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

By Adam Silverstein
December 6, 2015

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.

OnlyGators.com will update this post with additional information shortly.


  1. JPGator718 says:

    I understand the bowl selection committee is obligated to take the highest ranking SEC team, but Old Miss should not be going to the Sugar bowl over Florida. Florida won their division, beat Ole Miss, played in the conference championship game, and has a better record than Ole Miss. I actually believe Florida should be ranked before Ole Miss. Well, at least the Gators earned a New Years Day bowl.

    • Dave Massey says:

      That’s not accurate. They could have taken Florida if we were ranked withing six spots. They are not obligated to take the highest ranked team. Even if we were one spot higher they still would have taken Ole Miss anyways. Treon does not provide the ‘entertainment’ value they want in a bowl game.

      • JPGator718 says:

        Okay, thanks for the correction. I hope our offense can do enough to help our defense in the bowl game. It would be nice to end the season on a positive note.

  2. Alex says:

    I was at the game, it did not go into overtime. Just an FYI

  3. boeing747 says:

    This is a very important game for both programs. Both are in danger of finishing the season unranked with a loss. Both are still living with being humiliated in their own stadium by a hated rival. The game is a springboard towards respect in the 2016 season. Both have been more successful than envisioned at the start of the season, but a loss will be a setback to being able to compete with the teams that embarrassed them at their house.

    • G8trATL says:

      I agree with you @boeing747 as I think (my Gator love aside) this is one of the best match-ups this year for the bowl games.
      A win by either school can put a “nice ribbon” for both 1st year coaches and really keep the momentum going for next year, which for me defines the saying “the program is heading or not heading in the right direction”.
      As far as crowd mix wonder what % will be UF VS. UM. You would assume more UF given the dist to G’Ville But….

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  5. SD Gator says:

    This is a very important game! Given the offence struggling from scoring I am not sure if we can finish strong.

  6. G2 says:

    Looks like we got the toughest game in the SEC aside from Bama being in the playoff.
    Hard to get too excited as bad as the offense has played, defense can only carry us so far. Hoping we can get another QB ready to go if Treon struggles. Almost as bad as watching last years offense.

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