ANN ARBOR, Mich. — After getting squeezed out of the College Football Playoff, Michigan now hopes to put the squeeze on Florida State.
A couple hours after learning they were No. 6 in the final College Football Playoff rankings on Sunday, the Wolverines learned their bowl destination.
Michigan (10-2) will face No. 11 Florida State (9-3) in the Orange Bowl, kicking off at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 30 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
Michigan will play in the Orange Bowl for the first time since the 1999 season, when the Wolverines defeated Alabama 35-34 in overtime. Michigan is 1-1 all time in the Orange Bowl (Oklahoma beat the Wolverines 14-6 following the 1975 season).
Florida State finished third in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division this season, but ended the season on a 4-game winning streak. Dalvin Cook is seventh in the nation in rushing (135 yards per game) and led all Seminoles rushers with 1,620 yards, 18 touchdowns and 268 carries.
The Wolverines have the No. 2 defense in the country (252.7 ypg) and the No. 1 pass defense in the country (135.9 ypg). From an individual standpoint, Michigan CB Channing Stribling is tied for ninth in the nation with 16 passes defended (including 4 interceptions).
Michigan is 1-1 all-time against Florida State, the most recent meeting a 51-31 Seminoles victory at Michigan Stadium in 1991.
Michigan defeated Florida State 20-18 in 1986 at Michigan Stadium, and a familiar face played for Michigan in that 30-year-old win against the Seminoles: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.