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Week 20 Preview – January 6-7, 2018
The State of Florida will host one NFL Game.
Sunday, January 7 – NFL Playoffs, Buffalo Bills v Jacksonville Jaguars, Everbank Field, Jacksonville

Week 19 Results
TaxSlayer Bowl, Mississippi State Bulldogs 31, Louisville Cardinals 27; ATT @ Jacksonville, 41,310
Capital One Orange Bowl, Wisconsin Badgers 34, Miami Hurricanes 24; ATT @ Miami, 65,032
Buffalo Bills 22, Miami Dolphins 16; ATT @ Miami, 65,571
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, New Orleans Saints 24; ATT @ Tampa, 55,376
Citrus Bowl, presented by Overton’s, Notre Dame Fighting Irish 21, LSU Tigers 17; ATT @ Orlando, 57,726
Outback Bowl, South Carolina Gamecocks 26, Michigan Wolverines 19; ATT @ Tampa, 45,687

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, Central Florida Knights 34, Auburn Tigers 27; ATT @ Atlanta, 71,109

Weekly Attendance Counter For Games Played in Florida Through Week 19
August 26 – Two college games, 15,601 total attendance
August 31-September 2 – Nine college games, 148,174 total attendance
September 9-10 – No Games played due to Hurricane Irma
September 15-17 – Nine college games, Two NFL Games, 287,078 total attendance
September 21-24 – Seven college games, 155,955 total attendance
September 28-October 1 – Nine college games, one NFL game, 242,509 total attendance
October 5-8 – Seven college games, two NFL games, 308,581 total attendance
October 14-15 – 11 college games, one NFL game, 337,871 total attendance
October 21-22 – Seven college games, one NFL game, 215,357 total attendance
October 27-28 – Six college games, one NFL game, 215,445 total attendance
November 3-5 – 13 college games and two NFL games, 347,674 total attendance
November 11-12 – Six college games, two NFL games, 233,582 total attendance
November 16-19 – Six college games, one NFL game, 381,882 total attendance
November 24-25 – Three college games, 152,394 total attendance
December 2-3 – Four college games, two NFL games, 254,774 total attendance
December 9-11 – Three NFL games, 190,351 total attendance
December 15-16 – One neutral site game, two College Bowl Game, two NFL Games – 177,012 total attendance
December 23-29 – Two College Bowl Games – 55,973 total attendance
December 31-January 1 – Four College Bowl Games, two NFL games – 330,702
2017-18 Season Attendance for 106 College Football Games and 22 NFL Games – 4,050,915

UCF Completes Unbeaten Season with Peach Bowl Win over Auburn
With a 34-27 win over the Auburn Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl,, the Central Florida Knights became the only FBS team to finish with an undefeated record, and only the sixth team in modern-day Florida FBS Football to complete an undefeated season with a 13-0 record. The Miami Hurricanes posted 12-0 records in 1987, 1991 and 2001 and the Florida State Seminoles were 12-0 in 1999 and 14-0 in 2013. What is even more remarkable about the Knights perfect season, is in 2015, the Knights were winless in 12 games. With the hiring of Scott Frost in 2016, UCF finished 6-7 in his first year and improved to 13-0 while winning the 2017 American Conference Football Championship.

Jacksonville Jaguars host Buffalo Bills in First Round Playoff Game
The 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars were the AFC South Division Champions and one of only 10 out of 32 NFL teams to win 10 games or more during the regular season. As the AFC South Champions, the Jaguars will host the Buffalo Bills, an AFC Wild Card team in the first round of the playoffs, Sunday, January 7. It is the first post-season appearance for the Jaguars since 2007 and their first division title since winning the AFC Central in 1999.

18 Florida Teams Combine for 57% Winning Percentage
It was a good year for Florida’s college football teams as the 18 teams combined for a 118-89 record for the 2017 season and a 57% winning percentage. Leading the way was the UCF Knights with their 13-0 record, followed by the Florida Atlantic Owls and West Florida Argonauts which finished with 11 wins, while the Miami Hurricanes and South Florida Bulls won 10 games each. Five more teams finished with 7 wins or more (Bethune-Cookman, Florida International, Florida State, Jacksonville and Southeastern), to finish with winning records.

Florida teams went 4-2 in bowl games with UCF Knights, Florida Atlantic Owls, Florida State Seminoles and South Florida Bulls posting post-season wins. Also advancing to the post season were the West Florida Argonauts, who won four post-season games and played for the NCAA Division II Championship in only their second year of fielding a team. The Southeastern Fire advanced into the NAIA Playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Florida Football Once Again Tops 4 Million Attendance
Following the New Year’s Day slate of college football bowl games, football attendance in the State of Florida surpassed four million for the fourth consecutive year. Total attendance for 2017-18 now stands at 4,050,915 with at least three games remaining, as the Jacksonville Jaguars play a first round playoff game (January 7), the East-West Shrine Game (January 20, at Tropicana Field) and the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl (January 28 in Orlando).

Since the 2014-15 season when Florida Football Central began tallying statewide college and professional football attendance totals, more than 16 million fans have attended games in the Sunshine State.

2014-15 4,150,787
2015-16 4,024,136
2016-17 4,242,742
2017-18 4,050,915
TOTAL 16,468,580

During the 2017-18 College and Pro Football season, teams from 28 states traveled to Florida for competition.
Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Florida Football Central is compiled weekly by Florida Sports Foundation Director of Communications, Nick Gandy. Send suggestions or corrections to ngandy@flasports.com. #floridafootballcentral

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