Much of the 2018 season, Michigan had the No. 1 defense in the country. Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes blew that up in spectacular fashion in Week 13, hanging 62 points on the Wolverines, their arch-rival.
Naturally, some have wondered whether Florida coach Dan Mullen will reach out to Meyer to get some insight on facing UM, UF’s Peach Bowl opponent. Mullen was a Meyer assistant from 2001-08 at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. They were also both on the Notre Dame staff from 1999-2000.
While Mullen won’t turn down any advice, he thinks that OSU’s big scoring day was in part due to the bitterness of the rivalry, something the Gators cannot replicate.
Q. I’m just curious whether you might call your former boss up at Ohio State and ask for some tips about playing against Michigan.
DAN MULLEN: Yeah, you know, I’m sure I’ll touch base with him just to get a thought or two, you know, on — they obviously had a great plan of attacking them, were able to put a lot of points on the board, so that’s a game we’ll look at closely and see how they were able to do it. But I know that’s a big rivalry game, so those are hard to invest all the stock in because of all the emotion of those games.
Mullen has had his own success against Michigan. His Mississippi State squad thumped the Wolverines 52-14, but that was against the Rich Rodriguez staff (which was fired after the MSU loss), not the current Jim Harbaugh staff which features the highly regarded Don Brown as defensive coordinator.
The Peach Bowl is set for a noon ET kickoff on Dec. 29.