Bulldogs, Wolverines arrive, then get to work

By NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mississippi State and Michigan expected to be greeted with warmer temperatures upon arriving for Gator Bowl practices, but their first order of business was to stay warm.
The No. 21-ranked Bulldogs left snowy Starkville and reported to Jacksonville on Sunday and, with temperatures dipping into the 30s, held a practice in the ballroom of the Sawgrass Marriott, where the team is staying.
The Wolverines couldn’t find suitable indoor workspace and practiced at Jacksonville University on Sunday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The practice was delayed because several Michigan players were late arriving due to weather-related travel delays. A few others didn’t make it in time to participate.
“Over a dozen, for sure,” Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez told the Free Press.
MSU will practice at noon today at the University of North Florida, and then the players will have an outing at Adventure Landing.
The Gator Bowl will kick off at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and will be telecast on ESPN2.
And the high temperature that day is forecast to be 73.