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College Football
Florida State vs Oregon
When: 5:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 1, 2015
Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California


1. The inaugural College Football Playoff has arrived and second-seeded Oregon will face third-seeded Florida State in a semifinal contest in the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif. The Ducks will be looking to topple defending national champion Florida State, which has won 29 consecutive games. The winner will meet top-seeded Alabama or fourth-seeded Ohio State in the national title game on Jan. 12.

2. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was the landslide winner of the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting and 2013 winner Jameis Winston is the quarterback of Florida State, marking a rare meeting of Heisman winners in bowl games. “You have two of the greatest players in college football right now,” Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters. “That makes for great TV and makes for great competition. It’s what it’s about – getting the best against the best.” The other Heisman-winning quarterbacks to square off in a bowl game are 2007 winner Tim Tebow (Florida) against 2008 winner Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) when the Gators won the 2008 national title and 2004 winner Matt Leinart (USC) versus 2003 winner Jason White (Oklahoma) when the Trojans won the 2004 title.

3. Standout Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered a serious knee injury in practices leading up to the contest and won’t be available. The highly regarded Ekpre-Olomu has nine career interceptions and opposing teams typically don’t throw much to his side of the field. The Ducks have a plus-17 turnover margin – and Winston tossed 17 interceptions – so it will be interesting to see what effect Ekpre-Olomu’s absence has on the game.

TV: 5 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Oregon -9.5

ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (13-0, 8-0 ACC): Winston wasn’t as sharp as his Heisman winning campaign as his mistake-prone ways and off-field conduct drew more attention than his 3,559 yards and 24 touchdowns. Still, the Seminoles averaged 34.8 points per game and have solid performers in running back Dalvin Cook (905 yards, eight touchdowns) and receiver Rashad Greene (93 receptions for 1,306 yards and seven TDs). Defensively, Florida State allows 23 points per game and the standouts of the unit include middle linebacker Reggie Northrup (team-best 113 tackles), free safety Jalen Ramsey (75 tackles, including 9.5 for losses) and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (team-best 11 tackles for losses).

ABOUT OREGON (12-1, 8-1 Pac-12): Mariota produced 52 touchdowns (38 passing, 14 rushing) while passing for 3,783 yards and rushing for 669, helping the Ducks average 46.3 points per game. Running back Royce Freeman (1,299 yards, 16 touchdowns) emerged as the season wore on while Byron Marshall had a team-best 61 receptions for 814 yards and Devon Allen added 41 catches for 684 yards. Oregon allows 22.5 points per game with free safety Erick Dargan leading the team in tackles (82) and interceptions (six), defensive end DeForest Buckner compiling a team-leading 12 tackles for losses while outside linebacker Christian French has a team-best 6.5 sacks.

Oregon 48, Florida State 42
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Florida State 13-0 W13 34.8 23.0 7-0 6-0 10-0 0-0 8-0
Oregon 12-1 W8 46.3 22.5 7-1 5-0 3-0 0-0 8-1
Last Meeting
Florida State Oregon
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Florida State N/A
Oregon N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Florida State N/A
Oregon N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Florida State N/A
Oregon N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
Florida State N/A
Oregon N/A
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Florida State J. Winston 65.4 3559 24 17
Oregon M. Mariota 68.3 3773 38 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Florida State D. Cook 155 905 5.8 8
Oregon R. Freeman 230 1299 5.6 16
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Florida State R. Greene 93 1306 14.0 7
Oregon B. Marshall 61 814 13.3 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Florida State K. Williams 11
Oregon R. Freeman 17
Quickchart Matchup
Florida State Off vs  Oregon Def
434.7 yards
413.8 yards
4.3 yards/rush
4.1 yards/rush
8.3 yards/attempt
6.6 yards/attempt
Oregon Off vs  Florida State Def
545.5 yards
378.3 yards
5.5 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
10 yards/attempt
7.1 yards/attempt