After finishing their regular season with a 9–3 record, the Wolverines were selected to their fifth Citrus Bowl appearance. This was their 44th bowl game appearance, tied for 11th-highest total all-time among FBS schools. Michigan won the previous meeting against the Florida Gators in the 2008 Capital One Bowl, by a score of 41–35.
After finishing their regular season with a 10–3 record, the Gators were selected to their sixth Citrus Bowl appearance, tying them with Georgia for the most Citrus Bowl appearances. This was their 42nd bowl game appearance.