Michigan Loses Orange Bowl; Finishes 10-3

Dalvin Cook and Florida State bested Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines Friday night in the Capital One Orange Bowl 33-32 in a classic. 

Michigan will finish their 2016 season 10-3, and will go into the offseason with a possible top ten ranking. 

Jake Butt suffered a leg injury being taken out of the game in the first half. 

Jabrill Peppers suffered a hamstring injury in practice on Thursday, keeping him out of tonight’s matchup. 

Orange Bowl Preview: Michigan V. Florida State

This Friday, Jim Harbaugh’s no. 6 ranked Michigan Wolverines will face off against Jimbo Fisher’s no. 11 ranked Florida State Seminoles in Miami, FL.

The Wolverines currently sit as a touchdown favorite over the Seminoles, which some are considering higher than it should be considering the statistic margin amongst the two teams being narrow.

The key matchup creating all of the buzz for this game is FSU’s star tailback, Dalvin Cook, against Michigan’s stellar defensive front. Cook has ran for 1,620 yards and has reached the end zone 18 times for the Seminoles offense. Don Brown’s Wolverine defense is 13th against the run, and lead the nation against the pass.

Jimbo Fisher’s offense featuring the nation’s arguably top back, and emerging freshman QB, Deondre Francois, is quite possibly the best unit that the Michigan defense has lined up against in 2016.

Red zone play will be a huge factor in this game with Florida State as the nation’s top red zone offensive unit against Michigan as the nation’s 2nd best red zone defense. Look for the Wolverines to thrive on their defensive line, and linebacking core featuring heisman finalist, Jabrill Peppers, in order to stop the Seminole rushing attack.

The Michigan offense isn’t considered to be explosive, but very conservative, and quite efficient. DeVeon Smith is the leading ground gainer for the maize and blue; with 810 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016.

The strength of the Michigan offense lies within the receiving core without a doubt featuring Amara Darboh, and Jehu Chesson; not to mention senior All American tight end, Jake Butt. The three seniors have caught 126 passes for 1,813 yards, and 13 touchdowns combined.

Wilton Speight will be asked to play his very best football this Friday in order to keep up with a very face paced Florida State defensive unit. Through just 11 games, Speight threw for 2,375 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 6 INT’s.

Tune into the Capital One Orange Bowl this Friday night, 8:00pm ET on ESPN. This is expected to be one of the better matchups of the 2016-17 bowl season, and definitely one you won’t want to miss.

Michigan opens as 7.5 favorite over Florida State

According to multiple sports books, #6 Michigan has opened up as a 7.5-point favorite against #11 Florida State for the Orange Bowl. 

Michigan finished the regular season with a 10-2 record, road losses to Iowa and #3 Ohio State. Both losses were handed to the Wolverines in November.

Florida State ended their campaign with a 9-3 record with losses to #2 Clemson, #13 Louisville, and North Carolina. 

Michigan is 6-6 against the spread in 2016; while Florida State is 7-5 for this regular season against the spread, they are 2-2 in covering it in their last four bowl matchups. 

Michigan delivered a rout to Florida in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day this year, and looks to hand another Florida team a similar result. 

Michigan to take on Florida State in Orange Bowl


On Sunday, it was announced that the #6 ranked Michigan Wolverines will head to Miami to take on the 11th ranked Seminoles of Florida State on December 30th.

This will be the first meeting between Jim Harbaugh, and Jimbo Fisher; the second post season meeting between Jim Harbaugh and a football team from Florida.

Jim Harbaugh will look to improve to an 11-2 record, and earn his 2nd bowl game victory at Michigan.