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Notre Dame to Play FSU in Champs Sports Bowl, Plus Other Postseason Games

Now it is official.

Notre Dame will battle the Seminoles of Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl.

The game starts at 5:30 PM on Thursday December 29, 2011 on ESPN.

Despite Florida State's disappointing season (hey, we know something about that!) this is still a pretty exciting matchup. The Seminoles have a pretty stout defense that is going to make it very hard for Notre Dame to move the ball in Michael Floyd's last game in the blue and gold.

Florida State is also one of the few teams to own a winning record against Notre Dame as well.

The Seminoles are 4-2-0 against the Irish with victories in 1981, 1994, 1996, and 2003.

Notre Dame won the contests in 1993 and 2002.

Florida State has been ranked in all of these games, and that trend will continue later this month as the Seminoles come into bowl season at No. 25 in the AP Poll.

There will be more previews of this game coming in a couple weeks. After the jump a quick look at the rest of the announced bowl games.

Don't Bother Division

New Mexico Bowl---Wyoming vs. Temple

Potato Bowl---Utah State vs. Ohio

New Orleans Bowl---Lafayette vs. San Diego State

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl---Marshall vs. FIU

Little Caesar's Bowl---Purdue vs. Western Michigan

Reluctantly Viewing Division

Poinsettia Bowl---TCU vs. Louisiana Tech

Hawaii Bowl---Southern Miss vs. Nevada

Independence Bowl---North Carolina vs. Missouri

Belk Bowl---NC State vs. Louisville

Military Bowl---Air Force vs. Toledo

Pinstripe Bowl---Iowa State vs. Rutgers

Music City Bowl---Wake Forest vs. Mississippi State

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl---Illinois vs. UCLA

Liberty Bowl---Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati

Compass Bowl---Pitt vs. SMU Bowl---Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas State

Quality Division

Las Vegas Bowl---Boise State vs. Arizona State

Holiday Bowl---Texas vs. California

Alamo Bowl---Baylor vs. Washington

Armed Forces Bowl---Tulsa vs. BYU

Insight Bowl---Oklahoma vs. Iowa

Meineke Car Care Bowl---Northwestern vs. Texas A&M

Sun Bowl---Utah vs. Georgia Tech

Chick-fil-A Bowl---Auburn vs. Virginia

TicketCity Bowl---Houston vs. Penn State Bowl---Florida vs. Ohio State

Outback Bowl---Georgia vs. Michigan State

Orange Bowl---Clemson vs. West Virginia

Cotton Bowl---Arkansas vs. Kansas State

Top 5 Bowls

5. Capital One Bowl---South Carolina vs. Nebraska

Pretty good name power from both programs and players. Both teams have a colorful coach roaming the sidelines. South Carolina has the opportunity to end the season ranked very high, while Nebraska will look to win its first bowl game as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

4. Sugar Bowl---Virginia Tech vs. Michigan

Who's going to be favored in this game? Is Virginia Tech laughably overrated? Can Michigan win its first bowl game in a while? Will the gravy train led by Hokemania keep rolling along with a Wolverine victory?

3. Rose Bowl---Oregon vs. Wisconsin

I'm not too confident that Wisconsin can handle Oregon's offense for four quarters. Still, this should be an interesting matchup in power vs. finesse---I'm guessing the latter wins out though.

2. BCS Title Game---LSU vs. Alabama

This game has to be here for many reasons, but it's not number one.

I don't feel like saying anything else about it.

1. Fiesta Bowl---Oklahoma State vs. Stanford

Likely the most important bowl game of the season. If Oklahoma State wins there will be an awful lot of questions about this system---not like there aren't anyway.

What if Alabama wins and the Cowboys do too?

Besides those story lines, this looks to be a really great game anyway. It is the last college game for Andrew Luck after all. He'll probably want to go out on a high note.

What bowls are must-see for you?