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ESPN writers predict bowl spots for FSU, Florida, USF, UCF

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The guesswork has begun as to where your favorite college team will go bowling.

Hint: If you pull for a team from Florida, it won’t be in the playoffs.

ESPN had its two college writers — Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy — outline each of the bowl games. Both writers have the playoff teams the same: Alabama vs. Washington in the Peach Bowl and Clemson vs. Michigan in the Fiesta. Schlabach has Alabama playing Michigan in the title game, while McMurphy has the Tide playing Clemson. The Tide, under Nick Saban, would be going for another national title.

Both writers have UCF, under Scott Frost, playing Georgia Southern in the AutoNation Cure Bowl, scheduled for Dec. 17 in Orlando.

Both have USF, behind Quinton Flowers, playing against Boston College in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 26.

McMurphy has Miami (Mark Richt‘s new team) playing Georgia (Richt’s old team) in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26.

Schlabach has Miami playing against Florida and Luke Del Rio in the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville on Dec. 31. McMcMurphy thinks Florida will face Penn State in the Outback Bowl.

FSU, says McMurphy, will play in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 28. Schlabach has FSU playing against Auburn in the Citrus Bowl, also in Orlando. Dalvin Cook leads the Seminoles.

Match-ups are sure to change as the regular season goes into its stretch drive.

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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