Date: Dec. 30, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Location: Hard Rock Stadium | Miami Gardens, Florida
Best moment: Amara Darboh's 46-yard touchdown sprint down the home sideline at the Big House on Oct. 1 led Michigan to a win over then-No. 8 Wisconsin. Colorado, vanquished by Michigan the week before, had yet to prove itself so beating the Badgers was Michigan’s first legitimizing victory of the season. It also turned out to be the Wolverines’ best victory all year.
Lowest moment: The last moment of the regular season was Michigan’s lowest. One play after a controversial fourth-down conversion, Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel scored a game-winning touchdown in double overtime for the Buckeyes. It wasn’t the worst loss of the season for Michigan, but the emotional toll of coming so close to locking up a spot in the Big Ten title game and then having it snatched away by a bitter rival will linger for a while in Ann Arbor.
Key player: Michigan’s offense comes and goes with quarterback Wilton Speight. The first-year starter has at times looked seasoned beyond his years leading an efficient scoring machine. When he struggles, though, the rest of the group grinds to a slow crawl. If he’s healthy, he’s a difference maker.
Motivation level: Low. Losing two of their last three games in heartbreaking fashion probably has left a bad taste in the mouths of Jim Harbaugh and his team. Still, after spending all year talking about their goal of winning a championship, it will take a good coaching job and buy-in from a veteran-laden team to keep their sights set on a non-championship bowl and not what personal futures might be waiting for many of them. -- Dan Murphy
Best moment: As the season teetered following a 3-2 start, the Seminoles trailed early against Miami, which had lost six in a row in the rivalry. Florida State had just lost to North Carolina and hadn’t dropped back-to-back games since 2011. FSU took a second-half lead, but Miami made a late comeback. With 1:38 left, the Canes attempted a game-tying PAT that DeMarcus Walker blocked for the 20-19 win. The legend of the “Block at Hard Rock” was born, and FSU finished out the rest of the regular season 6-1.
Lowest moment: The week began with the news that Derwin James would miss significant time, and a few days later Josh Sweat tore cartilage in his knee on the final practice play before the Louisville game. Banged up and in a hostile environment, the Seminoles were blown out, 63-20.
Key player: Once he shook off a slow start, Dalvin Cook re-established himself as one of the country’s best running backs. He ended the season with eight 100-yard efforts over his final nine games, and he’s second among Power 5 players in rushing and scrimmage yards. Few players are as explosive as Cook.
Motivation level: High. Questions about the Seminoles’ motivation level lingered through the season’s first half, but those have been erased. Florida State should be extremely motivated to end with at least 10 wins for a fifth consecutive season. The seniors rallied this group when the season was in the balance. -- Jared Shanker