MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – The following is the schedule, TV channels and live streaming update for the college football bowl games on Friday, December 30, 2016.
Five bowl titles are on the table for Friday with the live coverage starting at 12:00 PM ET.
FEATURED BOWL GAME
The main attraction on the day is set to come from Hard Rock Stadium, here in Miami Gardens, Fla., where No. 6 Michigan will battle with No. 11 Florida State in the Capital One Orange Bowl.
Kick-off time for one of the most attractive non-playoff bowl games is 8:00 pm and ESPN will provide the live TV broadcast. WatchESPN will also stream the game live for those wanting to watch on streaming devices and smartphones.
The Wolverines were left disappointed at missing out on a place in the College Football Playoff semi-finals but the Big Ten outfits are still motivated to finish the season on a high.
Michigan (10-2) started the campaign strongly but defeats to Iowa and Ohio State ended its chances of claiming a Top Four spot in the CFP Rankings.
A victory on Friday night would see the Wolverines earning their first 11-win season since 2011.
Florida State (9-3), meanwhile, has won four straight and beat then-No. 15 Florida the last time out.
The Seminoles were also a bit disappointed at missing out on a College Football Playoff place, but head coach Jimbo Fisher believes it’s not all about the CFP and warned that other bowl games are just as meaningful.
“It’s not meaningless,” Fisher said of the non-playoff bowls during a news conference Thursday. “You play your tails off.
“That’s your job. That’s what you’re supposed to do. I don’t get the meaningless part either. There’s no such thing as a meaningless bowl game.”
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Florida State is expected to be driven home by junior running back Dalvin Cook, who has rushed for 1,620 yards and 18 touchdowns this season, as well as freshman quarterback Deondre Francois, who has completed 61 percent of his passes for 3,128 yards and 18 TDs.
Wide receiver Amara Darboh will be one of the dangermen for Michigan and he enters the game catching 52 passes for a career-high 826 yards and seven touchdowns this term.
The Wolverines, who are taking part in their third Orange Bowl, has a 61.4 percent chance to win against Florida State, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
The Seminoles are playing for the Orange Bowl for the 10th time and are 4-5 all-tim, including a victory in their most recent appearnce in 2012.
EARLY BOWL KICKOFF
Before the featured game on Friday, though, Georgia and TCU will get the ball rolling at Noon when they lineup in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
The matchup will take place at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn., with the game broadcasting live on ESPN and streaming on WatchESPN.
Elsewhere on Friday, No. 18 Stanford and North Carolina will face-off in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, live on CBS in El Paso, Texas, while No. 21 Tennessee and Nebraska will go head-to-head in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
The other bowl game on Friday sees South Alabama and Air Force matching up in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl, starting at 5:30 pm at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.