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Michigan vs. Florida

Fanpicks.com is proud to bring you the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl game preview featuring Michigan against Florida. Talk about excitement, these two teams will certainly play their hearts out in a very close game which will be won by Michigan 21-20 over Florida. Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com.

Florida coach Jim McElwain and Michigan counterpart Jim Harbaugh resurrected dormant programs in their first year on the sidelines and look to cap off encouraging campaigns with a victory when the Gators and Wolverines meet in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 1. McElwain led Florida to the SEC Eastern Division title before losing 29-15 to College Football Playoff participant Alabama in the SEC championship game, while Harbaugh had Michigan in contention for the Big Ten East Division crown heading into the final week of the regular season. Defense has been the catalyst for the dramatic turnaround for both teams as the Gators rank eighth nationally in scoring defense (16.4 points per game) while the Wolverines are fourth in total defense (281.3 yards).

Florida’s offense has sputtered without suspended quarterback Will Grier as the Gators were held to 17 points in their last two games, and couldn’t manage an offensive score in the 27-2 setback to Florida State on Nov. 28. Michigan’s Jake Rudock suffered a shoulder injury in the 42-13 loss to Ohio State, and it was initially feared that he would miss the bowl game, but the senior quarterback will make his final collegiate start on New Year’s Day. Rudock struggled with the command of a new offense after transferring from Iowa before ending the season on a tear by throwing for 1,296 yards and 11 touchdowns in his last four games.

The Wolverines and Gators have meet twice previously in the postseason with Michigan emerging 38-30 victors in the 2003 Outback Bowl before downing Florida 41-35 in Lloyd Carr’s final game as coach in the 2008 Capital One Bowl. The Gators last met a Big Ten team in 2012 when they beat Ohio State in the Gator Bowl and McElwain, who is one of six finalists for the Dodd Trophy – awarded to the top coach in the country – is keen to lead Florida to its third straight win over a Big Ten opponent. “We’re here to win a ballgame,” McElwain told reporters. “We aren’t here just to go on rides.”

MICHIGAN Season Overview (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten): Jake Butt and Jourdan Lewis announced they will return for the senior seasons after the junior tight end caught 48 passes for 620 yards and three touchdowns, while the junior cornerback was ranked third nationally with 19 pass breakups. Safety Jabrill Peppers (two rushing touchdowns, eight receptions), who won the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award after making an impact as a three-way player, could miss the bowl game after suffering a suspected hand injury. “He’s working through something,” Harbaugh told reporters. “We’ll see.”

FLORIDA Season Overview (10-3, 7-1 SEC): Starting quarterback Treon Harris has struggled to move the ball through the air and has failed to throw for 200 yards in each of his last three games. Vernon Hargreaves III, who is the Gators’ first unanimous All-America pick since 2009, will likely play his last game as the junior cornerback is considered a surefire first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Defensive end Alex McCalister has been sidelined with a foot injury since Nov. 15 and will likely miss the game while wide receiver Brandon Powell is questionable because of a foot problem.

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Mississippi Rebels versus Florida Gators College Football Daily Fantasy League Picks 10-3-2015

The Florida Gators will be at home in SEC conference competition to meet the Mississippi Rebels. College football draft managers can tune to ESPN TV at 7PM Eastern Time from Florida on October 3rd to track the results of their fantasy rosters.

Ole Miss is undefeated at 4-0 with SEC conference wins at Alabama and last week they went into Vanderbilt and came away with a 27-16 victory. The Rebels had trouble separating from the Commodores as the game was tied at 13-13 midway through the third period. Mississippi struggled offensively in the win with 3.6 yards per carry from their run game and 3 of 13 conversions on third down. They also lost the turnover margin by -2. Prior to this Vanderbilt game the Rebels have piled up the points with 73 on Fresno St in week two and 43 points on the Alabama defense in week three. Defensively Ole Miss is 34th ranked in points allowed at 19.2 per game.

Florida is also 4-0 as they enter play on Saturday. They are 2-0 in the SEC with a 14-9 road win at Kentucky and last week they pull out a wild 28-27 home victory to Tennessee. Down 27-14 late in the fourth quarter the Gators scored two late touchdowns including a 63 yard TD reception with a minute and a half left for the game winner. Like most recent seasons the Gators are defending very well. They limit opponents to 298 yards gained per game which ranks 22nd best in total defense in college football. Opponents score just 18 points a game on the Gators defense ranking 30th best in the nation.

Mississippi Rebels QB:

Chad Kelly

The junior QB is completing 61.7% of his throws for 1219 yards with ten touchdowns and three picks. Last week Kelly did throw for 321 yards but he completed 57% of his throws and threw two picks.

Mississippi Rebels RB:

Jaylen Walton

The Rebels running back had 42 carries on the year with 269 yards with three touchdowns. Walton had his best game of the year last week at home to Vanderbilt with 21 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 6.3 yards a carry in that game.

Jordan Wilkins

Wilkins is averaging almost seven carries a game and is rushing for 5.4 yards a carry with a touchdown.

Mississippi Rebels WR:

Laquon Treadwell

The junior wide out has caught 22 balls with 332 yards and a touchdown. He had his best game of the season last week against the Commodores with eight receptions for 139 yards for nearly 17 yards per reception.

Florida Gators QB:

Will Grier

Grier has passed for 62.6% accuracy for 725 yards with six touchdowns and three picks. In the home victory against Tennessee last week the freshman quarterback threw for 283 yards completing nearly 55% of his throws with two touchdowns and a pick.

Florida Gators RB:

Kelvin Taylor

The junior running back leads the Gators in carries with 59 with 256 yards and five touchdowns. He has seen significant action in all three years at the school. He ran for 102 yards and nearly 5.4 yards a carry last week against Tennessee with two touchdowns.

Florida Gators WR:

Antonio Callaway

Callaway has made big plays in the passing game during his freshman season as he is averaging 19.1 yards per catch. He has nine grabs for 172 yards and a touchdown. Last week against Tennessee Callaway caught five balls for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Brandon Powell

Powell is a sophomore and has caught 12 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He had five catches against Tennessee for 64 yards and a touchdown.

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