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Florida, Michigan schedule 2017 game at AT&T Stadium

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Michigan will head back to Arlington to face an SEC team five years after being throttled by Alabama at AT&T Stadium.

The Wolverines will face Florida in the 2017 season-opening Cowboys Classic, both schools announced Thursday. It’ll be the Gators’ first non-conference regular season game played outside the state of Florida since 1991.

For Michigan, the game should provide a nice bump in strength of schedule, but from Florida’s perspective it’s a head-scratcher. Going into Texas certainly has recruiting benefits, but a good Florida team in 2017 conceivably could be dealt a difficult SEC schedule and go 7-5.

The money helps, at least.

As the Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson writes, with the SEC expected to go to a nine-game schedule and an annual game against Florida State, Florida’s 2017 schedule could be one of the most difficult ones in school history.

Of course, three full seasons still have to be played before Florida and Michigan meet. Plenty can change (ahem, coaches) between now and then.

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22 Responses to “Florida, Michigan schedule 2017 game at AT&T Stadium”
  1. jdbaker01 says: Dec 19, 2013 10:44 AM

    Hopefully Charlie Strong has it marked on his calendar to be in Texas for opener of 2017 season.

  2. sparty0n says: Dec 19, 2013 10:50 AM

    It will be interesting to see who the coaches are for these teams in 2017.

  3. phipfwe76 says: Dec 19, 2013 11:07 AM

    Good for both schools not scheduling fluff!

    Won’t this game mark the first time Florida has left the state for a non-conference game since 1991?

  4. phipfwe76 says: Dec 19, 2013 11:07 AM

    Edit: I seem to have missed where it mentioned it in the article. I fail.

  5. xtremesportsmaniac says: Dec 19, 2013 11:10 AM

    As a fan of college football these are the games I like to see. Congrats to UF and Michigan for stepping up.

  6. overratedgators says: Dec 19, 2013 11:26 AM

    Florida couldn’t beat Michigan in the Capital One Bowl with a Heisman-winning QB. I don’t expect a different result for this game.

  7. lastdukestreetking says: Dec 19, 2013 11:38 AM

    @overratedgators – Since none of the coaches and players from their bowl game a few years ago will be there in 2017, I’m not sure what the significance is of that result. Plus that MI team played really hard as it was Carr’s last game coaching them.

  8. noaxetogrind says: Dec 19, 2013 12:18 PM

    As a college football fan, kudos to both schools. I especially have to tip my hat to Florida, as the article points out, they will have Michigan, FSU and 9 SEC games that year.
    @ overratedgators, dude, help me and many others on here understand somebody who doesn’t positively promote his own team but is negatively obsessed with another team. Seriously man, life is too short, get some help.

  9. ronarch13 says: Dec 19, 2013 12:54 PM

    What? There must not be any division 2 schools for either of these teams to lose to that week!

  10. erockfox says: Dec 19, 2013 1:15 PM

    Still plenty of time for UF to pull the plug on this game.

    Haven’t left the state since ’91…I don’t see it happening in ’17.

  11. polegojim says: Dec 19, 2013 1:50 PM

    I like it.

    I’d like Michigan vs LSU even more… it will come

    JJ – the throttled by ‘Bama was completely expected by us all… the 2017 better be significantly different tho.

    @Ronarch13… go back to sleep under that rock now

  12. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 19, 2013 2:02 PM

    Kudos to the schools for scheduling a quality, loosable non conference game. Hopefully it will be a good matchup for the schools in 4 years.

    Time for tOSU to do the same.

  13. youcantmakemepickausername says: Dec 19, 2013 2:25 PM

    sportsguy3434 says:
    Dec 19, 2013 2:02 PM
    Kudos to the schools for scheduling a quality, loosable non conference game. Hopefully it will be a good matchup for the schools in 4 years.

    Time for tOSU to do the same.

    This gets tiresome but here we go again. I’m not even an Ohio State fan, but again, since 2005, they’ve had home and homes against Texas, Miami, and USC.

    Starting with 2014, their home and homes go VT in ’14 and ’15,Oklahoma in ’16 and ’17, TCU in ’18 and ’19, Oregon in ’20 and ’21, and Texas in ’22 and ’23.

    That seems fairly impressive. Now, all those programs could change from a quality standpoint, the different series might get cancelled or rescheduled, or the Earth might at some point be hit by a killer asteroid, but as of now, it’s not bad scheduling from a quality standpoint.

  14. dkhhuey says: Dec 19, 2013 2:44 PM

    @youcant – not to mention the games they scheduled but were cancelled over those years! But, most don’t let facts get in the way of their ramblings.

  15. ronarch13 says: Dec 19, 2013 3:08 PM

    Appalachian St!
    Sorry dude, truth hurts.

  16. iftheresahellbelow says: Dec 19, 2013 3:16 PM

    Agreed youcantmakemepickausername. Biggest problem is 2-4 in last 6 bowls(2 nc) 1-5 if you count tattoo gate. B1G championship cost them big this year, but benefitted my team. Michigan, stop scheduling sec teams for the first game. Stick with what works which is sec bowl games. Winning record despite last 2.

    Ronarch13–Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while. App St. loss while true, just an anomaly.

  17. polegojim says: Dec 19, 2013 5:23 PM

    @ronarch… If you’re still talking about App State… You never left the rock to crawl back under.

    You do know why clocks move forward right?

  18. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 19, 2013 8:02 PM

    Love the name btw.

    I was giving props to the teams for scheduling good games. Glad tOSU is doing some good scheduling. Sure they can’t control how good OU will be in ’17 but we can’t fault them for that. I think that EVERY school should do a quality non conference game. Michigan has seemed to do a better job as of late, but props to tOSU for doing some good scheduling.

  19. gogatorsjohn says: Dec 19, 2013 8:16 PM

    As a Gator fan, I am happy they have stepped up and are going to play somewhere outside the State in a non-conference capacity. I also love the jokes about ‘Charlie Strong remembering the date’ and ‘what Mich and UF couldn’t find a Divison 2 School to play and lose to that week’ lol. I must admit, that is funny. I am excited as a Gator and college football fan.

  20. ronm1963 says: Dec 20, 2013 4:03 AM

    Nice Mr Stankevitz, nice.

    Two major college football programs announce the scheduling of a future non-conference game –something you and many others who profess love for the college game have endorsed in recent years — and your response is to totally dis one (Michigan) and basically suggest to the other (Florida) that it might want to reconsider.

    Indeed, reading your post, Mr Stankevitz, I could imagine a conversation where you might say, “Gee Gator nation, are you really sure you want to start believing what pundits like me have been telling you these past few years?

    “Why, not only might the beefing up of your schedule be detrimental to you (Florida) advancing to a spot in the National Championship playoffs at the end of the 2017 season, but the next thing you know people may be writing and accusing you of being ‘head-scratchingly‘ dumb.”

    “Wouldn’t want that, now, would we?”

  21. ronarch13 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:20 AM

    Yeah clocks go forward to count the time till scUM will lose to OSU, AGAIN.

  22. scrappydawg1141 says: Jul 13, 2015 11:52 AM

    I applaud both schools for scheduling this game. Now with the playoff system in place you can lose that first game and still have a chance if you run the table. As an LSU guy I hated opening up the season against Oregon a few years ago but if you win it’s all worth it. By the kickoff of this game we’ll know if Florida is back and if UM is heading in the right direction.

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