Michigan plays Alabama in the Citrus Bowl starting at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 1. The game will be televised on ABC.

It may not be a College Football Playoff game, but two major college football programs are destined to meet in the postseason. There’s quite a bit of hype behind the game. Big Ten vs. SEC? That always gets people talking.

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Earlier this week, Michigan senior left tackle Jon Runyan Jr. talked about the potential of playing Alabama at this time of year and how he thought it would be for a national championship:

“If you were to tell me we would be playing Alabama in a bowl game at the beginning of the year, I thought we would be in the national championship,” he told reporters inside Schembechler Hall on Monday. “That is not the case this year, but it is another good program, great team. The stuff they have accomplished this past decade speaks for itself.

“We are not afraid. They are just another team. We are just excited going into this matchup.”

It makes sense that Michigan shouldn’t be afraid of Alabama. Why should it? The game itself doesn’t have CFP implications tied to it, and, it’s just the Crimson Tide.

There is nothing to fear.

Especially if you’re a senior, like Runyan, you’re looking forward to your final game in maize and blue. You’re not scared of it.