Brian Kelly and Jimbo Fisher have a lot to prove. Kelly became the head coach at one of the most storied programs in college football history and was considered a savior, and Fisher took over for the legendary Bobby Bowden last year.
In the second year with their respective programs, both coaches have an 8-4 record.
A victory at the Champs Sports Bowl won't be considered redemption for either team's disappointing seasons, though.
The game simply pits two teams that are very close in talent level against each other, and a win would be nothing more than a solid victory, a win against a very good team to put on one of the two's resumes.
The Florida State offense has struggled at times this season, and Fisher wants his 73rd-ranked offense to play well against Notre Dame's 34th-ranked defense.
Likewise for Kelly, his offense has done well in some games but played poorly in others. If the 34th-ranked offense can best of one of the top defenses in the nation, then Kelly will be a step closer to proving his supposed offensive genius.
While Fisher's team will come out and play hard against the Irish, expect Kelly to throw a few wrinkles in the game plan and surprise the Florida State coaching staff.
Edge: Notre Dame