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Five Florida Teams Heading to NCAA College Football Bowl Games

The Florida Gators and the UCF Knights finished the 2018 season as the Sunshine State's only AP Top 25 teams

The 2018 NCAA college football regular season has ended. The postseason, however, will feature five Florida teams fighting for a final victory.

The University of Miami, the University of Central Florida, Florida International University, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida are heading to bowl games.

Miami Hurricanes

The Hurricanes' season started with a No. 8 preseason ranking before four straight losses doomed their College Football Playoff aspirations. In finishing with a 7-5 record, the Hurricanes will head to the Pinstripe Bowl to play against the Wisconsin Badgers (7-5).

The Pinstripe Bowl (ESPN) will be held in New York's Bronx borough on Dec. 27 at 5:15 p.m. ET.

UCF Knights

No. 8 UCF wrapped up a consecutive undefeated season on Saturday at home after overcoming the Memphis Tigers 56-41 on Saturday. An undefeated season was not enough to earn the Knights a spot in the College Football Playoff – again.

UCF declared itself the national champion after defeating Auburn in the Peach Bowl last season. This season, the Knights, which did not play against a ranked team, will face off against No. 11 LSU (9-3) in the Fiesta Bowl in hopes to make a statement to the College Football Playoff selection committee with a victory.

The Fiesta Bowl (ESPN) will be held in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

Florida Gators

Under the helm of new head coach Dan Mullen, the No. 10 Gators finished with a 9-3 season after defeating rival Florida State University in Tallahassee 41-14 on Nov. 24.

The Gators lost to Kentucky, Missouri and Georgia – all which finished in the AP Top 25 and are also heading to bowl games. The Gators will face No. 7 Michigan (10-2) in the Peach Bowl, which gives Mullen the opportunity to become the 11th coach in SEC history to win 10 games in the first season leading a team.

The Peach Bowl (ESPN) will be held in Atlanta on Dec. 29 at 12 p.m. ET.

FIU Panthers

A roaring fourth-quarter offense was not enough for the FIU Panthers to end the season with a victory at home – losing to the Marshall Thundering Herd 28-25 on Nov. 24.

However, despite losing hometown rivals the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida Atlantic University Owls to finish with an 8-4 season, Florida International is going international and heading to the Bahamas Bowl to battle the Toledo Rockets (7-5).

The Bahamas Bowl (ESPN) will be held in Nassau on Dec. 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

South Florida Bulls

The USF Bulls won seven straight before losing five in a row, including their last regular-season game at home to UCF in a 38-10 blowout on Nov. 23. USF will play against the Marshall Thundering Herd (8-4) in the Gasparilla Bowl – meaning the Bulls will play at home.

The Gasparilla Bowl (ESPN) will be held in Tampa Bay on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET.

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