Who: Florida vs. Michigan

What: Citrus Bowl

When: Friday, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Citrus Bowl, Orlando


Spread: Michigan -4

Matchup to watch: Jehu Chesson vs. Vernon Hargreaves III

Arguably the most dynamic defensive back in the country will get the matchup against Michigan’s emerging go-to receiver. Chesson was so good down the stretch that he didn’t have a single game with 60 receiving yards before Halloween, and yet he still earned first-team All-B1G honors. It was obvious that he and Jake Rudock clicked at the end of the season, and it made him virtually unguardable.

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Don’t forget that he had 111 receiving yards and a score against Ohio State’s loaded defensive backfield, too. This is a chance for Chesson to boost his draft stock in a major way going against a player like Hargreaves. Most teams avoid throwing at him altogether. It’d be tough to imagine Rudock not looking for his main man early and often, no matter who’s on him.

Thing I’m excited to see: What Michigan’s defense does to Treon Harris

Michigan’s defense did not end the regular season the way it wanted to. Getting trounced by their rivals on their home field was not indicative of the way the unit played all year. The Wolverines will have a chance to take some anger out on a first-year starting quarterback, who has had some tough times since being thrust into the role following Will Grier’s suspension. Harris has struggled mightily against defenses that have speed off the edges, which Michigan has plenty of.

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You know the unit is fired up to be playing for Greg Mattison, who will serve as the team’s temporary defensive coordinator following D.J. Durkin’s departure to Maryland. I think this is a game in which Joe Bolden and Desmond Morgan pin their ears back and tee off on an inexperienced signal-caller. There should be no shortage of heat in Orlando on Friday.

Number to remember: 16

That’s how many yards per punt return Antonio Callaway averages. The freshman is one of the most electrifying special teams players in the country. Already. With how much the Gator offense sputtered without Grier, Callaway was their best home run threat. He took a punt to the house against Alabama in the SEC Championship, and he’s plenty capable of doing the same to Michigan. The Wolverines have to be mindful of that every time they line up to punt. Whether that’s avoiding him altogether or putting a little more hangtime under punts, Blake O’Neill can’t afford to give Callaway a head of steam. Staying out of situations in which O’Neill is punting from his own end zone would obviously be wise, as well. In a game that could see both defenses play lights out, Callaway is certainly the X-factor.

Prediction: Michigan 24, Florida 7

No, I don’t think this has the same feel as when these teams met in the 2008 Capital One Bowl. It’s the same teams and the same venue, but it shouldn’t be a 41-35 shootout. Even if Jabrill Peppers doesn’t play, I think the Wolverines still come out firing. Getting to 10 wins in Jim Harbaugh’s first season would mean a lot for this team, and beating one of the SEC’s traditional powers would only make it sweeter. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Florida contain Michigan’s ground attack, but I think Rudock makes big plays down the stretch to lock up a win in his home state. Harbaugh said that a Citrus Bowl victory would cap off his favorite season in football. It might be 2016, but it would be a fitting way to close the year of Harbaugh.