Florida State and South Carolina have accepted invitations to play in the 2010 Peach Bowl. The game will take place on New Year’s Eve at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta. Kickoff time will be 7:30pm, and the game will be televised on ESPN.
The Peach Bowl is always a matchup between a Southeastern Conference team and an Atlantic Coast Conference team. This year’s game pits the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Florida State Seminoles. The Peach Bowl is the ninth oldest bowl game in the country. It originated in 1968 as the Peach Bowl and is now in its 43rd year.
The University of South Carolina joined the Southeastern Conference in 1992, after having been an Independent team for 20 years. Their head coach is Steve Spurrier, who is in his sixth year with the team. Spurrier previously spent twelve years as head coach of the Florida Gators and was head coach of the NFL Washington Redskins in 2002-03. South Carolina, with a record of 9-4, comes into
the game as the SEC’s East Division Champion. They are ranked #19 in college football polls. Their only previous appearance in a Peach Bowl game was in 1969. The Gamecock’s last bowl appearance was the 2010 Papa John Bowl, where they lost to UConn.
Florida State University joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992. They are the ACC’s Atlantic Division Champion. Their record this year is also 9-4, and they are ranked #23 in the nation. The Seminoles have a new head coach this season. Jimbo Fisher succeeded the retiring Bobby Bowden. Fisher had servedas the Seminoles’ Offensive Coordinator, and had previously been the Offensive Coordinator at LSU. FSU has made two previous Peach Bowl appearances, in 1968 and 1993. Their last bowl appearance was in the 2010 Gator Bowl, where they defeated West Virginia.
This year’s Peach Bowl marks the first time that the matchup has been between the runner up teams in the SEC and the ACC. Florida State and South Carolina are long time rivals from the days when both schools were independents. The Seminoles hold a commanding 15-3 lead in the series. They have not met since 1991, when they joined their respective conferences. Over the last few years,
many Peach Bowl wins have been decided by a touchdown or less. This year’s game between Florida State and South Carolina promises to be another exciting game for fans.
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