We knew that Florida State would be a part of the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl as soon as they lost 44-33 to Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game on Saturday night. Now, we know that their opponent will also be a championship game loser.
Florida State's opponent will be South Carolina, the losers of the SEC Championship Game to Auburn, according to the Orlando Sentinel. South Carolina is 9-4 on the season after suffering a 56-17 blowout loss to Auburn on Saturday. Florida State is also 9-4 after their loss to the Hokies. The game will take place on December 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Atlanta.
Still, a 9-4 season and a Chick-fil-A Bowl appearance has to be seen as a relatively successful season for new coach Jimbo Fisher. The Seminoles lost big to Oklahoma early in the year, but rebounded with a strong 6-2 conference record and a big win over arch-rival Florida. Their two conference losses were by a combined six points.
This was also a good season for Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, despite the blowout loss in the SEC Championship Game. They defeated Alabama earlier in the year and also won at Florida. They also nearly beat Auburn the first time they played them. The matchup also pits Spurrier against a team that he sparred many times against when he coached Florida.