On Monday, Florida Gators’ head coach Dan Mullen made his appearance on the Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl conference call to discuss Michigan’s upcoming matchup against his Gator team on December 29th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Amazingly enough, this will be the third time in Jim Harbaugh’s four seasons in Ann Arbor that Michigan has met up with Florida. Both of the first two games were blowouts in Michigan’s favor, including a dominant 41-7 victory in the 2016 Citrus Bowl.
Mullen, meanwhile, has had one very positive experience against Michigan as he handed the Wolverines their worst bowl loss in history when his former Mississippi State program won the 2011 Gator Bowl in Rich Rodriguez’s last game with the program by a score of 52-14.
Both teams come into this game following a rivalry game. For Florida, they blew out a subpar Florida State team while Michigan continued their annual struggles against Ohio State as they fell to the Buckeyes in Columbus. Mullen says he is coming into the team’s bowl game confident regardless of opponent.
“I don’t — I don’t care who we’re playing. I didn’t really care,” he said. “I’ll be honest with you. Yeah. I mean, I’m just excited to be at a New Year’s Six bowl and have the opportunity to play a great team. If they rolled out anybody, we would go ready to play. I don’t care who it was; they could roll out Notre Dame, Clemson, Oklahoma, Alabama; we’re going to show up ready to go play, and I’m — whoever came, Texas, whoever else in the New Year’s Six bowls this year, we would have had willing to play all of them. I probably wouldn’t have wanted to play Georgia or LSU because we’ve already played both of those two. Anybody else I would have been excited to play.”
The two teams will kick off on December 29th at NOON EST.