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The Michigan Wolverines are arguably the most talented team left out of this year's College Football Playoff, losing two of their final three regular season games to end up on the outside looking in. The Wolverines will have to settle for a trip to the Orange Bowl, where they'll take on the Florida State Seminoles in Miami Gardens.

Kickoff: Friday, December 30 @ 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Additional Read: Michigan vs Florida State Betting

2016 Orange Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Florida State+6.5

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
MichiganBig Ten10-26-68-4
Florida StateACC9-37-55-6

Orange Bowl Matchup

Michigan started the 2016 season off with a 9-0 SU and 5-4 ATS record, blowing teams out by an average of 37.3 points per game. A trip to Iowa to face the Hawkeyes as a 24-point favorite looked like nothing more than another step toward a season-ending showdown against Ohio State, but that step turned out to be a huge hole.

Iowa stunned the Wolverines with a 14-13 upset win. The loss erased Michigan's room for error, sealing the Wolverines' fate when the team fell just short in an incredible game against Ohio State, losing 30-27 in overtime. Michigan finished the season with a 10-2 SU record and the second-best defense in college football, allowing only 12.5 points per game, but it wasn't enough to finish in the Top 4.

The Seminoles also enter the Orange Bowl with their share of what-ifs. Florida State took a 63-20 shellacking at the hands of the Louisville Cardinals in Week 3, but its other two losses came by just two points to North Carolina and three points to Clemson. Wrapping up the regular season with a 3-0 SU and ATS run, the Seminoles went 9-3 SU and 7-5 ATS.

If momentum is a factor heading into bowl season, the Seminoles have a clear advantage in this one. Florida State outscored its opponents 121-34 over its last three games, including an impressive 31-point performance against a very good defensive team in the Florida Gators. Michigan ended November with a 1-2 SU and ATS run, failing to cover the spread against Indiana in between its losses to Iowa and Ohio State.

The Seminoles came out flat in their bowl game last season, losing to Houston 38-24 in the Peach Bowl as a 7.5-point favorite. Jimbo Fisher isn't likely to let that happen two years in a row and Jim Harbaugh always seems to have his team ready, setting the stage for an exciting Orange Bowl between two of the nation's top teams.

Orange Bowl Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 16 of Michigan's last 20 games.
  • Michigan is 0-4 ATS in its last four games after an ATS win.
  • Michigan is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games in the postseason.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of Florida State's last seven games in the postseason.
  • Florida State is 4-0 ATS in its last four games after a win.

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Orange Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Orange BowlFlorida State31Notre Dame26+10NOTRDFLAST
1996Orange BowlVirginia Tech21Nebraska41-15.5NEBRNEBR
1997Orange BowlTennessee17Nebraska42-7.5NEBRNEBR
1998Orange BowlFlorida31Syracuse10+7FLAFLA
1999Orange BowlMichigan35Alabama34-2.5MICHMICH
2000Orange BowlFlorida State2Oklahoma13+11.5OKLAOKLA
2001Orange BowlFlorida56Maryland23+14.5FLAFLA
2002Orange BowlIowa17Southern Cal38-4.5USCUSC
2003Orange BowlMiami16Florida State14-1.5MIAMIMIAMI
2004Orange BowlOklahoma19Southern Cal55-3USCUSC
2005Orange BowlFlorida State23Penn State26-9FLASTPENNST
2006Orange BowlWake Forest13Louisville24-10LOUISVLOUISV
2007Orange BowlKansas24Virginia Tech21-3KANSASKANSAS
2008Orange BowlVirginia Tech20Cincinnati7-2.5VTECHVTECH
2009Orange BowlIowa24Georgia Tech14-6IOWAIOWA
2010Orange BowlVirginia Tech12Stanford40-3.5STANFOSTANFO
2011Orange BowlWest Virginia70Clemson33-3WESTVWESTV
2012Orange BowlFlorida State31Northern Illinois10+14.5FLASTFLAST
2013Orange BowlClemson40Ohio State35-2.5CLEMCLEM
2014Orange BowlGeorgia Tech49Mississippi State34-6Georgia TechGeorgia Tech
2015Orange BowlOklahoma17Clemson37+3.5CLEMCLEM
2016Orange BowlMichigan-Florida State-+6.5  
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