Following a bye week and no shift in the top of the ACC standings, the projections for Florida State’s bowl come December have not altered much, however there is a new possible bowl as predicted by ESPN.
Here are the full projections:
Russell Athletic Bowl: ACC vs. Big 12
December 29, 2016
The Russell Athletic Bowl is positioned as the No. 2 ACC team, not in the College Football Playoff, making the bowl. With either Clemson or Louisville on track to make the College Football Playoff, the other would be left playing in the Orange Bowl, giving Florida State a shot in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Mark Schlabach of ESPN projects the ‘Noles playing in this game. CBS Sports also has FSU listed for the RAB, paired with West Virginia.
Tax Slayer Bowl: ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC
December 31, 2016
If neither Clemson or Louisville make the College Football playoff and take the spots of the Orange and Russell Athletic Bowls, Florida State will more than likely end up in Jacksonville. There are numerous different considerations, such as the Pinstripe Bowl in New York or Belk Bowl in Charlotte, that could also be options. However, the bowl committees get to choose the participating teams. With Florida State being located close to Jacksonville, and the large number of alumni in the area, the committee will be more inclined as they can predict a high attendance from the school, as opposed to Florida State playing in another city previously mentioned.
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC
December 31, 2016
A third possibility could be the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Once again, the allure of Florida State, and the alumni base in Florida that would generate ticket sales, will be too much to turn down if Florida State. Although the bowl has a Big Ten tie in, with the reformat of the 2014 College Football Playoff, the Citrus Bowl will host an ACC team if the Orange bowl is not a semi-final game, such as this year. Brett McMurphy of ESPN has the ‘Noles projected for the Citrus Bowl, paired with Tennessee.