Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl Preview

December 31, 2010 7:30 PM ET
Stadium: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Payout: $3,250,000 (ACC), $2,400,000 (SEC)
Played: 1968-present
Once known as: Peach Bowl (1968-1997)
Broadcasters: Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham
Sideline Reporter: Jeannine Edwards
Storyline: Two similar teams will face off in the Georgia Dome in the last college football game of the 2010 calendar year. South Carolina and Florida State both lost in their respective conferences’ title games. Both teams are 9-4. Both teams have excellent defenses; the Seminoles lead the nation in sacks, while the Gamecocks are 5th in that category. South Carolina won nine games for the first time since 2001, including giving Alabama its first loss since its national championship. A win over the Seminoles will tie South Carolina’s record for the most wins in a season. The Gamecocks won 10 games in 1984. Steve Spurrier is 1-3 in bowl games at South Carolina. Florida State is appearing in its 29th straight bowl game, the longest streak in college football. Talk about consistency! Seminoles quarterback Christian Ponder will be behind center despite an elbow injury that has plagued him the second half of the season and not appearing in the ACC title game against Virginia Tech. Florida State looks to cap Jimbo Fisher’s inaugural season with a win over a proven Gamecocks squad. Florida State has defeated South Carolina in the previous six meetings, the most recent being 1991.
All-time Series: 15-3 Florida State
Line: South Carolina by 3

South CarolinaFlorida State
Overall Record9-4Overall Record9-4
Conference Record5-3Conference Record6-2
Bowl Record4-11Bowl Record22-14-2
Last Bowl Win2006 LibertyLast Bowl Win2010 Gator

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