Florida State will be playing Oklahoma in Orlando’s Cheez-It Bowl in a matchup of two of the most storied programs in college football history.
The Seminoles (9-3) enter the postseason ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and the final College Football Playoff rankings. They’re vying for their first bowl victory since blowing out Southern Miss in the 2017 Independence Bowl.
Oklahoma (6-6) was one of the most disappointing teams in the nation under first-year coach Brent Venables. The Sooners started the season in the top 10 and rose as high as No. 6 before stumbling in a deep Big 12. Their quarterback is Dillon Gabriel, the former UCF star; he has thrown 24 touchdown passes in 11 games this season.
It will be the teams’ first meeting since a 2011, top-five matchup at Doak Campbell Stadium — one of the best home environments FSU has had since Bobby Bowden’s glory days. Their last bowl showdown was in the Orange Bowl for the 2000 national championship (which Oklahoma won 13-2).
The Florida Gators are headed to the Las Vegas Bowl, where they will face No. 17 Oregon State on Dec. 17 in the Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium. It will be the first time the programs have met. The 9-3 Beavers will have a shot at their first 10-win season since 2006. Led by fifth-year coach Jonathan Smith, Oregon State has a top-40 scoring offense and defense. The Beavers have only faced four SEC teams and none since a trip to LSU in 2004.
UCF meets Duke in the Military Bowl on Dec. 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Maryland. The Knights are competing for their eighth 10-win season in program history.
The Gasparilla Bowl will pit Wake Forest against Missouri at Raymond James Stadium on Dec. 23. The Demon Deacons started 6-1 and reached the top 10 nationally before fading down the stretch to finish 7-5. Missouri won its final two games to finish 6-6.
Tampa’s other bowl game, the ReliaQuest Bowl, will feature Illinois against No. 24 Mississippi State. The game, formerly called the Outback Bowl, will be Jan. 2. at Raymond James Stadium. The Illini finished the regular season 8-4 — their best record since the 2007 Rose Bowl run, while the Bulldogs (8-4) have a shot at finishing the season ranked for the first time since Dan Mullen’s final year (19th in 2017).
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