FSU football will play the Georgia Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl on Saturday. It's the first New Year's Six Bowl game for the Noles since they defeated the Michigan Wolverines in the 2016 Orange Bowl. However, the bowl lost all of its luster when FSU got snubbed for the College Football Invitational Playoffs. If the team hadn't lost a game or the ACC Championship, the Orange Bowl would have been a nice finality to the season. However, under these circumstances, there is no closure, and FSU will field a much different team than the one that went undefeated in the regular-season.
The Noles have had several players declare for the 2024 NFL Draft, and others have opted to enter the transfer portal. The most recent transfer portal addition was backup quarterback Tate Rodemaker, who everyone expected to start in the Orange Bowl. FSU is a +17 point underdog. That's the largest betting spread against FSU since the 2020 season. Ironically, FSU has not lost a game by more than 10 points over the last two seasons. FSU released the depth chart for the Orange Bowl Tuesday afternoon. Here are three major takeaways from the news.