Michigan vs. Florida: Citrus Bowl Live Stream, TV Info, Game Notes

    Michigan vs. Florida Citrus Bowl live stream, TV broadcast information, predictions and game notes. The No. 14 Wolverines will battle the No. 19 Gators in Orlando on New Years Day in the Citrus Bowl.

    December 31, 2015

    Everything you need to know about the Michigan vs. Florida Citrus Bowl live stream and TV broadcast, as well as game notes and prediction.


    The No. 14 Michigan Wolverines will battle the No. 19 Florida Gators in Orlando on New Year’s Day in the Citrus Bowl.

    The Wolverines (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten) are appearing in their first bowl game since 2013 and their 44th overall. Michigan exceeded many expectations in Jim Harbaugh’s first season at the helm and won four of its last five games to close out the 2015 schedule. Unfortunately, the one loss during that span was a 42-13 beat-down delivered by arch-rival Ohio State. Michigan scored a touchdown just before the half to make it a four-point game, but the Buckeyes outscored the Wolverines 28-3 in the second half for the easy win. Michigan was limited to just 57 yards rushing, which put more on Jake Rudock’s shoulders. Rudock (19-of-32, 263 yards, TD) played mistake free football, but couldn’t do enough against a determined Ohio State defense. Jehu Chesson benefitted the most from Michigan’s reliance on the passing game, hauling in eight catches for 111 yards and received the Wolverines’ only touchdown. Michigan is looking to snap its two-game losing skid in bowl games after losses to South Carolina in the 2013 Outback Bowl and Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl two years ago.

    The Gators (10-3, 7-1 SEC) are appearing in their second consecutive bowl game and 42nd in program history. Florida also surprised many in the college football world under first year head coach Jim McElwain. However, the lack of offensive production eventually caught up resulting in two straight losses to end the season. Last time out, the Gators fell 29-15 to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2015 SEC title game. Down 2-0, dynamic freshman Antonio Callaway ripped off an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown to give Florida its only lead of the game. The Tide would then respond with 27-unanswered point to seal the deal and the conference title. The game was truly on the shoulders of Treon Harris, as the running game produced just 15 yards. Harris was overwhelmed by the Alabama defense all day, completing just 9 of his 24 passes for 165 yards with a touchdown and a pick. The Gators will look to win their second bowl game in a row after beating East Carolina, 28-20, in last year’s Birmingham Bowl.

    The 2015 Citrus Bowl will mark the third matchup between Michigan and Florida all-time (all January bowl games). The Wolverines have the edge winning the previous two meetings in the 2003 Outback Bowl and 2008 Capital One Bowl.

    Below is everything you need to know about the matchup, including the Citrus Bowl live stream, TV broadcast information, game notes and prediction.

    Citrus Bowl Live Stream, TV Broadcast Information

    • Venue: Raymond James Stadium
    • Date: Friday, January 1
    • Kickoff Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
    • National TV: ABC
    • Citrus Bowl Live Stream: Watch ESPN, No Radio Stream Available

    Prediction

    Whichever team scores first wins? The Florida offense won’t be as putrid as it was late in the year, but it’s only going to have a few effective drives to get into scoring range. Unfortunately for the Gators, they’ll come up empty with the kicking game woes turning out to be a disaster. After being run over by Ohio State, there’s no way Michigan allowed Harris to pull a J.T. Barrett – the Wolverine defense is about to show up and make a huge statement.

    For the final score prediction, check out our Citrus Bowl preview.

    Game Notes

    • The Citrus Bowl will be Harbaugh’s first as Michigan head coach; U-M coaches are 6-3 in their first bowl game at the institution.
    • The Gators rank sixth nationally (second in the SEC) in total defense, allowing just 295.4 yards per game.
    • The Wolverines have a 23-8-1 all-time record against schools from the SEC.

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