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2011 Gator Bowl: Michigan To Wear Its Home Jerseys; Other Notes

  • Per Pete Bigelow, Michigan will wear its navy blue home jerseys in the 2011 Gator Bowl against Mississippi State.
  • In addition to coaching in the Gator Bowl three times at West Virginia, Rich Rodriguez also played in the game back in 1982. West Virginia lost to Florida State, 31-12.
  • The Gator Bowl is expected to be a sellout. Michigan only had a few hundred tickets left as of a couple days ago and Mississippi State actually requested additional tickets because their allotment sold out so quickly.
  • Speaking of tickets, seats to the Gator Bowl have the 13th-highest average price of the 35 bowl games.
  • Mississippi State is currently a five-point favorite over Michigan.
  • The announcers for the Gator Bowl will be Mike Patrick and Craig James. Interestingly, Patrick was the play-by-play announcer for the 2008 Capital One Bowl, which is the most recent bowl game Michigan has played in. (Todd Harris will be the sideline reporter for the Gator Bowl.)
  • Mississippi State fans are known for constantly ringing cowbells, and the noisemakers will be allowed at the Gator Bowl. As a result, somebody back at West Virginia called up one of Rodriguez's guys and offered to send Michigan the cowbells the Mountaineers used in practice back in 2006 to prepare for a game at Mississippi State. Rodriguez hopes to get them so he and his players can use them to prepare for the Gator Bowl.
  • Michigan will report to Jacksonville on Dec. 25.