How Do You Feel About Michigan Facing Alabama In The Citrus Bowl?

Brandon Brown

By now, Michigan fans are well aware that their beloved Wolverines will be taking on Alabama in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. 

There are a couple of ways to look at this. On one hand, Michigan has a chance to make a statement by beating the program that has set the gold standard in college football over the last decade. On the other hand, Bama is Bama. There's a chance that the game could get out of hand and the Tide are favored by seven points.

So how do you feel about this one? Michael Spath posted that very question on Twitter and more than 1,400 U-M fans weighed in...

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That's obviously a pretty big majority in favor of playing a team like Alabama versus maybe a Kentucky or a Tennessee. The Wolverines would certainly be favored against the Wildcats or Volunteers but find themselves as underdogs against the Tide.

I find myself pretty torn here. I like the idea of seeing Alabama and Michigan on the same field. It's one of the better bowl matchups of the entire postseason but it's also very likely that Michigan loses the game. Even if several Alabama players sit out, they'll still have more talent than the Wolverines. Right now, I'd pick Alabama to win regardless of who sits and who doesn't. I don't know if there's anything or anyone that will change my mind.

So what does that all mean for the actual team?

Can Michigan change the narrative about its program with a win over any type of Alabama team? A team without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and potentially several other future NFL players. Can Michigan even beat an Alabama team missing several key contributors? How does Alabama prepare for a postseason that doesn't include the College Football Playoff?

There are a lot of questions to ponder ahead of this matchup, so that's what we'll do for a few weeks. Decisions will be made by players on both teams and coaches could be up for new jobs and then on the first of the new year, the teams will figure it out on the field. 

Are you happy about the matchup? What do you think will happen? Comment below!!!

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Danny Bitton
Danny Bitton

I'll give the "we dont know how many will sit out" crowd a heads up about the rumblings in Tuscaloosa. All draft eligible players held a players only meeting. Reports are saying Tua, Smitty (DeVonta Smith), Henry Ruggs III are returning next year and it's likely for Saftey Xiavier Dixson. What this means is that Michigan is likely to face a hungry Alabama team that's pissed about losing on a penalty.

This isnt the Alabama that faced Oklahoma or Utah in Sugar Bowls. Michigan will get a team ready to play.

What that means, is beyond me; but dont hang your hats on the idea Bama players dont care.

martyluvsmich
martyluvsmich

This is a total mismatch. Alabama was a whisker away from beating LSU the number one team in the country. Alabama's receiving core is top notch and their runny backs are much better than Michigan's. It has been painful to watch our defense against big strong O lines with Big strong backs. While I don't think Michigan will get shutout, I do think it will be another discouraging loss at the hands of probably the fourth or fifth best team in the country. I say Alabama 55 Michigan 23. I was hoping to get the Gator bowl against Tennessee and have a realistic chance for a win, although not a gimme for a good but not great Michigan team.

Mdwalt
Mdwalt

Brandon, We are going to lose and more than likely get blownut by a team that could careless of being in this bowl. This will be another embarrassment for Coach Harbaugh.

SirMalachi
SirMalachi

M loses BIG 49-0

BlueDemon
BlueDemon

I think we should’ve hired Kiffin.


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