• Florida and Michigan have previously met four times with the
Wolverines holding a 4-0 series advantage. This will be the third time
in the last four seasons where the Gators and Wolverines square off, as
well as the third matchup between the two teams in a bowl game.
• This year’s top-10 contest will be the highest-ranked matchup
between the two teams and the first time both programs were ranked
in the top 10 at the time of the game.
• Both the Wolverines and the Gators are also very familiar with the
opposing team’s conference. Florida is 25-15-1 all-time vs. current
Big Ten schools while Michigan has a 25-9-1 all-time record against
GUARANTEED FIRST-TIME WINNER
• Both Florida and Michigan will be looking to secure their respective
program’s first-ever Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win.
• Michigan will be making its first trip to the Bowl, while this will
mark Florida’s third appearance in the game, but its first since 2004.
• The Gators are 0-2 in their previous two trips to the
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, falling 27-10 to Miami in 2004 and 26-6 to
West Virginia in 1981.
BIG TEN’S BACK
• This year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl represents only the fourth Big Ten
vs. SEC matchup in the Bowl’s 51-year history. The SEC currently
holds a 2-1 advantage over the Big Ten in those games.
• The Big Ten Conference has played in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on
seven previous occasions, compiling a 2-5 record, with all five
setbacks coming by seven points or less. It will be the first time that
a Big Ten team will play in the Bowl since 1990, when Indiana
suffered a 27-24 loss to Auburn.
• Meanwhile, this will be the SEC’s 36th appearance in the
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, posting a 18-16-1 record in the Bowl to date,
with the most recent appearance occurring last year when No. 7
Auburn fell to No. 12 UCF 34-27.
BATTLE-TESTED BOWL PROGRAMS
• Florida will be making its 44th bowl appearance, tied for the 14th
highest total all-time among FBS schools, while Michigan will be
making its 47th bowl appearance, which is tied for the 11th highest
• Florida’s 22 bowl wins represent the 16th highest among FBS schools
and Michigan’s 21 bowl victories represent the 17th best total.
• This will be the 14th time that Florida faces a Big Ten school in a
bowl game. The Gators hold an 8-5 mark against the Big Ten in
bowls, most recently defeating Iowa 30-3 in the 2017 Outback Bowl.
• In comparison, this year’s contest will be the 15th time that Michigan
faces a Southeastern Conference school in a bowl game. Michigan
holds an 8-6 mark against the SEC in bowls, including its recent 26-
19 loss to South Carolina in the 2018 Outback Bowl.
• The Wolverines lead the nation in total defense (262.5 yards per
game) after holding eight of 12 opponents to a season-low in total
• Michigan is also second in the nation in pass defense, giving up only
145.9 yards a game passing, and boasts the nation’s 12th best
scoring defense (17.6 points per game).
• Florida ended the regular season ranked 21st in scoring defense
(20.4 points allowed per game), 27th in total defense (344.8
yards allowed per game) and 10th in passing defense (175.1 yards
per game). Florida is also tied for 12th nationally and leads the SEC
with 24 takeaways.
• The 10-2 Wolverines boast one of the nation’s most balanced
offenses, averaging 214.3 rushing yards per game and 212.9 passing
yards per game.
• Michigan enters the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl with the No. 2 scoring
offense in the Big Ten, averaging 36.8 points per contest with 55
• Florida ranks 26th nationally in rush offense (209.5 yards per game)
and 32nd in scoring offense (34.5 per game).
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