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FSU football northern bound in early 2019 bowl forecast

A modest return to the postseason.

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Bowl projections are fun for a few different reasons: possible road-trip ideas, the prospect of seeing different opponents, and, of course, the inherent estimation of a team’s coming season. Brett McMurphy recently dropped his own way-too-early 2019 bowl predictions, and it’s apparent that he’s not too high on Florida State.

McMurphy has the Seminoles playing in the Quick Lane Bowl, matching up against Michigan State in a de facto road game for the Seminoles at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. Last year, this game featured Minnesota and Georgia Tech in a contest dominated by the Gophers, who won 34-10. Tech came into the game at 7-5, while Minnesota was selected after a 6-6 campaign. Of course, either of those records — and a bowl game anywhere — would be an improvement for FSU, which was not eligible for postseason play last season after finishing 5-7. McMurphy has Florida in the Sugar Bowl and Miami in the Music City Bowl.