FSU had an outside shot at an Orange Bowl bid, but a Clemson loss to South Carolina killed the Tigers’ playoff hopes and the Seminoles’ opportunity to sneak into a New Year’s Six game.
The Seminoles still have a chance to end the year with 10 wins, another potentially huge benchmark for FSU to reach in year three under head coach Mike Norvell.
With bowl destinations just hours from being solidified, we’re tracking where Florida State is projected to play in the postseason in national outlets — you can find that below.
Florida State Seminoles 2022-2023 bowl projections
Camping World Stadium: Orlando, Florida
Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m.
Duke’s Mayo Bowl
Bank of America Stadium: Charlotte, North Carolina
Dec. 30, 12 p.m.
Our analysis and prediction
It’s interesting that national outlets have dropped the Gator Bowl from projections and have doubled down on the Duke’s Mayo Bowl as an alternative to the Cheez-It Bowl, with Notre Dame now the main name associated with the Jacksonville game.
The Cheez-It Bowl, as of now, seems like the most likely destination for Florida State — a trip there would mark FSU’s first game vs. a Big 12 opponent since its 2014 season opener vs. Oklahoma State. Things might shake out differently depending on how conference championship weekend goes, but despite national projections, a Gator Bowl seems more likely than a Duke’s Mayo Bowl bid, given North Carolina’s availability.
College Football Playoff Rankings
3. TCU Horned Frogs
4. Ohio State Buckeyes
8. Utah Utes
10. USC Trojans
13. Florida State Seminoles
15. Oregon Ducks
16. Tulane Green Wave
17. LSU Tigers
18. UCLA Bruins
20. Texas Longhorns
24. Troy Trojans
25. UTSA Roadrunners