The 2011 Outback Bowl has invited the struggling Florida Gators to face legendary head coach Joe Paterno and his Penn State Nittany Lions. Both teams will arrive with 7-5 records.
A victory for each team means something different. For the Gators, it will bring a positive ending to a dismal and extremely disappointing season. For Penn State, it too will end the season on a positive note, but perhaps more importantly it will give the Big-10 a victory over an SEC team.
Since the Gators fell flat on their faces in 2010, a victory in the Outback Bowl could be perceived as the first win of the 2011 season.
Let's peel back this "blooming onion", so to speak, and find reasons why a victory could start the Florida Gators on a positive note for next season.