Michigan to face Florida in Peach Bowl

ATLANTA, Ga. — The seventh-ranked University of Michigan football team will be heading to Atlanta, Georgia, during the holiday season to square off against the 10th-ranked University of Florida in the 2018 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Game on Saturday, Dec. 29.

The game pitting the Wolverines (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) against the Gators (9-3, 5-3 SEC) will kick off at noon from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The bowl game match-up will be televised nationally by ESPN.

The Wolverines will be making their first appearance in the Peach Bowl. The Big Ten Conference has played in the Peach Bowl on seven previous occasions, compiling a 2-5 record, with all five setbacks coming by seven points or less.

It will be the first time that a Big Ten team will play in the Peach Bowl since 1990, when Indiana suffered a 27-24 loss to Auburn. The only conference schools with appearances in the Peach Bowl are Illinois (1985), Indiana (1987, 1990), Iowa (1982, 1988) and Purdue (1978, 1984).

“We are honored to represent the Big Ten Conference in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl,” said Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. “Florida is a great football team, and we look forward to the opportunity to compete against them. We are excited to have our student-athletes and fans experience the Peach Bowl during the holiday season.”

The Florida Gators, led by first-year head coach Dan Mullen, finished tied for second in the SEC Eastern Division. The Gators finished No. 10 in the College Football Playoff ranking.

Florida’s only setbacks on the year came against Kentucky, Georgia and Missouri. UF is led by RB Lamical Perine, RB Jordan Scarlett, QB Feleipe Franks, WR Van Jefferson and WR Freddie Swain on offense and LB Vosean Joseph, LB David Reese, DL Jachai Polite and DL Jabari Zuniga on defense. The Wolverines have a 4-0 record against the Gators, winning three bowl games and one regular-season match-up.

U-M heads into the Peach Bowl looking to capture at least 11 wins for the 10th time in the 139-year history of the program. After dropping the season opener at Notre Dame, Michigan won 10 straight games before falling in “The Game” to Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.

The 10-2 Wolverines boast one of the nation’s most balanced offenses, averaging 214.3 rushing yards per game and 212.9 passing yards per game, and the nation’s No. 1-ranked defensive unit.

Cassopolis

Village of Cassopolis approves resolution to co-sign EDA Grant for MEC

Business

Cassopolis manufacturer donates to ACTION Ministries

Cass County

Woodlands receives grant to provide support to inmates facing addiction

Education

Niles fine arts teacher awarded grant

Dowagiac

Dowagiac nonprofit donates Thanksgiving baskets to families in need

Giving

Drive-up Thanksgiving event serves 300

Cass County

Police investigating suspicious death of 29-year-old found in vehicle

Berrien County

Berrien County Farm Bureau donates turkeys to families in need

Berrien County

LMC continues remote delivery options for spring semester

Berrien County

23 animals adopted during Honor Credit Union’s Adoption Days at Berrien County Animal Control

Berrien County

Holidays, COVID-19 pose mental health stresses, experts say

News

Hometown Christmas at Amtrak Deport canceled

Berrien County

Niles MSP Post welcomes new commander

DEVELOPING NEWS

Niles native shot during altercation with New Mexico police

Dowagiac

Pokagon Band, Four Winds Casinos donate food to families in need

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien, Van Buren counties report additional COVID-19 deaths

News

City finalizing plans on outdoor dining district

Cass County

Cass County Chief Judge receives lifetime achievement award from the Michigan Supreme Court

Business

Dowagiac restaurants rely on alternative service options to make ends meet

Cassopolis

Cass County Medical Care Facility staff boost spirits amid COVID-19

Business

Small business Saturday on for Niles

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Department receives sanitizer gift from Pink Zebra

Dowagiac

Dowagiac resident donates $1,036 to St. Paul’s Feed The Hungry program

Giving

Niles nonprofit aims to provide 100 Thanksgiving Day meals