Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Michigan gameday #13: vs. Florida

Happy new year, everyone!  January 1 is not just a day of celebrating flipping the calendar over to another year--it's also the day when I commemorate another new beginning:  the inception of this here blog!  It was four years ago today that I spun off this new blog from TMV to highlight all things Michigan, and somehow I'm still going strong.  Thank you to everyone who follows, reads, comments, and sends me more Wolverines cards to feed my addiction!

With that out of the way, there's more business to get to.  The Wolverines have made it back into a bowl game, and better yet they're playing on New Year's Day, the traditional and best day for bowl games.  Michigan's 9-3 record has earned them a matchup in the Citrus Bowl against 10-3 Florida, a game that looks pretty even on paper thanks to each team's excellent defense.

Of course I still have happy memories of the last time these two played, eight years ago in the Capital One Bowl.  In Lloyd Carr's final game as Michigan's head coach, the Wolverines stunned everyone by coming out in a spread offense and putting up 41 points to Florida's 35, defeating the heavily-favored Gators led by Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer.  It was the last hurrah for my favorite draft class, helmed by Chad Henne, Mike Hart, Mario Manningham, Jake Long, Adrian Arrington, and others.

The Wolverines are favored by four points today, but as we all know by now that doesn't mean anything.  I hope our seniors, including grad transfer QB Jake Rudock, get to go out as winners and bring first-year coach Jim Harbaugh a bowl victory to put a nice bow on an unexpectedly resurgent season.  Let's start 2016 on a high note and ride that momentum to a top recruiting class and an even better season this fall!


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