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Michigan Football vs. Florida Game Preview: How to watch, stream, more

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The Wolverines look to continue their recent dominance of the Gators at JerryWorld on Saturday.

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Michigan Football’s 2017 season is finally upon us.

The No. 11-ranked Wolverines open their year against an opponent tougher than many fans are accustomed to seeing when they travel to Dallas to take on the No. 17 Florida Gators.

Things did not go so well the last time the Wolverines traveled to AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, to take on an SEC opponent. Alabama blasted Michigan 41-14 back in 2012, but times are different now and the Wolverines enter this game as a five-point favorite.

There has been a well-publicized back-and-forth between Michigan and Florida over rosters, starting quarterbacks and such, but Jim Harbaugh and Jim McElwain finally get a chance for their talented teams to find out what they are made of in a venue and showcase that matters.

Both teams have question marks, but Florida’s ten suspended players is the biggest storyline of this game. That includes a few key players on offense in running back Jordan Scarlett and wide receiver Antonio Callaway.

Michigan brings a young team into this showdown after losing the meat and potatoes of its production on both sides of the football to the NFL Draft. But with those question marks comes opportunities for its unproven talent to show that this will not be a rebuilding season in Ann Arbor.

What Michigan does still have is a talented defensive line, headlined by All-American candidates Rashan Gary and Maurice Hurst. Don Brown’s defense will be going against a freshman in Felipe Franks at quarterback for the Gators, so that will be a matchup that should be interesting to watch (and likely frightening for Florida fans).

Here is the broadcast information, fun facts, and television schedule for your Labor Day weekend college football extravaganza:

Game Info

Teams: No. 11 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 17 Florida Gators

Date: September 2, 2017

Location: AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas (100,000

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET

Television: ABC/WatchESPN

Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network (for a list of affiliates, click here)

Spread: Michigan -5, O/U 43

Fun Facts

  • Michigan leads the all-time series vs. Florida by a margin of 3-0, last meeting in 2016 (41-7 victory in Citrus Bowl)
  • Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be on the call for the television broadcast
  • This is the second time Michigan has played at AT&T Stadium (2012 loss vs. Alabama)
  • Offensive lineman Mason Cole and linebacker Mike McCray will serve as the team’s captains this season
  • Michigan is 24-8-1 all-time vs. the SEC
  • The Wolverines hold a 112-22-3 record in season openers in their history
  • Jim Harbaugh is 10-3 all-time in season openers (1-1 with Michigan)

Here is the television schedule for the first week of the season outside of Michigan’s game:

Friday, Sept. 1, 2017

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Fordham at Army 6:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Charlotte at Eastern Michigan 6:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Central Connecticut at Syracuse 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
#8 Washington at Rutgers 8:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Navy at Florida Atlantic 8:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Colorado State vs. Colorado (Denver, CO) 8:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Utah State at #9 Wisconsin 9:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Boston College at Northern Illinois 9:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Kent State at #5 Clemson Noon ESPN WatchESPN.com
Akron at #6 Penn State Noon ABC WatchESPN.com
Maryland at #23 Texas Noon FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Ball State at Illinois Noon BTN BTN2Go.com
Wyoming at Iowa Noon BTN BTN2Go.com
Bowling Green at Michigan State Noon ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Missouri State at Missouri Noon SEC Network WatchESPN.com
California at North Carolina 12:20 PM None WatchESPN.com
Bethune-Cookman at #18 Miami 12:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Youngstown State at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Portland State at Oregon State 2:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
VMI at Air Force 2:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
NC State vs. South Carolina (Charlotte, NC) 3:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
UTEP at #7 Oklahoma 3:30 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
#11 Michigan vs. #17 Florida (Arlington, TX) 3:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Temple at Notre Dame 3:30 PM NBC NBCSports.com
Nevada at Northwestern 3:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
William & Mary at Virginia 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Alabama A&M at UAB 3:30 PM None None
Troy at Boise State 3:45 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Stony Brook at #19 South Florida 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Eastern Washington at Texas Tech 4:00 PM None None
Kentucky at Southern Mississippi 4:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Charleston Southern at Mississippi State 4:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Western Michigan at #4 USC 5:15 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
North Carolina Central at Duke 6:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
James Madison at East Carolina 6:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Albany at Old Dominion 6:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Appalachian State at #15 Georgia 6:15 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Miami (OH) at Marshall 6:30 PM None None
Lamar at North Texas 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Eastern Kentucky at Western Kentucky 7:00 PM None None
Northwestern State at Louisiana Tech 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Stephen F. Austin at SMU 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
UMass at Coastal Carolina 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Liberty at Baylor 7:00 PM FS2 FoxSportsGo.com
Southeast Missouri State at Kansas 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Hampton at Ohio 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Houston Baptist at Texas State 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Central Arkansas at #20 Kansas State 7:10 PM None WatchESPN.com
Georgia Southern at #12 Auburn 7:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
#16 Louisville vs. Purdue (Indianapolis, IN) 7:30 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
South Alabama at Ole Miss 7:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Cal Poly at San José State 7:30 PM None None
#3 Florida State vs. #1 Alabama (Atlanta, GA) 8:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Abilene Christian at New Mexico 8:00 PM None None
Arkansas State at Nebraska 8:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Jackson State at TCU 8:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Northern Iowa at Iowa State 8:00 PM None None
Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee 8:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Grambling at Tulane 8:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Southern Utah at Oregon 8:15 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
UC Davis at San Diego State 8:30 PM None None
Howard at UNLV 9:00 PM None None
BYU vs. #13 LSU (New Orleans, LA) 9:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Incarnate Word at Fresno State 10:00 PM None None
Montana State at #24 Washington State 10:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Northern Arizona at Arizona 11:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Western Carolina at Hawai'i 11:59 PM None None

Sunday/Monday Games

Matchup Date Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Date Time (ET) TV Streaming
#22 West Virginia vs #21 Virginia Tech Sun, Sept. 3 7:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Texas A&M at UCLA Sun, Sept. 3 7:30 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
#25 Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA) Mon, Sept. 4 8:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com