Peach Bowl First Look: FSU vs. Houston

    A first look at the Peach bowl between the Florida State Seminoles and Houston Cougars.

    December 6, 2015

    The 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will feature a matchup between the Florida State Seminoles and Houston Cougars.

    Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Broadcast Info

    Date: Thursday, December 31
    Time: 12:00 pm ET
    Network: ESPN
    Venue: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA 

    By the measuring stick created by Jimbo Fisher, it was a rebuilding year at Florida State

    For the first time in four years, Fisher’s second in Tallahassee, the Seminoles were not the ACC’s big dog. It was unfamiliar territory for a school that had won three straight conference championships and a national title in 2013. However, this latest edition continued to slide on offense in the wake of QB Jameis Winston’s departure. First, there was the inexcusable loss to slumping Georgia Tech to end a 33-game regular-season winning streak, and then the stumble in Death Valley to pass the Atlantic Division to Clemson. Still, FSU secured its fourth straight 10-win campaign, landed another marquee bowl berth and kept LSU from poaching Fisher, so it wasn’t all bad.

    Houston, we have an emerging Group of Five powerhouse

    The Cougars fired Tony Levine following a seven-win season, because they knew the program was capable of so much more. Boy, does that decision look prescient now. With Tom Herman in charge, Houston needed less than a year to become a national entity. The new coach helped transform QB Greg Ward Jr. into a superstar catalyst of a dynamic offense. Not coincidentally, the only time the Cougs have lost this year, at UConn, was when Ward was injured. This program has a ton of momentum, especially after Herman inked a five-year extension last week. And a marquee bowl game against a Power Five opponent affords Houston another chance to make a monster statement.

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