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Bowl projections: Could Miami play Florida in the post-season?

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The latest bowl projections have most of Florida’s teams facing the possibility of staying in-state for the post season.

With none of the schools figuring in the playoffs, most of ESPN’s latest projections still have some intriguing match-ups.

Start with UCF, which will play in Orlando’s Cure Bowl against Appalachian State on Dec. 17 (according to Mark Schlabach) or the Miami Beach Bowl (Dec. 19) against Ohio (according to Brett McMurphy).

USF is projected to play against Boston College in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 26 (Schlabach) or in the Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 29) against Ole Miss.

Miami could play either Minnesota (Dec. 28) in the Pinstripe Bowl or face Florida in Jacksonville’s Taxslayer Bowl on Dec. 31.

If Florida doesn’t play Miami, it is projected to play against Nebraska in Tampa’s Outback Bowl on Jan. 2.

FSU is projected to play either Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 or Tennessee in the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31.

Again, the predictions are subject to change by the week.

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 [email protected]

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