Preview: Michigan at Florida State

When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, December 30, 2016
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida


1. Sixth-ranked Michigan looks to overcome the disappointment of missing out on the College Football Playoff when it faces No. 10 Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 in Miami. The Wolverines seemed poised to make their first appearance in the CFP until they dropped two of their last three games down the stretch, including a controversial 30-27 double-overtime loss to No. 2 Ohio State. The Seminoles were picked fourth in the preseason USA Today Coaches' poll but failed to live up to the hype, suffering losses to Louisville (60-23), North Carolina (37-35) and second-ranked Clemson (37-34) during a six-week span, as they failed to advance to the ACC title game for the second time in as many seasons.

2. Sophomore hybrid linebacker Jabrill Peppers, who has played in 11 different positions, and junior running back Dalvin Cook, who has rushed for 4,319 yards and 45 touchdowns in his Florida State career, are likely playing their last collegiate games. Cook rewrote the record book with the Seminoles after running for 1,620 yards and 18 touchdowns this season to break Warrick Dunn's career mark for rushing yards (3,959) and eclipse Greg Allen's 32-year old record for most touchdowns (44). Peppers won a multitude of awards this season, including the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year, the Lott Impact Trophy, the Horning Award and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting en route to becoming the first unanimous All-American at Michigan since Jake Long in 2007.

3. The key to the matchup could hinge on whose offensive line protects their quarterback the best as Florida State led the nation with 47 sacks while Michigan finished right behind the Seminoles with 44 in the regular season. DeMarcus Walker led the country with 15 sacks and anchors a talented Seminoles' defensive front that has the potential to wreak havoc on the Wolverines' offensive line, which struggled in the last three games of the season. Michigan was dominate defensively under first-year coordinator Don Brown as the Wolverines finished first nationally in tackles for loss (115), second in scoring defense (12.5) and second in total defense (252.7).

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Michigan -7

ABOUT MICHIGAN (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten): Junior quarterback Wilton Speight, who threw for 2,375 yards and 17 touchdowns in his first year as a starter, was hampered by a shoulder injury down the stretch but is expected to be back to 100 percent health against Florida State. "Wilton had a phenomenal year and improved game by game," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters. "I truly think he will go into next year as one of the top quarterbacks in the country." Every defensive starter for the Wolverines received Big Ten honors, including Peppers, cornerback Jourdan Lewis and defensive end Taco Charlton, who are all projected to be selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (9-3, 5-3 ACC): Promising quarterback Malik Henry, who was beaten out of the starting job by Deondre Francois despite throwing for 205 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game, revealed his intention to transfer to another school on Dec. 13. Cook has rushed for at least 100 yards in eight of his last nine games and is coming off an 153-yard performance in the 31-13  win over No. 18 Florida to become the first player since Sammie Smith in 1988 to notch 3 straight 100-yard games against the Gators. "I'm looking forward to it. That's why I'm putting in the time watching Michigan film," Cook told reporters. "I'm looking forward to playing a good football team."

PREDICTION: Michigan 27, Florida State 17

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Michigan 10-2 L1 41.0 12.5 8-0 2-2 1-0 0-0 7-2
Florida State 9-3 W4 35.2 24.4 5-2 4-1 7-2 0-0 5-3

Last Meeting

Michigan Florida State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/28/91 FSU 51 MICH 31 0 0 0 0 0 0

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TDs Player TD
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MICH W. Speight 62.5 2375 17 6
FSU D. Francois 60.6 3128 18 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MICH D. Smith 165 810 4.9 10
FSU D. Cook 268 1620 6.0 18
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MICH A. Darboh 52 826 15.9 7
FSU T. Rudolph 53 807 15.2 7
TDs Player TD
MICH K. Hill 12
FSU D. Cook 19

Quickchart Matchup

Michigan Off vs  Florida State Def
439.3 yards
357.2 yards
5 yards/rush
3.7 yards/rush
7.8 yards/attempt
7.4 yards/attempt
Florida State Off vs  Michigan Def
474.3 yards
252.7 yards
5.1 yards/rush
3.1 yards/rush
8.1 yards/attempt
5.4 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Michigan Overall Florida State
10-2-0 W/L 9-3-0
6-6-0 ATS 7-4-0
8-4-0 O/U 5-6-0
41.0 Pts For 35.2
12.5 Pts Against 24.4
Michigan A/H Florida State
2-2 W/L 5-2
2-2-0 ATS 4-2-0
3-1-0 O/U 3-3-0
37.5 Pts For 37.0
16.8 Pts Against 20.3
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