Michigan is heading back to Arlington.
Just one season removed from kicking off 2012 with a date against Alabama in the Cowboys Classic, the Wolverines will again head down to Texas on Sept. 2, 2017 to take on the Florida Gators of the SEC at AT&T Stadium, the school announced Thursday.
“We are excited to make a return trip to Dallas for the Cowboys Classic against Florida,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in a statement released through the school's athletic website. “This is a great way to reach our fan base in the south and to continue to expand our recruiting efforts in the state of Texas. Our goal is to have as many Michigan fans at the game as possible.”
Hoke added, “Florida has been one of college football’s best programs over the past 20 years, and we are excited to face the Gators in a regular season football game for the first time ever.”
Michigan lost their only appearance in the Cowboys Classic against the defending national champion Crimson Tide, 41-14, undoubtedly looking to have a different result against the Gators this time around.
Michigan, the away team in 2012, will again fall under the same title with Florida playing host, as the two traditionally strong programs will square off in primetime on national television.
Michigan and Florida last met in the 2008 Capital One Bowl, a 41-35 win for the Wolverines in Coach Lloyd Carr’s final game wearing the block ‘M’ on the sidelines. Michigan has won both previous meetings with Florida.
The instant replay crew and officials will be provided by the Big 12 conference.
Details on ticket sales for the 2017 Cowboys Classic will be announced at a later date.
The addition of Florida completes Michigan’s 2017 football schedule.
Michigan also announces a previously scheduled match-up with Ball State in 2016 has now been moved to Sept. 12, 2020 at the big house.