As has been speculated all week long, Bobby Bowden got his way one last time.
Florida State (6-6) will face off against West Virginia (9-3) Jan. 1st in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl held in Jacksonville's Municipal Stadium. This game, which is the equivalent of a final curtain call for Bowden, is significant for Hurricanes fans.
Because FSU was invited to the Gator Bowl, No. 14 Miami was bumped down from the bowl game they coveted to a lesser bowl. They will literally head south as they accept an invitation to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando to square off against the Wisconsin Badgers (9-3; AP no. 24) on Dec. 29.
Although they didn't get the bowl they wanted, this can still be viewed as a positive as Miami stays in state. Family, friends, and fans of the U will have a shorter drive to support their team in the college postseason as the 'Canes essentially play a home game.
In their next opponent, Miami will face a team very similar to their own, not only record wise but in total yards (UM ranked 36th, Wisconsin 34th) and points scored (UM ranked 28th, Wisconsin 22nd).
While Miami fields a better aerial attack led by the new King of Cool, sophomore QB Jacory Harris, the Badgers sport a more formidable running game spearheaded by their own all star, sophomore RB John Clay, who rushed for almost 1,400 yards and 16 scores.
This will be the fourth time the two schools face off. Currently the Hurricanes hold a 2-1 series lead with the last matchup occurring in 1989 when Miami won 51-3.
This will be Miami's second consecutive postseason appearance in a bowl game under head coach Randy Shannon.
The game will be aired live at 8 p.m. on ESPN.