Dec 13, 2015

Michigan vs. Florida Early Preview Round-Up

The 70th annual Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl featuring the #14 Michigan Wolverines and #19 Florida Gators has already received a great deal of attention, evidenced by the quick sellout of the game in less than two full days.

With so many eyes on the game, here’s a roundup of what media are saying about the match-up in our 70th game.

Edward Ashoff of ESPN.com previews the game from the Florida side

The Gators will need a big day from defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard. He was arguably the Gators’ best defender all season. He registered 17.5 tackles for loss as a guy who played most of his season inside. Florida needs to force turnovers and work with a short field.

His colleague Dan Murphy, took a look at the Michigan side of the ball

Michigan was at its best this season when controlling field position, forcing opponents to travel long distances for points and capitalizing on short drives on offense. All three phases may need to help keep the Citrus Bowl turf tilted in the Wolverines’ direction.

Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel notes that the game will be the last hurrah for the Gators’ celebrated defensive stars

Bill Connelly of SBNation looked at the advanced statistics in the match-up

Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press highlights the similarities between the two programs in their first year under new coaches

There’s no personal relationship between the Citrus coaches, but there’s a kinship from this season, knowing how tough it is to turn the momentum of the train, to follow Harbaugh’s recent metaphor.

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