Which bowl game is Florida projected to make ahead of the 2022 season?

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Florida football returns in 40 days and that means it’s time for the preseason bowl game predictions to start pouring in. College Football News projects the Gators to face off with the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl on January 2.

UF was projected to land in the Citrus Bowl plenty of times last year before the wheels ultimately fell off and Gator Nation was forced to lower its expectations. A 29-17 loss to the UCF Knights in the Gasparilla Bowl was the eventual outcome in 2021, but now the team is under new leadership and looking to bounce back.

While Dan Mullen did end up making a New Year’s Six bowl game in each of his first three seasons with Florida, he inherited a much better situation than he left Billy Napier. Although Napier was hired to get the Gators back into contention for a national championship, a Citrus Bowl appearance in the 2022-23 season would be an appropriate sign of progress from last year.

Speaking of national championships, CFN has a pair of SEC teams making the College Football Playoff. Alabama and Georgia are projected to clash in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve, and Ohio State and Clemson are in the Fiesta Bowl. A prospective national championship game between Alabama and Ohio State is what CFN opts to go with if forced to pick winners in the semifinal.

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