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Champs Sports Bowl 2011: Florida State, Notre Dame Square Off In Battle Of Traditional Powers

The 2011 Champs Sports Bowl will be Florida State against Notre Dame, in a battle of two traditional college football powers. The Seminoles finished 8-4 this season, while the Fighting Irish also went 8-4 after losing their first two games. The Seminoles will occupy the ACC's slot in the game, while Notre Dame will fill in for the Big East.

Both teams were highly-ranked to start the season, but both fell on hard times at the beginning. The Fighting Irish lost games to South Florida and Michigan to begin the year, while Florida State lost three in a row after beginning the year with two victories. Both have rebounded to post solid seasons.

Here's more information on the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl.

Game date, time: 5:30 pm ET, Thursday, December 29

Location: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL.

TV channel: ESPN

2010 winner and loser: NC State 23 - West Virginia 7

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