Bowl Predictions: Ohio State and Florida

John PattonContributor IDecember 1, 2011

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators leaves the field after play against the Penn State Nittany Lions January 1, 2010 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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As they attempt to find games that are appealing to the masses, the heads of many so-called "minor bowls" sift through a lot of reasons for and against putting together certain matchups.

There will probably be a meeting between Florida and Ohio State, probably in the Gator Bowl, which makes a lot of sense.

The bowl organizers can plug the contest as a meeting between two powerhouse programs that faced off not too long ago, following the 2006 season, for the BCS National Championship.

The buildup can be about two young teams looking to get back into the title picture.

The Gators and Buckeyes finished the regular season at 6-6.

The winner would end the season above .500 with bragging rights handed to either the SEC or the Big Ten.

Who am I trying to kid?

It would be about Urban Meyer.

Sure, Florida's ex, and Ohio State's future, won't be participating in the preparation for either school, and really, he won't have anything to do with the result of the game.

It also won't be the goal of bowl organizers to have Meyer as a focus. That doesn't mean they'll be upset to see their game listed in a plethora of stories leading up to the contest.

Ohio State made a glamor hire in Meyer. A man one season removed from leaving Florida and saying he needed time away from the game.

Gator players, do you feel let down by coach Meyer's decision to coach at Ohio State? Has he spoken to you since accepting the job?

Buckeye players, has coach Meyer given you any personnel tips? How would you feel if you were in the shoes of Florida players?

And so on...

Hey, most years anyone would be thrilled to see these two teams running out of opposing tunnels prior to kickoff.

And the possibility exists that these two can play each another.

Why not make it happen?