Florida Gators Football: Why Outback Bowl Is Gators First Game of 2011 Season

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Florida Gators Football: Why Outback Bowl Is Gators First Game of 2011 Season
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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.

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