Florida Gators to welcome UAB back to college football with nonconference game in 2017

Set to return to college football in 2017 following a two-year absence, the UAB Blazers announced Thursday that they will travel to Gainesville, Florida, to face the Florida Gators in nonconference action as part of their return schedule on Saturday, Nov. 18.

A Florida spokesman confirmed this scheduling agreement to OnlyGators.com on Thursday.

The Gators to this point have not announced their entire nonconference slate for 2017 outside of a neutral-site contest against the Michigan Wolverines that is scheduled to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 2 in Arlington, Texas. Florida has its annual in-state rivalry showdown with the Florida State Seminoles set for Nov. 25 but also has one more slot to fill.

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Quick Hits: Florida Gators embarrassed by Michigan 41-7 in Citrus Bowl rout

No. 19 Florida Gators (10-4) football played terribly for its fifth consecutive game as the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines ran wild on Friday to pull off a dominant 41-7 victory in the 2016 Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Since routing Georgia on Halloween, Florida has averaged 15.4 points per game, scoring just 24 in its last three contests combined. It’s hardly the end to the seemingly magical season that head coach Jim McElwain and Gators fans envisioned.

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WATCH — Tale of two fakes: Florida Gators fail (miserably), succeed (amazingly) on trick plays

The first quarter of the 2016 Citrus Bowl featured two trick plays called by Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain. Simply put, the first one failed miserably while the second was arguably the most effective that has been run in college football this season.

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Citrus Bowl – Florida Gators vs. Michigan: What to know, how to watch on TV, stream online, picks

No. 19 Florida Gators football returns to the Citrus Bowl for the first time since 2007 when it takes on the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines in the 2016 edition of the game on Friday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

Here’s a look ahead at the game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Michigan.

Viewing information

Event: 2016 Citrus Bowl
Location: Citrus Bowl – Orlando Florida [Capacity: 70,000]
Weather: 83 degrees, mostly cloudy, winds WSW at 10 mph

Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
TV: ABC (Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch)

Streaming Video: WatchESPN.com | Mobile Video: CBS Sports app (iOS) / (Android)
SiriusXM: 81 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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Jim McElwain discusses Florida Gators being a work in progress, Will Grier’s transfer decision

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain is rarely specific when he speaks with the media. While he may offer some praise here and there, criticisms are generally kept under wraps and those attempting to discern what he means are often forced to read between the lines of what he actually says.

So on Tuesday, when McElwain spoke ahead of the 2016 Citrus Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines, there was plenty to ask the coach but only so many answers that came back. However, if one looks closely enough, McElwain’s opinions are not that tough to discern.

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Early bowl practices give Florida Gators a glimpse into future; QB Luke Del Rio included?

The 2015 season began with promises of the Florida Gators being fixed … eventually. It was 2016 when Florida was supposed to be whole again with quarterback Will Grier entering his third year, then-new head coach Jim McElwain in his second and the coach’s first full recruiting class set to join the program.

My how things can change over four months.

Grier’s emergence came to fruition … only for the player to get suspended for a full year by the NCAA and then decide to transfer from the program. McElwain had the Gators’ offense humming under Grier as Florida rolled to a 9-1 start … only to be manhandled in back-to-back games as the offense appeared as inept as it was under Will Muschamp.

Still, the Gators exceeded expectations in 2015, which means they will only be greater for Florida and its now-veteran coach in 2016. And before UF even settled in to practice for Michigan ahead of the 2016 Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, the team was focused on what it will look like next season.

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Florida to face Michigan in 2016 Citrus Bowl; Gators fall in final top 25 rankings

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.

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BACK-2-BACK CHAMPS: Florida Gators softball wins 2015 WCWS, second straight national title

No. 1 Florida Gators softball became just the third program in the history of the sport to win back-to-back national championships, defeating the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines 4-1 on Wednesday in Game 3 of the 2015 Women’s College World Series Championship Series in Oklahoma City.

Senior right-handed pitcher Lauren Haeger (7.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 5 K), the 2015 USA Softball Player of the Year, went the distance for Florida and also continued her dominance at the plate by going 1/1 with an RBI single and two intentional walks. With Wednesday’s performance a compliment to her tremendous effort throughout the event, she was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

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