When: Friday, Dec. 30 – 8:00 p.m. ET Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
The Michigan Wolverines are sitting at (10-2, 7-2) Big Ten just coming off a lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes 30-27 in a double overtime fight. If the Wolverines would have won that game they would be in the college football playoffs. Even after this loss to the Buckeyes the Wolverines claimed a bid into a New Year’s six bowl.
The Florida State Seminoles (9-3, 5-3 ACC) are coming off a good win against Florida in a big in state rival 31-10. Dalvin Cook has been one of the hottest backs in the game lately rushing in this game for 153 yards on 26 carries.
What to know about Florida State:
Florida State was coming off a rough bowl game last season losing to Houston. Jimbo Fisher thought he set up the Seminoles up great, but then after the first game knew he had defensive issues. The defense for Florida State is averaging giving up 25 points per game and giving up about 360 yards per game.
The offense for the Seminoles is a different question scoring 35 points per game with averaging 470 yards per game. Dalvin Cook and Deondre Froncois have both been key factors. Froncois has thrown for 18 touchdowns and limiting the defense to 6. Cook has had a great year rushing for 18 touchdowns while adding 1,620 yards on the ground. Another big key to this team is wideout Travis Rudolph, who has 7 receiving touchdowns with 807 yards and is averaging 15 yards per catch.
What to know about Michigan:
The defense of Michigan is a different story only giving up 13 points per game and only 250 yards per game. The defense is led by Jabrill Peppers who has had an incredible year with 46 solo tackles which has lead the team, and he has recorded 13 tackles for loss. The other defensive star is Taco Charlton, who leads the team with 9 sacks and has 35 total tackles. The key corner for the Wolverines is Channing Stribling, who also leads the team with 4 interceptions and also recorded a pick six.
This offense for Michigan is very explosive averaging 440 yards per game with scoring 41 points. After having a little over three weeks to rest Michigan fans are thinking Wilton Speight will be 100% for the Wolverines. If he is fully healthy, good things will come from Michigan. Speight is having a great year throwing for 17 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. The key receiver for the Wolverines is Amara Darboh he has had a great year with 7 touchdowns and 826 yards receiving. Jake Butt has been another key contributor to the offense with 4 touchdowns and 518 yards. The key running back for Michigan is Devon Smith, who has 10 touchdowns with 810 yards rushing. You will also see Peppers run from the wildcat at times look for a trick play or two to come from that.
Who has the edge?
Score Prediction for Michigan vs Florida State:
Michigan 31 Florida State 17: The defense of Michigan will be too much for Florida State.