Following an impressive 10-2 rebuilding season, the No. 9 Florida State Seminoles will make the short trip north to Atlnata for a Peach Bowl matchup against the 12-1 No. 18 Houston Cougars, the champions of the American Athletic Conference, as we predicted.
The game will take place on New Year's Eve day at noon in the Georgia Dome and reprise a matchup last played in 1978, when Houston beat Bobby Bowden's 'Noles by a 27-21 score in Tallahassee. The Seminoles will look to exact some revenge against Houston, which is 12-2-2 against Florida State all-time. FSU's last victory over the Cougars came in Houston in 1975, when the Darrell "Dan" Mudra-led 'Noles topped UH 33-22.
The 'Noles boast a better history in the Peach (or Chick-fil-A, if you must) Bowl. After dropping the first staging of this game to LSU in 1968, the Seminoles have come away victorious in their last two appearances, with wins over North Carolina in 1983 and South Carolina in 2010. Last year's game saw TCU dominate Ole Miss by a score of 42-3.