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Gator Bowl: West Virginia vs. Florida St.

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Last Years Pick: Nebraska +2, Win

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When the Gator bowl kicks off this year it will be a very special bowl for the coach of the Florida St Seminoles. Bobby Bowden will coach his last game as a member of the Florida St. Seminoles and ironically he will face the team where it all started when they take the field, West Virginia.  

West Virginia is off a good year but they fell short against some teams and it cost them in the end. They finished with wins against Pittsburgh and Rutgers and that was good enough for third place in the Big East and a spot in the Gator bowl. On the year they cost sports bettors with a subpar record against the number, but they were not as much of a disappoint as the Seminoles were. 

The Seminoles started the season with ACC title hopes on the line and by the time the end of the season rolled around they were happy to be bowl eligible. The defense was torn apart and the end of the line for Bobby Bowden was here as he is being ushered out of the coaching spot although he wanted to stay for one more year.  

For as bad as the ‘Noles played all it would take is this win to make everything alright on the year. They need to win one for the coach and they have all the tools to do it. They are playing this bowl game in Jacksonville and fans will come out to say farewell to one of the greatest coaches of the game. The Seminoles are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games, 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games, and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games as an underdog. The Mountaineers are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 vs. ACC and are 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games following an ATS win. Bobby Bowden will get his team fired up  and go out on a winning note! 

Gator Bowl Pick: Florida St. +2.5 


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History and past results of the Gator Bowl:

Gator Bowl Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
1/1/46
Wake Forest
26
South Carolina
14
1/1/47
Oklahoma
34
N.C. State
13
1/1/48
Maryland (tie)
20
Georgia (tie)
20
1/1/49
Clemson
24
Missouri
23
1/2/50
Maryland
20
Missouri
7
1/1/51
Wyoming
20
Washington & Lee
7
1/1/52
Miami (Fla.)
14
Clemson
0
1/1/53
Florida
14
Tulsa
13
1/1/54
Texas Tech
35
Auburn
13
12/31/54
Auburn
33
Baylor
13
12/31/55
Vanderbilt
25
Auburn
13
12/29/56
Georgia Tech
21
Pittsburgh
14
12/28/57
Tennessee
3
Texas A&M
0
1/2/60
Arkansas
14
Georgia Tech
7
12/31/60
Florida
13
Baylor
12
12/30/61
Penn State
30
Georgia Tech
15
12/29/62
Florida
17
Penn State
7
12/28/63
North Carolina
35
Air Force
0
1/2/65
Florida State
36
Oklahoma
19
12/31/65
Georgia Tech
31
Texas Tech
21
12/31/66
Tennessee
18
Syracuse
12
12/30/67
Florida State (tie)
17
Penn State (tie)
17
12/28/68
Missouri
35
Alabama
10
12/27/69
Florida
14
Tennessee
13
1/2/71
Auburn
35
Mississippi
28
12/31/71
Georgia
7
North Carolina
3
12/30/72
Auburn
24
Colorado
3
12/29/73
Texas Tech
28
Tennessee
19
12/30/74
Auburn
27
Texas
3
12/29/75
Maryland
13
Florida
0
12/27/76
Notre Dame
20
Penn State
9
12/30/77
Pittsburgh
34
Clemson
3
12/29/78
Clemson
17
Ohio State
15
12/28/79
North Carolina
17
Michigan
15
12/29/80
Pittsburgh
37
South Carolina
9
12/28/81
North Carolina
31
Arkansas
27
12/30/82
Florida State
31
West Virginia
12
12/30/83
Florida
14
Iowa
6
12/28/84
Oklahoma State
21
South Carolina
14
12/30/85
Florida State
34
Oklahoma
23
12/27/86
Clemson
27
Stanford
21
12/31/87
LSU
30
South Carolina
13
1/1/89
Georgia
34
Michigan State
27
12/30/89
Clemson
27
West Virginia
7
1/1/91
Michigan
35
Mississippi
3
12/29/91
Oklahoma
48
Virginia
14
12/31/92
Florida
27
N.C. State
10
12/31/93
Alabama
24
North Carolina
10
12/30/94
Tennessee
45
Virginia Tech
23
1/1/96
Syracuse
41
Clemson
0
1/1/97
North Carolina
20
West Virginia
13
1/1/98
North Carolina
42
Virginia Tech
3
1/1/99
Georgia Tech
35
Notre Dame
28
1/1/00
Miami (Fla.)
28
Georgia Tech
13
1/1/01
Virginia Tech
41
Clemson
20
1/1/02
Florida State
30
Virginia Tech
17
1/1/03
N.C. State
28
Notre Dame
6
1/1/04
Maryland
41
West Virginia
7
1/1/05
Florida State
30
West Virginia
18
1/2/06
Virginia Tech
35
Louisville
24
1/1/07
West Virginia
38
Georgia Tech
35
1/1/08
Texas Tech
31
Virginia
28
1/1/09
Nebraska
26
Clemson
21

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