The Florida State Seminoles have had their chances the last couple of seasons to make a national impact on college football, but they've come up short.
They even still had a chance to play in a BCS bowl up until last week, and blew that, too.
So for this season the 'Noles will have to settle for a conference championship, which they'll try to claim when they take on the 6-6 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Saturday night in Charlotte (8 pm ET, ESPN).
Earlier this week, Florida State started off as a 13-point favorite for this game, and since has been bet up to -14. Even at that number, nearly 70 percent of the betting action on the college football consensus was on FSU.
The Seminoles began this season as an even-money favorite to win the ACC, and for the most part they've lived up to that expectation. FSU started hot, winning its first five games, putting up some crazy numbers on offense in the process.
But then the 'Noles coughed up a late lead and lost at North Carolina State 17-16. Florida State then won its next five games to ice down the Atlantic Division title, but last week the 'Noles blew a chance at bigger things this post-season when they lost their in-state rivalry game vs. Florida in Tallahassee 37-26, turning the ball over five times.
Georgia Tech, meanwhile, went off as a 12/1 shot to win the ACC championship this season. But the Yellow Jackets started 1-3 in conference play, then lost a non-conference game to BYU 41-17.
But after that G-Tech won its last four ACC games, including a crazy 68-50 victory over North Carolina.
Last week the Jackets got punked in their in-state rivalry game by Georgia 42-10.
So the Wreck finished in a tie atop the Coastal Division, and would have lost the tie-breaker, thanks to an early-season loss to Miami. But the 'Canes put themselves on a bowl ban, and thus handed the spot in the conference title game to G-Tech.
On the injury front Florida State DE Tank Carradine blew a knee last week and will miss Saturday's game. On the other side of this matchup Georgia Tech RB Orwin Smith missed last week's game vs. Georgia with a bad ankle, but it's hoped he can play Saturday.
These two teams last met two seasons ago, when the Wreck rambled for 401 yards on the ground on its way to a 49-44 victory in Tallahassee.
The winner of this game will play in the Orange Bowl.
Free ACC Championship Pick: The better team is Florida State and it should be motivated to play in the Orange Bowl. We'll give the points and take Florida State. (courtesy of PickShark.com)
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