The 2008 Capital One Bowl
was held on January 1, 2008 at the Citrus Bowl
. The game featured the University of Michigan Wolverines
—who finished the 2007 season tied for second in the Big Ten Conference
with an overall record of 8–4 (6–2 in the Big Ten)—and the #12 University of Florida Gators
—who finished the 2007 season third in the Southeastern Conference
's East Division with an overall record of 9–3 (5–3 in the SEC).
This game was significant for several different reasons. It was the last game for the Michigan Wolverines' coach, Lloyd Carr
, who had announced his retirement on November 19, 2007. During the game, Carr used a passing spread offense to attack on the first drive against Florida's defense. The game was also the last game for the Michigan senior class, who had lost each of their previous three bowl games. It was also an opportunity for Heisman Trophy
winner Tim Tebow
and the Florida Gators to play in front of a crowd of mostly Gator fans, as Orlando and Gainesville are separated by less than a two-hour drive.
Coming into this game, Florida was highly-favored to win. As Michigan had lost early in the season to Appalachian State
, teams who both employed a spread offense similar to Florida's, many predicted that Michigan would suffer a similar fate against Florida'. However, the Wolverines were able to generate 524 yards of offense in defeating the... Read More