Michigan football 2017 season opener: Meet the Florida Gators – Detroit Free Press
We rank all 14 teams of the Big Ten Conference, including Michigan and Michigan State, entering the 2017 college football season. By Brian Manzullo, DFP. Wochit
Jan 1, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh (left) and Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain meet at midfield before the 2016 Citrus Bowl at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium.(Photo: Reinhold Matay, USA TODAY Sports)
Get to know Michigan’s opponent in Saturday’s season opener, the Florida Gators:
Matchup: No. 9 Michigan Wolverines (0-0) vs. No. 16 Florida Gators (0-0).
When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
TV/radio: ABC, WWJ-AM (950).
Line: Michigan by 3.
Know the foe: The last time Jim Harbaugh and Jim McElwain tangled on a football field, the Jim with the khakis and cleats beat the other Jim into submission. Michigan blasted Florida, 41-7, in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 2016, capping Michigan’s first season under Harbaugh. Plenty has changed now, though, as both coaches are about to enter their third year with respective questions about what comes next. The Gators have some off-field issues to overcome, some starters to replace and a quarterback situation to solve.
Three things to watch for Florida
Florida will be without at least seven players due to suspension for the season opener. The most notable absence will be top receiver Antonio Callaway. Callaway posted team-highs in catches (54) and yards (721) last season, and was expected to offer some initial security for Florida’s new quarterback, which is still to be determined. Senior Brandon Powell is