Get ready for an epic showdown at the 2023 Orange Bowl! This year, two powerhouse teams, No. 6 Georgia and No. 5 Florida State, will go head-to-head. Despite their top rankings, both teams narrowly missed out on the College Football Playoff. But now, they have a chance to prove themselves in this highly anticipated matchup.
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 30
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- Location: Hard Rock Stadium — Miami Gardens, Florida
- TV: ESPN | Live stream: Fubo (Try for free)
Orange Bowl: Georgia vs Florida State
Florida State’s Production: One of the main stories leading up to the Orange Bowl is the injury and opt-outs of several key Florida State players. According to CBS Sports research, the players who are injured or have opted out accounted for 80% of the Seminoles’ touchdowns this season. This includes star quarterback Jordan Travis, top wide receivers Keon Coleman and Johnny Wilson, top tight end Jaheim Bell, and top running back Trey Benson. With these players missing, the offense will now be guided by true freshman Brock Glenn. It remains to be seen how Glenn will perform in a high-pressure situation like the Orange Bowl.
Georgia’s Streaks: The Orange Bowl will mark Georgia’s 27th consecutive bowl appearance, which is the nation’s longest active streak and a testament to their consistency. But it’s not just about making appearances; the Bulldogs are also looking to win their seventh consecutive postseason game dating back to 2019. Additionally, the game provides an opportunity for the 2023 senior class to break the school record for wins in a four-season run, currently held by last year’s seniors of the 2022 class who went 49-5. The current senior class, with the record of 49-4 across the last four seasons, is eager to leave their mark in Georgia’s record books.
Carson Beck’s Chance: Georgia quarterback Carson Beck had a remarkable first season as a starter, finishing with an impressive 12-1 record overall, including a 4-1 record against top-20 opponents. His 289 completions and 3,738 passing yards for 2023 rank among the top three single-season passing performances in the Georgia record books. Beck will have his chance to command the spotlight in this game, and he’ll need to perform at his best to help lead the Bulldogs to victory.
Florida State’s Opportunity: Although Florida State is missing several key players, the team still has an opportunity to prove themselves in the Orange Bowl. Glenn and the other young players will be looking to make a statement and show that they have what it takes to compete at the highest level. It remains to be seen how Florida State’s offense will perform, but the team’s defense, led by defensive end Jermaine Johnson, could prove to be a challenge for Georgia.