Florida vs. Virginia: How to Watch, Live Stream Orange Bowl

With the dust now settled over the College Football Playoff semifinals, the New Year's Six bowl games resume on Monday with the Virginia taking on Florida in the Orange Bowl in Miami.

The Gators finished 10-2 for the season, winning at least 10 games in a regular season in back-to-back campaigns for the first time since the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Back then Florida was coached by Urban Meyer, who left the Gators a year later, taking a 12-month sabbatical before pitching up at Ohio State.

Unlike Meyer, current Gators head coach Dan Mullen appears unlikely to leave Gainesville anytime soon and could become the first coach to lead the Gators to an 11-game winning season since 2012.

The 47-year-old led Florida to a surprise 41-15 win in the Peach Bowl over Michigan a year ago, which saw his team finish the year tied at No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

As this graphic provided by Statista shows, the Gators arrive into the Orange Bowl as the No. 9 ranked team in the CFP ranking and Mullen has urged his team to use the game as a springboard for next year.

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Florida enters the Orange Bowl as the No. 9 team in the country. Statista

"This year's team gets one more game together, but there are a lot of guys on this year's team that will also be on next year's team," he said in his press conference last week.

"You play on December 30 and then you don't have another game until September. [...] It [The Orange Bowl] can build a lot of momentum and a lot of confidence. For the team that's why bowl games are huge. [...] The momentum a bowl game and a bowl win can do for you builds yourself up through this huge developmental stage until you get on the field again."

A rock-solid defense has been key to Florida's run this season. The Gators rank eighth in scoring defense and 10th in total defense, allowing just 14.4 points and 299 yards per game.

On the offensive side of the ball, Kyle Trask has deputized brilliantly for starting quarterback Feleipe Franks, throwing for 2,636 yards with 24 touchdown passes.

A 14.5-point favorite ahead of Monday, Florida is 3-0 in previous Orange Bowl matchups but hasn't appeared in the game since 2001.

Virginia, meanwhile, has never featured in the Orange Bowl and is the first unranked team in the AP Poll to do so since Florida had the honor in 1967.

Ranked 24th in the CFP, the Cavaliers were on the receiving end of a 62-17 shellacking by Clemson in the ACC title game. However, the fact itself Virginia made it that far was a major statement of intent, as it had to snap a 15-game losing streak to Virginia Tech to claim the ACC Coastal.

In his fourth season as Cavaliers head coach, Bronco Mendenhall has continued the trend that has seen his team improve its winning tally each year. Virginia won two games in Mendenhall's first season in charge, rising to six the following year and eight last season.

To secure a first double-digit win season since 1989, Virginia will again have to rely on quarterback Bryce Perkins.

The senior signal caller has been one of the most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks this season and leads Virginia with 745 rushing yards and 3,215 passing yards.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Monday.

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Van Jefferson #12 of the Florida Gators celebrates a touchdown during a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 30 in Gainesville, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty

When and where is the Orange Bowl?

The Florida Gators take on the Virginia Cavaliers at Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins, in Miami, Florida.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Monday, December 30.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via ESPN's digital platforms, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Series record

Florida and Virginia have met each other just once, with the Gators winning 55-10 in 1959.


According to BetOnline, Florida is a 14.5-point favorite and is 9/10 to cover the spread, while Virginia is a 23/5 underdog.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 54.5.