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December 30, 2019
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GAME DAY: No. 9 FLORIDA v No. 24 VIRGINIA

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Game: 8:00 p.m. Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens) 
TV: ESPN (ESPN.com)
Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network (Local Affiliates) Sirius Channel: 99 / 190 [XM]
Live Coveage: Florida-Virginia game thread
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Game Notes (Courtesy Florida Sports Information)


The Storylines

•The Gators are making their second consecutive New Year’s Six bowl appearance, and will play in back-to-back marquee bowl games for the first time since 2008 (BCS National Championship Game) and 2009 (Sugar Bowl). Before last season’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl berth, UF made just one marquee bowl game from 2010-17 (2013 Sugar Bowl).

• UF can end consecutive seasons with bowl wins for the first time since a four-year streak from 2008-11.

• Florida has already secured its second straight 10-win season, marking the first time since 2008 and 2009 (both 13-win seasons) the Gators posted consecutive 10-win campaigns.

• UF is one of seven Power Five Conference teams (eight counting Notre Dame) to win 10 games each of the past two seasons. The other six currently in the group with the Gators are: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. Michigan is the only other team who can join that group during bowl season.

• The Gators can finish with 11 wins for the first time since 2012, and for the eighth time in program history (2006, 2008, 2009 - 13; 1995, 1996 - 12; 1993, 2012 - 11).

• Dan Mullen is the first head coach in Gators history to win 10 games in each of his first two seasons.

• Mullen is 6-2 in bowl games as a head coach, with his six wins being by an average of 21.8 points.

• The Gators have been a top-10 team in 15 of the last 17 Associated Press Top 25 Polls (though their nine-poll streak -- their longest stretch since a run of 12 consecutive top-10 rankings from Week 5 of 2012 (Sept. 30) through the 2013 preseason rankings -- ended Nov. 10). From 2013-17, UF was in the top 10 just five times.

• Florida has a chance to finish in the top 10 of the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2008 (No. 1) and 2009 (No. 3). UF ended last season ranked No. 7 in the final AP Top 25 Poll.

• Florida is 4-3 against ranked opponents under Dan Mullen, which includes a 3-3 record against Associated Press top10 teams. From 2010-17, UF went 5-11 against top-10 teams and 9-26 against all ranked opponents.

• Since the start of last season, only UF, Alabama, and Georgia (three apiece), Ohio State (six), LSU (nine) have at least three wins over teams in the top 10 of the AP Poll at the time of kickoff.

• Last year, UF beat three ranked opponents (as well as multiple top-10 opponents) for the first time since 2012.

• Florida is 2-3 against ranked opponents on the road or at neutral sites since Mullen took over as head coach. From 2010-17, the Gators were a dismal 5-21 against ranked opponents in road or neutral-site games.

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