Michigan and Florida to start season against each other in 2017 Cowboys Classic

Dr. Saturday

Start getting excited for Michigan's game against Florida in more than three years.

The schools announced Wednesday that they would play each other in the 2017 Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium on September 2.

Michigan played in the game in 2012 against Alabama. The Wolverines lost 41-14. It's the first Cowboys Classic appearance for Florida.

Per MLive.com, the payout for Michigan has not been announced while Florida Today is reporting that the Gators will receive $6 million for playing in the game. That's quite the nice haul. The Wolverines received $4.7 million in 2012.

The series started in 2009 when BYU played Oklahoma. The Cougars won that game 14-10 and you may remember that game for then-Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's shoulder injury. In the 2013 game, LSU beat TCU 37-27.

Matchups for the 2014 and 2015 games have also already been set. Florida State plays Oklahoma State next year -- just nine months after the Cowboys play at AT&T Stadium in the Cotton Bowl, and in 2015, Alabama faces Wisconsin.

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