For the second time in as many years, the Florida Gators will be playing in a New Year’s Six bowl game. Following the carnage of conference championship weekend, the Gators remained No. 9 in the College Football Playoff Poll.
Despite getting boat raced in the SEC Championship Game, the Georgia Bulldogs dropped just one spot (No. 5), securing their place in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. As a result, Florida received the Orange Bowl invitation per its SEC tie-in.
Florida will have a national showcase to put the finishing touches on a potential eleven win season against the Virginia Cavaliers. From a recruiting standpoint, the game is right in the heart of the Gators’ South Florida recruiting hotbed, as the game is played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Given the game’s locale, Florida should also have a heavy crowd advantage. Although the matchup with Virginia isn’t exactly a sexy one, Florida’s appearance is evidence of marked improvement within the program. Coach Dan Mullen took a team that was 4-7 the year before and improved them to a ten-win Peach Bowl champion in year one and has the opportunity to increase that win total by winning a second NY6 game during his tenure.
With the game being played on December 30, the early signing period will take place between now and then. Be sure to follow Chomp Talk for all of the latest news on the recruiting trail and bowl preparations.