The season unlike any other will culminate in a first time bowl destination.
Florida, fresh off a hard fought but frustrating loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, has been selected to play in the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, TX. The Gators will face the Oklahoma Sooners, fresh off of their sixth consecutive Big 12 Championship, in a rematch of the 2009 BCS Championship Game. This will be the second ever meeting between the two powerhouses.
Florida has never been to the Cotton Bowl, although the Gators have been to Arlington’s AT&T Stadium before, and that trip was a nightmare. Jim McElwain’s 2017 team was gifted not one but two pick sixes in the first half, but did nothing else in a closer-than-the-score-indicated 33-17 loss to Michigan in the Advocare Kickoff Classic. On the other hand, wouldn’t it be nice for this Senior Class (or what’s left of it) to bring it all first circle and finish their careers with a win on the same field that they began their careers with an ugly loss?
Now the key becomes how many players (on both sides) opt out. Florida has already seen tight end Kyle Pitts do so, and it’s not exactly a stretch that others will soon join him.
Regardless, assuming it happens, this should be a fun matchup between two of the sport’s leviathans. And a great way to get a head start on next year.