Michigan to face Florida Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

The Wolverines are headed to Georgia. For the third time in four seasons under Jim Harbaugh, Michigan will play against Florida, taking on the 10th ranked Gators on Dec. 29 at noon eastern in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

“We are honored to represent the Big Ten Conference in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl,” said Harbaugh in a statement. “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.”

Michigan carries a 4-0 record against Florida all-time, with all four meetings taking place in the last 15 years. The Wolverines defeated the Gators 33-17 to open up the 2017 season, stunning the SEC team 41-7 at the end of the 2015 campaign in the Citrus Bowl.

Florida went 9-3 this fall, going down as an early victim to a surprising Kentucky squad, before dropping back-to-back teams to Georgia and Missouri. The Gators knocked off ranked Mississippi State and LSU teams.

In going against Florida, the Wolverines will be without form Gators head coach Jim McElwain, who coached Michigan’s wide receivers this season, but will be leaving to take the head coaching job at Central Michigan. Offensive analyst Ben McDaniels will coach the position during bowl prep.

In his Peach Bowl teleconference, Harbaugh also confirmed that defensive end Rashan Gary, who has announced his plan to declare for the NFL Draft, will not play in the team’s final contest. He noted that he does not expect anyone else to sit out the bowl game.

 
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