2020 Citrus Bowl
The 2020 Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2020, with kickoff at 1:00 p.m. EST on ABC. It was the 74th edition of the Citrus Bowl, and was one of the 2019–20 bowl games concluding the 2019 FBS football season. Sponsored by Vrbo, a vacation rental marketplace owned by the HomeAway division of Expedia, the game was officially known as the Vrbo Citrus Bowl.
|2020 Vrbo Citrus Bowl|
|74th Citrus Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 2020|
|Stadium||Camping World Stadium|
|MVP||Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama)|
|Favorite||Alabama by 7.5|
|Referee||Michael Mothershed (Pac-12)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Network||ABC and ESPN Radio|
|Announcers||ABC: Dave Pasch (play-by-play)|
Greg McElroy (analyst)
Tom Luginbill (sideline)
ESPN Radio: Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck, Molly McGrath
|Nielsen ratings||8.0 (14 million viewers)|
The game featured the Michigan Wolverines from the Big Ten Conference and the Alabama Crimson Tide from the Southeastern Conference (SEC). This was the fifth meeting between the two programs; entering the game, the series was tied, 2–2. Most recently they met in the 2012 Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas, won by Alabama, 41–14.
Michigan entered the game with a 9–3 record (6–3 in conference), ranked 17th in the AP Poll. They finished in third place in the Big Ten's East Division. The Wolverines were 2–3 against ranked opponents, defeating Iowa and Notre Dame while losing to Wisconsin, Penn State, and Ohio State. This was Michigan's sixth Citrus Bowl appearance; they were 4–1 in prior appearances. This was Michigan's 48th bowl game appearance, the 11th-highest total all-time among FBS schools.
Alabama Crimson TideEdit
Alabama entered the game with a 10–2 record (6–2 in conference), tied for ninth in the AP Poll. They finished in second place in the SEC's West Division. The Crimson Tide were 1–2 against ranked opponents, defeating Texas A&M while losing to LSU and Auburn. This was Alabama's third Citrus Bowl appearance; they were 2–0 in prior appearances.
|No. 14 Michigan||10||6||0||0||16|
|No. 13 Alabama||7||7||7||14||35|
|Time of possession||34:47||25:13|
|Michigan||Passing||Shea Patterson||17/37, 233 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT|
|Rushing||Zach Charbonnet||13 carries, 84 yards|
|Receiving||Giles Jackson||4 receptions, 57 yards|
|Alabama||Passing||Mac Jones||16/25, 327 yards, 3 TD|
|Rushing||Najee Harris||24 carries, 136 yards, 2 TD|
|Receiving||Jerry Jeudy||6 receptions, 204 yards, 1 TD|
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