It was announced on Sunday that Michigan will be playing the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl. Not only did Michigan bounce back to bowl eligibility in 2010, but they’re playing in a New Year’s Day game, perhaps the best day of college football. The game will be in Jacksonville, Florida, on January 1, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Mississippi State ended the season ranked #21 with an 8-4 record. Their signature win was a 10-7 victory over Florida, but the Bulldogs also lost close games to Arkansas and Auburn, two good teams.
More statistics and analysis will be provided as the month goes on, but with guys recovering from injury and various other dramatic events that might unfold in the next few weeks, an in-depth preview at this point might be premature and outdated by the New Year.