MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Michigan is in pursuit of its 11th win, and only three Michigan teams in the last 20 years have reached that benchmark.
Michigan previously won 11 games in 2011 (11-2), 2006 (11-2) and 1997 (12-0), and this year’s team can be the fourth to do it if it asserts itself against one of the ACC’s traditional powers.
No. 6 Michigan (10-2) faces No. 11 Florida State (9-3) in the Orange Bowl on Friday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., their first meeting since 1991, when the Seminoles defeated the Wolverines 51-31 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Michigan will play in its sixth bowl game in seven seasons. Since 2010, Michigan has failed to become bowl eligible just once — in 2014, when the Wolverines finished 5-7.
Fun fact: Friday is the two-year anniversary of Michigan’s introduction of Jim Harbaugh as the program’s head coach.
Michigan vs. Florida State game time, details
Time: 8 p.m. ET kickoff
Date: Friday, Dec. 30
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
Weather: 63 degrees at kickoff
The line: Michigan is favored by seven points.
What TV channel is Michigan-Florida State on?
The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
How can I watch Michigan-Florida State online?
WatchESPN will stream the game.
How can I listen to Michigan-Florida State on the radio?
You can list to the game on Sirius/XM channel 80. You can also listen to it on WWJ-AM in Detroit. For a full list of Michigan radio affiliates click here.
Who is calling the game for ESPN?
Steve Levy will provide play-by-play for ESPN, with color analyst Brian Griese and sideline reporter Todd McShay.
Michigan vs. Florida State keys to the game
Protect QB Wilton Speight
Speight has been practicing this week in South Florida, and said earlier this month that he fully intends to play in Friday’s bowl game. It has been a little less than seven weeks since Speight injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the fourth quarter of Michigan’s 14-13 loss Nov. 12 at Iowa. Michigan faces one of the country’s more tenacious pass defenses in Florida State, which leads the ACC and is tied for first in the nation with 47 sacks, including 15 by All-America defensive end DeMarcus Walker.
Contain RB Dalvin Cook
Cook is Florida State’s top rusher, with 1,620 yards, and the No. 8 rusher in the nation. Michigan has contained some of the Big Ten’s top running backs, and Cook has to face the Big Ten’s No. 2 rushing defense and the nation’s No. 2 defense (252.7 yards). However, Michigan’s front seven, particularly its linebackers, got thrashed in the last three games, giving up 434 rushing yards (144.7 yards per game).
Minimize penalties and turnovers
Michigan got called for 17 infractions for 147 yards in its final three regular-season games. Seven of those came against at Ohio State, including a pass-interference call against safety Delano Hill late in the fourth quarter that helped set up the Buckeyes’ game-tying drive. Michigan also gave up five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles) in its final three games.