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New bowl projections finding common ground for FSU football

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Motor City bound?

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The guess work regarding Florida State’s postseason fate has abated significantly. First, the question about whether or not the Seminoles will qualify for a bowl was pretty much answered after FSU’s win over Boston College on Saturday. That victory got the ’Noles to 5-5, with games against Alabama State and Florida remaining. And because pretty much everyone is assuming a win over the Hornets and a loss at UF, projections are really starting to cohere.

And here’s hoping that the Seminoles enjoyed the cold weather in Beantown, because they appear to be headed north again. ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach, 247 Sports, and CBS Sports all have FSU destined for the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. Bonagura sees Florida State matching up Western Michigan, while the other three think the ’Noles will draw Michigan State.

Sports Illustrated also thinks the Seminoles and Spartans will clash, but in New York City’s Pinstripe Bowl. Banner Society has FSU headed to Annapolis to play Navy in the Military Bowl, while The Sporting News thinks Florida State will meet Mississippi State in Charlotte’s Belk Bowl.

Of course, all these predictions except for the Pinstripe and Belk Bowls would result in de facto road games for the ’Noles. But at least the Quick Lane Bowl is indoors.