time that Houston and Florida State will play each other, the first time in bowl play. Houston leads the all-time series 12-2-2 with the Cougars victorious in the last matchup played in 1978 at Doak Campbell Stadium, the only game between the two in which Bobby Bowden was head coach for FSU.
The teams played 16 times from 1960-1978 with the two FSU victories coming in 1968 and 1975. Houston's fast pace offense was evident back then, as the Cougars scored at least 20 points in every meeting except for one between 1966 and 1978 (11 games). In 1968, the Houston Cougars put up 100 points the week prior to losing to the 'Noles, falling 40-20.
One of the two Seminoles victories were at Houston with the teams splitting the two neutral location games. Those neutral games were the site of each team's largest margin of victory with Houston winning in Tampa by 32 during the 1970 season, and FSU winning by 20 in Jacksonville in '68 with Bill Cappleman at the helm.
Since the last matchup, Houston has finished with a better regular season record than Florida State seven times, most recently the 2015 season. As the 'Noles prepare for their 36th bowl game since 1978, Houston will play in its 17th with a record of 5-11. The Cougars have never spent a week at the top of the AP Polls with the 'Noles receiving those honors for a total of 72 weeks, the sixth most in the nation.
New Year's Eve will be Houston's first appearance in the Peach Bowl with their last major bowl game coming in the 1984 Cotton Bowl when they lost to BC. Florida State will play in the Peach Bowl for the fourth time, winning two of their three games played.
The 2015 Chick-FIl-A peach bowl between the Florida State Seminoles and Houston Cougars will be played on New Years Eve from Atlanta, Georgia at 12 PM EST.