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Florida to get $6M for 2017 opener vs. Michigan in Texas

6:30 AM, Dec 20, 2013   |    comments
Florida will play Michigan at AT&T Stadium in Texas to open the 2017 season. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)
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According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Florida will get $6 million to play Michigan in the 2017 Cowboys Classic on Sept. 2.

It's the Gators' first non-conference. regular-season football game outside of Florida since a 38-21 loss at Syracuse in 1991.

Time and network details have yet to be finalized for the Sept. 2 game which was announced Thursday.

"We are excited to make a return trip to Dallas for the Cowboys Classic against Florida," Wolverines coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. "This is a great way to reach our fan base in the south and to continue to expand our recruiting efforts in the state of Texas. Our goal is to have as many Michigan fans at the game as possible.

"Florida has been one of college football's best programs over the past 20 years, and we are excited to face the Gators in a regular season football game for the first time ever."

Florida and Michigan have never met in the regular season, but they have met twice in bowl games. The Wolverines beat the Gators 38-30 in the 2003 Outback Bowl and 41-35 in the 2008 Capital One Bowl.

The Gators will be the home team and Big 12 officials will be used.

"You don't get these opportunities very often,'' Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said. "Our schedule has been pretty consistent through the years. We were presented this opportunity and just thought it was something that our fans would embrace, our program would embrace.

"It would give us great national visibility. Obviously, a very difficult ballgame against a storied program - that excites us.

Each school gets 25,000 tickets for the game at AT&T Stadium, which was built at a cost of $1.2 billion stadium and opened in 2009. Contract details have not been made available yet.

David Jones, USA TODAY Sports

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