Urban Meyer is in his third season at Florida with a record of 31-7 (.816) and in his seventh season overall with a record of 69-15 (.821). The Gators' offensive coordinator is Dan Mullen and the defensive co-coordinators are Greg Mattison and Charlie Strong.
Lloyd Carr is in his 13th season at Michigan and overall with a record of 121-40 (.756). The Wolverines' offensive coordinator is Mike DeBord and the defensive coordinator is Ron English. This is Carr's final game as Michigan's head coach, before former West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez takes over.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN FLORIDA HAS THE BALL
This season, Tim Tebow became the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to run and pass for 20-or-more touchdowns in the same season (22 rush, 29 pass). Tebow also became the first sophomore in history to win the coveted Heisman Trophy. Andre Caldwell added four catches for 56 yards against Florida State to increase his school-record for career receptions to 181. This season, Percy Harvin has seen the ball 120 times (50 receptions and 70 carries) and is averaging 11.5 yards per touch. Cornelius Ingram had 33 receptions and 491 yards and averaged 14.9 yards per catch.
Shawn Crable leads the team with a career-best 84 tackles and a U-M season record 26.5 tackles for loss, the second-best TFL mark in the country this season. He also registered 7.5 sacks and forced four fumbles. Crable earned All-Big Ten second team honors this season and was a Butkus Award semifinalist.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN MICHIGAN HAS THE BALL
Brandon Spikes has amassed 118 total tackles (74 solo), 14.0 tackles for loss, a sack and half and seven passes defended on the season. He ranks second in the conference in total tackles. Spikes had 10 or more tackles in half of the Gators' games in 2007. Derrick Harvey, Florida's sacks leader in 2007, has 34 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and five pass deflections this season. He recorded eight sacks in his last 11 games.
Mike Hart, the nation's sixth-leading rusher, was named to the organization's second team for the second straight season. He carried the ball 233 times for 1,232 yards and 12 touchdowns this year, cracking the 100-yard barrier in eight of his nine games played. Jake Long has started all 12 games at left tackle and has allowed just one sack this season. He earned All-Big Ten first team honors and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year accolades for the second straight year. Mario Manningham led the team with career highs in receptions (67), receiving yards (1,096) and receiving touchdowns (11).
Chas Henry has punted the ball 34 times for an average of 39.3 yards. His season-long of 54 yards came in UF's last outing against Florida State. In that game, Henry punted twice and both pinned the Seminoles inside of the five-yard line. Henry has placed 14 inside the 20-yard line this season. Joey Ijjas is 67-of-68 on extra points on the year and is 10-of-13 on field goals.
K.C. Lopata has started the last seven games at placekicker, making nine of 10 field goal attempts. He is third on the team in scoring. Zoltan Mesko has punted 68 times for a 41.0 yard average, planting 22 inside the 20 yard line. He has not had a punt blocked all season.
Record: UM, 1-0 • Last: UM, 38-20 (2003 at Outback Bowl)
Urban Meyer enters the game looking for his fifth bowl victory in the last five years... No other coach in the nation has led his team to wins in bowls in each of the last four years...The last time Florida finished with 10 wins in back-to-back seasons was 2000-01...The game features two of the top-10 active coaches in the nation in terms of winning percentage (min. 5 years as a head coach)... Meyer is currently second (.824), while Lloyd Carr ranks sixth (.756).