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Bowl projections: Florida, FSU would have interesting games

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So who has been the best first-year coach in America? Jim McElwain of Florida or Jim Harbaugh of Michigan?

According to USA Today, they might make their final argument against each other.

So who is more electric to watch? FSU running back Dalvin Cook or Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch?

They might share the same field.

Ah, yes. Bowl predictions have started already in America. And, according to USA Today, there could be some interesting – although not particularly high profile — match-ups on tap.

Try the Peach Bowl, where the newspaper anticipates FSU will play Memphis, which just knocked off Ole Miss last weekend. For FSU, that obviously isn’t going to please a lot of people. Not after making the playoffs last year and winning the national title the year before. Not considering that FSU is currently undefeated.

Then there is the Citrus Bowl, where Florida is projected to play against Michigan. Both teams lost this weekend because of the kicking game, the Gators giving up a fake field goal and the Wolverines botching an end-of-game punt.

In other games, USA Today sees Miami playing against Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 26 and FIU playing East Carolina in the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 21.

Other publications are playing the same game. Sports Illustrated has FSU playing against Utah, also in the Peach Bowl, Miami against Tennessee in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, Florida against Iowa, also in the Citrus Bowl.

According to ESPN, FSU will play either Oklahoma State (one prognosticator) or Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29, South Florida will play Middle Tennessee State in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 26, Florida will play Michigan in the Citrus Bowl or Notre Dame in the Fiesta on Jan. 1, Miami will play Ole Miss in the Taxslayer Bowl on Jan. 2.

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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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