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Similar to other potential postseason matchups, both Notre Dame and Florida State entered the 2011 season with a "BCS or bust" mindset.
For Notre Dame, that dream ended after losing the first two games of the season to the surprise of many.
Three straight losses for the Seminoles early in the season also hindered any chance they would appear in a BCS game in January.
However, both teams have an explosive amount of talent capable of making big plays in crucial moments.
This game would also bring back memories of historic games between these two storied programs.
In 1993, the No. 2 Fighting Irish played host to the No. 1 ranked Seminoles. Although Notre Dame had a 14-point lead with 1:39 remaining in the game, Florida State star quarterback Charlie Ward connected with Kez McCorvey for a touchdown, cutting the Irish lead to just seven.
After going three-and-out, Florida State got the ball back with one last shot at tying the game. Ward drove the Seminoles down to Notre Dame's 14-yard line with three seconds remaining in the game. On the last play, Ward had his pass attempt broken up in the end zone, giving Notre Dame a stunning 31-24 victory in what has been considered by many to be one of the top games of the 20th century.
The last time these two teams squared off was in 2003. That season, Florida State handled the Irish, overcoming a loss the previous year with a 37-0 thrashing of Notre Dame.
A Champs Sports Bowl with Notre Dame-Florida State would feature two historic programs vying to return to national prominence.