Let’s get to know what team Michigan will play in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 29 in Atlanta.
Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press
It’ll be Michigan vs. Florida. Again.
This time in Atlanta.
The Wolverines (10-2) were selected for their second New Year’s Six bowl in the past three years Sunday when the program learned it will play Florida (9-3) in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 29 in Atlanta. The game will kick at noon (ESPN).
It’ll be the third time Michigan has played Florida during Jim Harbaugh’s tenure. The Wolverines beat the Gators, 41-7, in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 2016. U-M opened the 2017 season in Texas with a 33-17 win over Florida.
The Wolverines are 4-0 all-time vs. Florida. This will also be Michigan’s first appearance in the Peach Bowl.
The Gators enter the postseason after a nine-win season with first-year head coach Dan Mullen. The Gators’ best win of the year was a 27-19 home win over LSU in October. Florida has losses against Kentucky, Georgia and Missouri.
The Gators rank No. 47 nationally in total offense (426.7) and No. 27 nationally in total defense (344.8). Running backs Lamical Perine and Jordan Scarlett have combined to rush for 1,467 yards and 10 touchdowns in Mullen’s spread offense. Quarterback Feleipe Franks – who started against U-M last season – has thrown for 2,284 yards, 23 touchdowns and six interceptions this season.
The Wolverines will be playing for their first 11-win season since 2011.
“We are honored to represent the Big Ten Conference in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl,” Harbaugh said in a statement Sunday. “Florida is a great football team and we look forward to the opportunity to compete against them. We are excited to have our student-athletes and fans experience the Peach Bowl during the holiday season.”
College Football Playoff committee chairman Rob Mullens said Sunday during an interview on ESPN that the Wolverines, ranked No. 7 in the latest CFP rankings, were sent to Atlanta and deserved to be closest to home as the highest-ranked at-large CFP team.
The other option for Michigan would’ve been the Fiesta Bowl, which wound up with LSU vs. UCF.
Michigan will be looking for its first bowl win since beating Florida to close the 2015 season. The Wolverines lost to Florida State in the Orange Bowl in 2016 and fell to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl to close last season.
Tickets for the Peach Bowl will be made available to the public at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Michigan fans can purchase tickets through the athletic department’s website at mgoblue.com/tickets. The cost is $160.
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