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Florida reveals uniform combo vs. Michigan

The Florida Gators will cap off their first season under head coach Dan Mullen on December 29 in Atlanta, Ga. as they take on the Michigan Wolverines in the Peach Bowl. UF announced the uniform combination the Gators will wear when they take on their in-state rivals. Florida will wear its traditional orange helmets with script ‘Gators’ on the side along with white jerseys and blue pants. You can see video of both teams threads for the
upcoming match up in the video linked above.

The game kicks off at noon ET and the game will be televised live on ESPN. The Gators sit at 9-3 on the season and are looking to cap off their season on a high note heading into the furry of January recruiting that follows. Conversely the Wolverines sit at 10-2 on the season and currently are a 6.5 point favorite in the game just a few weeks out.

The Gators have struggled against the Wolverines in their last several meets in both the regular and post season and hope to flip the script under a new coaching regime and new mindset in the locker room, especially quarterback Feleipe Franks, who struggled in his season opener against the Wolverines last season.

“I never doubt my ability to play football, so I don’t want to say I wasn’t ready,” Franks said, reflecting on that first start. “But at the same time, I don’t think I was as smart about the game as I am now.”

***Game Notes***

  • Florida’s rushing offense (209.5 yards per game), rushing average (5.2 per carry), passing offense (217.2), total offense (426.7), yards per play average (6.2), scoring offense (34.5), scrimmage touchdowns (47), passing touchdowns (27), and first downs (269) are all its highest totals or averages since 2009.

  • The Gators have not finished in the top 100 in offense since 2014, have not finished higher than 96th in total offense since 2010 (when they were 83rd), and their only passing offense to rank higher than 85th following the 2009 season checked in at 79th (2016).

  • At Mississippi State, Mullen inherited the 114th-ranked total offense (276.0 yards per game) and 106th-ranked rushing offense (101.7), but the Bulldogs finished the 2009 season ranked 69th in total offense (367.7) and 9th in rushing offense (224.58).

  • A win would give Florida three wins over ranked teams for the first time since 2012, as well as its first season with multiple top-10 wins since 2012.

  • Florida has won five of its last seven bowl games against ranked opponents, and it has a 9-8 all-time record against top-10 teams in bowl games.

  • Prior to defeating No. 5 LSU, Florida had lost nine of its last 11 games against top five teams, a stretch that dated back to the start of the 2010 season. Six of those nine losses were by 21-plus points.

  • Prior to its win at then-No. 23 Mississippi State, UF was 3-13 in road games versus ranked foes since 2010.

  • With wins over No.23 Mississippi State and No.5 LSU, Florida beat consecutive ranked teams for the first time since 2012, when it beat No. 23 Tennessee (Sept. 15), No. 4 LSU (Oct. 6), and No. 9 South Carolina (Oct. 20).

  • It was also the first time since 2008 Florida defeated ranked opponents in back-to-back games, when it won at No. 23 Florida State (Nov. 29), beat No. 1 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game (Dec. 6), and topped No. 2 Oklahoma in the BCS National Champi- onship Game (Jan. 8, 2009).

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