After a 9 win season under first year head coach Dan Mullen, the Florida Gators have found themselves in a Peach Bowl match up agains the Michigan Wolverines in Atlanta. With their opponent, time, and location set for the upcoming bowl game, early betting lines have already been released on the Top10 match up.
According to VegasInsider.com, the Wolverines open as a 6 point favorite over the Gators. The over/under for total points in the game now sits at 47.
The Gators and Wolverines will kick off in Atlanta on December 29 2018. Kickoff for the game will be at Noon ET.
The Gators put together a 9-3 season this year under Mullen, and also went 5-3 in SEC football play. Currently the Gators are riding a three game winning streak.
The Gators matched up against the Michigan Wolverines in last year’s season opener, and also played in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. Both were lopsided affairs in favor of the Wolverines. The Gators get their chance at a little redemption as they are headed for another matchup with Michigan in the 2018 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Jim Harbaugh is the head coach of the Wolverines and was for the previous two meetings, although Florida is now headed by Dan Mullen after Jim McElwain led the Gators to the two defeats in his first two seasons on campus.
McElwain worked all season at Michigan, but will be missing for the bowl as he was named the head coach of Central Michigan on Sunday. In his place as the receivers’ coach at Michigan, Harbaugh indicated that former offensive analyst Ben McDaniels will assume the role of receiver coach during bowl preparations.
“Jim McElwain, it looks like he will be the next coach at Central Michigan,” Harbaugh said. “I want to say I really like Jim a lot. I’m really excited for him and I think it’s a great fit.”
Also missing from the Michigan bowl contingent will be All-American defensive tackle Rashan Gary who has decided to forego the rest of his college career to prepare for the NFL Draft. Harbaugh said, “No, Rashan won’t play in the game,” when asked Sunday.
This year will be a chance for Harbaugh to battle wits with new Florida head coach Dan Mullen, this will also be Harbaugh’s first time on the opposite side of Mullen in his coaching career.
“Somebody who is very much respected in the profession and has a tremendous reputation as a football coach,” Harbaugh said of Mullen. “Haven’t had too many brushes with him, but have met him and look forward to competing against his team.”
While the Gators may be the underdogs in this match up currently, Harbaugh isn’t taking them lightly
“I always looked at the Florida Gators as one of the top teams in college football,” Harbaugh said. “A lot of talent and very well coached team. I caught them on TV a few times and we’ll have… as you do in every bowl game, a good amount of preparation time. So… look forward first to the competition and then second, how we can be successful.”