ORLANDO, Fla. -- Both Florida and Michigan hired new coaches before the season began. Now, both teams will play against each other in a new year's day bowl game.
The No. 17 Wolverines (9-3) and No. 19 Gators (10-3) will play each other in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Friday, Jan. 1 2016 the bowl organizers announced on Sunday. This trip to Orlando and the Citrus Bowl marks the fifth time in U-M program history it has played in the bowl. The bowl will be televised nationally on ABC.
U-M is headed back to a bowl for the first time since the 2013 season.
The last time the Gators and Wolverines played each other was in the 2008 Capital One Bowl, where the Heisman winner Tim Tebow could not defeat the Wolverines riding high in Lloyd Carr's final game. The Wolverines were victorious 41-35.
The Gators were first in the SEC East division by surprising many in head coach Jim McElwain's first season. The Gators are fresh off a 29-15 SEC Championship game loss to Alabama on Saturday, which played a factor in the Gators heading to the Citrus Bowl. The Wolverines will also see a familiar in face Doug Nussmeier, who was U-M's offensive coordinator last season.
U-M has a 3-1 record in its previous four Citrus Bowl appearances and has compiled a 23-8-1 record against the SEC heading into its 33rd appearance against thhe conference. In recent history, U-M has been hard-pressed to find bowl success. Since the 2008 Capital One Bowl, U-M has only won one bowl game (2012 Sugar Bowl).
The Citrus Bowl marks the 44th bowl appearance in program history for the Wolverines, good for 11th all-time among FBS schools.