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Gators will ring in new year (Sentinel & Miami Herald)

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    Gators will ring in new year

    Florida will take on Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30
    By Edgar Thompson Sentinel
    GAINESVILLE — UF’s bid to the Orange Bowl to face Virginia will be a trip home for many players and essentially a home game for a large contingent of Gator fans based in South Florida.

    Short of making the College Football Playoff, coach Dan Mullen cannot imagine a better place for the Gators to close their season than in the state of Florida. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. Dec. 30 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
    “It’s great for us,” he said. “It’s accessible to Gator fans and the Gator Nation, to be able to come down. I expect us to have a great crowd there and a great showing of Gator fans come support their team. I think that makes it a unique experience for us to play, and not only play in a great game, but get to play close to home and play in our state.

    “We are the University of Florida. To be able to play at home, in the state of Florida is special for our players and for all of our fans everywhere.”
    The No. 9 Gators (10-2) are headed to the Orange Bowl for the first time since the 2001 season, Steve Spurrier’s final season as head coach.
    A trip to a New Year’s Six bowl quickly has become the expectation in two seasons under Mullen, who coached UF to a 41-15 against Michigan last December at the Peach Bowl.

    “Guys come to Florida to play in these big games, on this big stage,” Mullen said. “I know they’re excited to do that.”
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    The Florida Gators are finally returning to the Orange Bowl, where they’ll face Virginia
    By David Wilson Miami Herald
    After nearly two decades, the Florida Gators are finally returning to the Orange Bowl.
    No. 9 Florida is coming to Hard Rock Stadium on Dec. 30 to play the Virginia Cavaliers in the New Year’s Six bowl game at 8 p.m. It’s the first time the Gators are coming down to South Florida to play in the Orange Bowl since 2002, when they blew out the Maryland Terrapins in Miami Gardens.
    For No. 24 Virginia, it’s the first ever appearance in the bowl game. The Cavaliers earned their place in the game by virtue of being the top Atlantic Coast Conference team not headed to play in the College Football Playoff. Florida edges out the No. 13 Alabama Crimson Tide and Penn State Nittany Lions for a spot in the game by being the highest ranked Southeastern Conference or Big Ten Conference not going to the Playoff, Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl. The No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish are also eligible for the game, but finished ranked below multiple eligible SEC and Big Ten teams.
    The Gators surged into the game by finishing the regular season on a three-game winning streak. Florida dropped from No. 6 to No. 10 following a loss to the Georgia Bulldogs last month, then climbed back up to No. 9 with three straight wins, including a 40-17 rout of rival Florida State to close the regular season. With the No. 1 LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff (CFP) and No. 5 Georgia going to the Sugar Bowl, the Gators are the top-ranked SEC team available, edging out the Crimson Tide. They also beat out No. 10 Penn State, which will play in the Cotton Bowl. The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes will play in the CFP and the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers are going to the Rose Bowl after winning the West Division.

    “I think it’s great for us,” Florida coach Dan Mullen said. “The location is accessible to Gator fans and Gator nation to be able to come down. I expect to have a great crowd there, a great showing of Gator fans to come support their team.”
    Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/orange-bowl/article238168134.html#storylink=cpy
     
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    Mullen Eager for Gators to Finish Strong in Orange Bowl
    UAA Scott Carter / Senior Writer
    The Gators are headed to Miami to play in the Orange Bowl for only the fourth time in program history excluding UF's appearance when the bowl hosted the BCS National Championship Game in 2008.
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Since the Gators ended the regular season more than a week ago with their second consecutive victory over Florida State, they have played the waiting game. As in, waiting to hear their bowl destination.

    The answer finally arrived Sunday afternoon when it was announced the No. 9-ranked Gators (10-2) will face No. 24 Virginia (9-4) in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 in Miami. Based upon what transpired in Saturday's conference championship games -- specifically, LSU's dominant win over Georgia for the Southeastern Conference crown -- many Gators fans wondered if UF would leap the Bulldogs in the final College Football Playoff rankings and head to New Orleans to represent the SEC in the Sugar Bowl.

    That didn't happen, setting up only the second meeting in school history against the Cavaliers. The only other time the schools played was 60 years ago when the Gators rolled to a 55-10 win at Florida Field over the Cavaliers.
    Florida head coach Dan Mullen didn't seem nearly as disgruntled as fans at the Gators remaining ninth in the CFB Playoff rankings despite losses by four teams (Georgia, Utah, Baylor and Wisconsin) ranked ahead of them in last week's poll. He'll take a sunny trip to Miami to end the season.
    "Playing in a New Year's Six bowl game is special,'' Mullen said Sunday night on a conference call. "Having been in the Orange Bowl, the tradition, the history of the game makes it such a special opportunity for our program."
    Mullen Eager for Gators to Finish Strong in Orange Bowl - Florida Gators
     
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    Orange Bowl Announcement - University of Virginia Athletics - Official Athletics Website

    Football 12/8/2019 3:06:00 PM
    Virginia to Face Florida in Capital One Orange Bowl
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia football team has accepted an invitation to play Florida from the Southeastern Conference in the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. The game is scheduled to kick off on Monday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

    The game will mark Virginia's first appearance in the Orange Bowl. The Cavaliers are 9-4 overall and the ACC Coastal Division champion. The Orange Bowl will mark UVA's 21st bowl appearance and third consecutive under fourth-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall. Florida is 10-2 and finished second in the SEC's East Division.
    Virginia and Florida have only met one previous time when the Cavaliers visited then-No. 19 Florida one Oct. 3, 1959 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Gators were victorious, 55-10.
    The Orange Bowl will mark the fourth bowl game Virginia will play at Hard Rock Stadium. The Cavaliers also played in two Carquest Bowls (1994, 1996) and one MicronPC Bowl (1999) at the venue.
    "We are excited to welcome the University of Virginia to the 86th Capital One Orange Bowl and a great matchup with Florida," said Orange Bowl president and chair José Romano. "Congratulation to Coach Mendenhall and the entire Virginia football on an outstanding season. Virginia is one of four ACC teams to have never played in our game, and we are looking forward to providing them with the world-class bowl experience that the Capital One Orange Bowl is known for."
    Virginia to Face Florida in Capital One Orange Bowl - University of Virginia Athletics
     
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    You gotta love this quote from the first article:
    "Florida edges out the No. 13 Alabama Crimson Tide and Penn State Nittany Lions for a spot in the game by being the highest ranked Southeastern Conference or Big Ten Conference not going to the Playoff, Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl. The No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish are also eligible for the game, but finished ranked below multiple eligible SEC and Big Ten teams.
    The Gators surged into the game by finishing the regular season on a three-game winning streak. Florida dropped from No. 6 to No. 10 following a loss to the Georgia Bulldogs last month, then climbed back up to No. 9 with three straight wins, including a 40-17 rout of rival Florida State to close the regular season. With the No. 1 LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff (CFP) and No. 5 Georgia going to the Sugar Bowl, the Gators are the top-ranked SEC team available, edging out the Crimson Tide.
    Haaaaaaa! "The Gods Of Arrogancy" get edged out!
     
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