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Michigan looks for another holiday in Florida in Orange Bowl

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A year ago, Michigan took out its frustrations on a Florida team in a Florida Bowl.

Might it happen again?

The Wolverines are a touchdown favorite to beat FSU in this season’s Orange Bowl. A year ago, Michigan won an easy game against Florida, 41-7, in the Citrus Bowl.

The game could end up being a game of chase-the-quarterback. FSU leads in the nation in sacks, and Michigan is fourth. If you consider sacks-per-game, Michigan is second.

The Wolverines are second in the nation on defense. Despite a troubling start, FSU has closed to 29th, however.

“We all watch Florida State,” Harbaugh said. “You see what a fine team they always have, and a great atmosphere for football and their fan base. The white pony and the spear. It’s all cool.

“Everything about it I think will be a great matchup. We’ll be excited to practice, get prepared and get ready for a football fight at the Orange Bowl.”

FSU will try to test Michigan with quarterback Deondre Francois and running back Dalvin Cook.

It’s a game that many might have forecast as a playoff game. But FSU lost three games this year, and Michigan lost two.

Harbaugh quarterbacked Michigan to a 20-18 victory over FSU in 1986.

I just remember how great Deion Sanders was. That really stood out in my mind. And Coach (Bobby) Bowden. He was really cool. I remember running and scrambling, once to the left and once to the right toward their bench and ended up running 80 or 90 yards side to side and ended up throwing it out of bounds. He gave me a smile, and a pat on the back and said something (to me).”

Game time is 8 p.m. On Dec. 30.

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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