Two college football programs that saw the biggest turnarounds of any in the nation in 2015, the No. 19 Florida Gators and No. 14 Michigan Wolverines, will square off on at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day in the 2016 Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
The Gators and Wolverines will go head-to-head for the first time since the 2008 Capital One Bowl, a 42-35 overtime victory for Michigan in what was head coach Lloyd Carr’s last game.
The match-up is also interesting seeing as UF and UM will open the 2017 in a neutral-site contest at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It will also be a showdown of two coach of the year candidates in Florida’s Jim McElwain and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.
This bowl selection comes on the heels of Florida earning the No. 19 spot in the new College Football Playoff Rankings. UF dropped one slot after falling to No. 2 Alabama in the 2015 SEC Championship Game on Saturday.
The Gators also checked in at No. 19 in the AP Top 25 but were one spot higher at No. 18 in the Coaches’ Poll.
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