Everything you need to know about the FSU vs. Houston Peach Bowl live stream and TV broadcast, as well as game notes and prediction.
The No. 9 Florida State Seminoles will take on the No. 18 Houston Cougars in Atlanta on Dec. 31 for the Peach Bowl.
The Seminoles (10-2, 6-2 ACC) are making their 34th consecutive postseason appearance, which is the nation’s longest active streak. FSU finished the 2015 regular season strong with three straight wins, including a 27-2 beat-down of rival Florida. The Seminoles led 13-0 after three quarters and a Florida safety midway through the fourth ended FSU’s shutout bid. Florida State kept its foot on the pedal against its rival as Dalvin Cook scored a pair of rushing touchdowns to give the Seminoles the big win. Cook was the star of the show, slicing through Florida’s stout front seven for 183 yards on 26 carries in addition to his two scores. Sean McGuire had a quiet game, but played well enough in the win, throwing for 160 yards and a touchdown without any turnovers. The Noles are 4-1 in bowl games under Jimbo Fisher. His only defeat came in last year’s 50-29 loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
The Cougars (12-1, 7-1 AAC) are making their third straight bowl appearance and 24th overall. Houston finished the 2015 regular season winning its last two games following its only loss to UConn, including a 24-13 win over Temple in the inaugural AAC title game. Houston jumped out to a 24-3 lead midway through the third quarter and despite a late surge from Temple, that was all it needed to capture the conference crown. Greg Ward Jr. carried the Cougars with his legs as he scrambled 17 times for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Brandon Wilson and Javin Webb flanked Ward Jr. in a backfield that combined to rush for 233 yards on the day. Webb had the only other Houston touchdown as he punched in a one-yard run to open the game. In addition to the bowl berth, head coach Tom Herman led Houston to its second 12-win season and 11th conference championship in program history.
The 2015 Peach Bowl will mark the 17th meeting between Florida State and Houston with the Cougars leading the series 12-2-2. The last matchup between these two teams occurred in 1978, with Houston winning 27-21 in Tallahassee.
Below is everything you need to know about the matchup, including the Peach Bowl live stream, TV broadcast information, game notes and prediction.
Peach Bowl Live Stream, TV Broadcast Information
- Venue: Georgia Dome
- Date: Thursday, December 31
- Kickoff Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
- National TV: ESPN
- Peach Bowl Live Stream: Watch ESPN, No Radio Stream Available
If the Noles try to mail this game in, they’ll fall to the Cougars, who’ve already beaten the ACC’s Louisville at Papa John’s Stadium. Houston will come prepared and fired up. But it won’t quite be enough to overcome Cook on a fast track and an FSU defense that can control the line of scrimmage. The Seminoles will wear down Houston and frustrate Ward, who’ll face tight passing windows against CB Jalen Ramsey and safeties Derwin James and Lamarcus Brutus. The Cougs will hang for a half before fading over the final two quarters.
For the final score prediction, check out our Peach Bowl preview.
- Dalvin Cook leads all running backs nationally with 26 plays of 20 yards or more. He has 22 rushes of 20+ which leads the Power 5 and is six more than the next closest person: Derrick Henry (16).
- Ranking 12th in scoring offense (40.6 points per game) and 19th in scoring defense (20.5 points per game), Houston is the only program in the nation to rank in the top 12 in scoring offense and the top 20 in scoring defense.
- The Florida State senior class has already won 49 games, setting an FSU record. The Noles’ seniors can become the second team ever to win 50 games with a victory over Houston.