Michigan Gets NY6 Bid, Set for SEC Rematch in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Michigan Gets NY6 Bid, Set for SEC Rematch in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

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Michigan Gets NY6 Bid, Set for SEC Rematch in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

The good news? Despite the lopsided loss on Nov. 24 to now-Big Ten champion Ohio State, 10-2 Michigan is playing in a New Year’s Six bowl game. The bad news? It’s against the most familiar non-conference foe that the Wolverines have had in recent years.

For the third time in four years, Michigan is set to play against Florida, as the Wolverines finished the season ranked No. 7 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, and was selected to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, which takes place at the newly built Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 29 at noon — the same day as the two College Football Playoff semi-finals — gets the first pick of the at-large selections of the New Year’s Six bowl games, with the other at-large picks going to the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.

Michigan and Florida have played each other four times in history, with the Wolverines having won all four contests. The first matchup was between coaches Lloyd Carr and Steve Spurrier in the Outback Bowl in 2003 (following the 2002 season), with a 38-30 win in favor of the maize and blue. The two teams met up again in Carr’s final game with the program, on New Year’s Day 2008, as the Wolverines defeated Urban Meyer’s Gators, 41-35.

The last two contests haven’t been quite as close, however. The two programs met up again in 2016 in the Capital One Bowl (now the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl), after Jim Harbaugh’s first year coaching the Wolverines. That game ended up being an all-out rout, 41-7. Michigan and Florida met up again in the Advocare Classic in Arlington, Tex. to open up the 2017 regular season. And while the game looked close for much of the contest, the 33-17 victory for the maize and blue doesn’t accurately describe how lopsided the game was, with Michigan dominating defensively, and both Florida touchdowns coming on two pick sixes from the Gators defense.

The hope going into ‘Selection Sunday’ in some ways was that arch rival Ohio State would get into the College Football Playoff, which would open the door for Michigan to play in the Rose Bowl, which still has a Big Ten – PAC-12 tie in, save for when it is hosting a playoff semi-final. Of course, that hope for many Michigan fans wasn’t terribly strong, given the difficulty that comes with rooting for the success of the Wolverines hated enemy. However, Oklahoma ended up getting the fourth and final playoff spot, which sent the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl.

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