Michigan and Florida will play again, this time in the Peach Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Below you will find game time, TV channel, prediction and preview.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will try to improve as a Wolverines coach to a 2-2 in bowl games. Florida's Dan Mullen is expected to win his first Bowl game as head coach of the Gators.
Michigan-Florida: Peach Bowl Time, Television Station
Michigan and Florida play at 12:00. ET on Saturday, December 29th. The game is running on ESPN.
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Michigan-Florida: Peach Bowl Prediction, Preview
Well, hello again.
For the second time in four seasons ̵
On January 1, 2016, Michigan Florida led 41-7 in the Gator Bowl to a 10-win season in Harbaugh's debut season as a coach.
This year, the Wolverines must enter without lasting disappointment after losing 62-39 to Ohio State on November 24. This game secured rival Buckeyes the title of league and beat Michigan from the College Football playoff image. Michigan will also play in Florida without the stars DE Rashan Gary, LB Devin Bush and RB Karan Higdon.
Even without these great players, Michigan will have a talented squad that wants to complete the program's first 11-win season since 2011. In the offensive, Shea Patterson's first season led to 2,300 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and just five interceptions. And even if Higdon does not play, the Wolverines should have a strong attack headed by Chris Evans (403 yards this season).
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And then there is the defense. Michigan is at the forefront of defense as a whole, allowing just 262.5 points per game. Chase Winovich and his 14.5 tackles for a loss will be hard to stop.
To counter, while Florida does not score a high-score attack, the Gators have a balance. Quarterback Feleipe Franks only completes 58.5 percent of his passes, but has only put six interceptions in the hard SEC. This has helped Florida achieve a return on sales of -10 (in 10th place in the country).
Like Michigan, Florida has an impressive defense unit. The Gators will have 32 sacks this season and will lean against this side of the ball to keep the game tight for all four quarters.
Michigan-Florida: Statistics comparing
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|Michigan||Stat / Leader||Florida|
|10-2 (8-1 Big Ten East)||Record||9-3 (5-3 SEK East)|
|No. 7||GFP Ranking List||Nr. 10|
|36.8||Points per Game||34.5|
|427.2||Yards per Game||426.7|
|262.5||Throwing per game||344.8|
|145.9||190]||116.6||Rushing Yards allowed||169.7|
| Shea Patterson
2,364 yards (21 TDs, 5 INTs)
|Passing Yards|| Feleipe Franks
2,284 yards (23 TDs, 6 INTs)
| Karan Higdon
(does not play in Peach Bowl)
1.178 yards, 10 TDs
|Rushing Yards|| Lamical Perine
750 yards, 6 TDs
| Donovan Peoples-Jones
541 yards, 7 TDs
|Receiving Yards|| Van Jefferson
439 yards, 6 TDs
| Chase Winovich
62 total battles, 14.5 tf, 4 sacks
| Jacha i Polite
43 tackles in total, 16 tf, 11 sacks
Michigan-Florida: Earnings Prediction
The Wolverines will not achieve full strength, but Michigan has the small advantage of quarterback. Shea Patterson will be the difference late as the Wolverines win their 11th game of the season.
Michigan 24, Florida 17