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Gator Bowl: Florida State Seminoles vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

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Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden will lead his team onto the field for the last time today when the Seminoles take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the 65th annual Gator Bowl at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

The Gator Bowl is the sixth oldest college bowl, held annually since 1946.

Bowden coached WVU for six seasons before leaving for Tallahassee in 1976. Of course, it has been almost 10 years since FSU last played for a national title, and that is part of the reason for the send-off. However, the 80-year-old will leave the game as major college football’s second-winningest coach.

These two sides are built on speed, and you know you’ll see a lot of players all over the field. The Seminoles, at 6-6, hold a 2-0 edge over West Virginia in the head-to-head series, including a 30-18 win over the Mountaineers in the 2005 Gator Bowl.

The last thing the Noles want is to send Bobby into retirement with a defeat.

UPDATE: FSU sent coach Bowden into retirement in style by beating the Mountaineers 33-21. The 80-year-old won his 22nd bowl game with the Seminoles, including seven straight victories in the Gator Bowl.

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