The Michigan Wolverines now know their bowl fate, as they will be heading to to Vrbo Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Florida to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. This had been a rumored potential matchup throughout the week and it was reported on Sunday afternoon just a few hours after the College Football Playoff field was announced. Stadium’s Brett McMurphy had it first and it was confirmed by the bowl later in the afternoon.
Alabama-Michigan will play in Citrus Bowl, sources told @Stadium. Hopefully bowl contract requires both head coaches to ride tea cups together at Disney World— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 8, 2019
Michigan is coming off of a 9-3 regular season that had losses to Wisconsin, Penn State and Ohio State, while Alabama was 10-2 and lost to LSU and Auburn.
This will be the fifth time that the Wolverines and Crimson Tide have met on the field with the all-time series tied at 2-2. The last time they played was in 2012 in the season opener where Alabama beat Michigan 41-14 at Cowboys Stadium. Michigan’s last win over Alabama came in the Orange Bowl in 2000 in a 35-34 overtime victory.
The two others meetings took place in the 1997 Outback Bowl (17-14 Alabama) and the 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl (28-24).
The Vrbo Citrus Bowl kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 1 from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.