The big game between Florida State and Auburn may be looming large, but college football never stops looking forward.
As bowl season quickly approaches, details have emerged regarding the first game of the 2017 college football season. According to ESPN.com, the Florida Gators and Michigan Wolverines will kick the season off in the Cowboy Classic, which is held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The game will be played on September, 2nd 2017, and it will mark the first time the Gators and Wolverines will meet on the football field since Michigan beat Florida in the 2008 Capital One Bowl. The one and only Lloyd Carr was Michigan’s coach at that point, but he was in his last game with the program. His successor, Rich Rodriguez, watched from the sideline.
Florida’s coach? You guessed it: Urban Meyer. Florida’s quarterback? None other than Tim Tebow.
One can only imagine the highlight packages that will be brought back up for this contest, even in 2017.
For his part, current Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is seemingly focused on the right thing, per ESPN. This could end up being a big game for Michigan recruiting.
“We are excited to make a return trip to Dallas for the Cowboys Classic against Florida,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. “This is a great way to reach our fan base in the South and to continue to expand our recruiting efforts in the state of Texas. Our goal is to have as many Michigan fans at the game as possible.”
It is worth noting that the last time Michigan played in the Cowboy Classic though, the Wolverines were embarrassed by Alabama, 41-14, in 2012.