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Virginia to Face Florida in Capital One Orange Bowl

The Virginia football team has accepted an invitation to play Florida from the Southeastern Conference in the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.

The game is scheduled to kick off on Monday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

The game will mark Virginia’s first appearance in the Orange Bowl. The Cavaliers are 9-4 overall and the ACC Coastal Division champion.

The Orange Bowl will mark UVA’s 21st bowl appearance and third consecutive under fourth-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Florida is 10-2 and finished second in the SEC’s East Division. The Gators routed Michigan, 41-15, in last year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

This will be Florida’s fourth Orange Bowl appearance, and it boasts a 3-0 record in its previous outings. The Gators upset No. 8 Georgia Tech, 27-12, in 1967, routed No. 15 Syracuse, 31-10, in 1999, and dominated No. 10 Maryland, 56-23, in 2002.

Florida also won the 2009 BCS National Championship Game at the Orange Bowl site (Dolphin Stadium, now renamed Hard Rock Stadium), as it defeated No. 1 Oklahoma, 24-14, to win its second national title in a three-year span.

The Gators (10-2, 6-2 SEC) will face Virginia (9-4, 6-2 ACC) for the second time in school history. The only other meeting between the two was on Oct. 3, 1959, and the No. 19 Gators came away with a 55-10 victory in Gainesville.

Florida is making its 45th all-time bowl appearance, and it is 23-21 in its previous bowl games. This will be the 19th time the Gators play in a New Year’s Six bowl.

The Orange Bowl will mark the fourth bowl game Virginia will play at Hard Rock Stadium. The Cavaliers also played in two Carquest Bowls (1994, 1996) and one MicronPC Bowl (1999) at the venue.

“We are excited to welcome the University of Virginia to the 86th Capital One Orange Bowl and a great matchup with Florida,” said Orange Bowl president and chair José Romano. “Congratulation to Coach Mendenhall and the entire Virginia football on an outstanding season. Virginia is one of four ACC teams to have never played in our game, and we are looking forward to providing them with the world-class bowl experience that the Capital One Orange Bowl is known for.”

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