Gator Bowl 2012: TV Schedule, Live Streaming, Radio, Game Time and More

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IDecember 5, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28:  Urban Meyer speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of Ohio State football on November 28, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

The Gator Bowl announced on Sunday that the Florida Gators will face the Ohio State Buckeyes. In other words, it's the Urban Meyer Bowl.

Meyer's old team will face his future team in what will easily be one of the most talked-about bowls this season. 


Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL

When: January 2, 2012, 1 PM ET

Watch: ESPN 2

Listen: Check here for Florida and here for Ohio State. 

Betting Line: Not yet available. 


Key Storyline

There will tons of great storylines in this one, but you have to start with Urban Meyer.

Meyer left Florida back in 2010, as he wanted to be with his family and concentrate on his health. Still, though, just a year later, Meyer took the job at Ohio State.

Now, coincidentally enough, the two schools face off against each other. Meyer won't be coaching on either side, but you can bet he'll be watching with a close eye. 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 05: (L-R) In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, ESPN college football analyst and former University of Florida football coach, Urban Meyer, 'Albert' The University of Florida mascot and Denver Broncos Quarterback and
Handout/Getty Images

When you get on the field, things are a little less sexy. Both of these teams have struggled immensely this year, as they both sport 6-6 records.

It will be interesting to see which team can finish above .500.


Who Might Not Play for Florida

John Brantley (head), QB, day-to-day

Dominique Easley (leg), DT, day-to-day

Dan Wenger (ankle), C, day-to-day

Jordan Reed (ankle), TE, day-to-day

Jeremy Brown (knee), CB, day-to-day


Who Might Not Play for Ohio State

Corey Brown (shoulder), WR, day-to-day

Christian Bryant (undisclosed), DB, day-to-day

Andrew Sweat (concussion), LB, day-to-day


BCS/Top 25 Implications

A whole lot of nothing. Even with a win, neither of these teams will be able to crack the Top 25. They just haven't been good enough.


What They're Saying

Pretty much everyone is taking the same stance. They're all talking about Urban Meyer.

At ESPN, it's Urban Meyer.

At CBS, it's Urban Meyer.

Seriously, everywhere. It's the Urban Meyer Bowl.


Florida Player to Watch

Chris Rainey. The Gators have two of the most explosive running backs in the nation with Rainey and Chris Demps. 

Rainey has gotten more carries and receptions, but Demps has gotten more touchdowns. 

The OSU defense has been pretty solid this year, but they have been susceptible against the run at times. Fitzgerald Toussaint of Michigan just rushed for 120 yards against them. 

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 26:  Running back Chris Rainey #1 of the Florida Gators rushes upfield against the Florida State Seminoles November 26, 2011 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  FSU won 21 - 7.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Rainey and Demps should have plenty of big runs.


Ohio State Player to Watch

Braxton Miller. Can Miller, who has really struggled throwing the ball this year, get it going against a good SEC defense?

That remains to be seen, but if he doesn't, Ohio State hardly stands a chance. Dan Herron can only do so much. 


Key Matchup

It has to be the Florida running backs versus Ohio State's front seven. The Buckeyes are giving up 3.9 yards per rush and 142 yards per game this season.

This one figures to be a relatively low-scoring game, and if Ohio State wants to have a chance, they have to limit the big plays from Rainey and Demps.


On the Hotseat

No one. Will Muschamp, despite struggling in his first year, has another year or two before he gets fired. 

And for Ohio State, well, you know their coaching situation.



Florida 24, Ohio State 20


    A Departing Coach and New Coach Help Usher TE Kyle Pitts' Choice

    Florida Gators Football logo
    Florida Gators Football

    A Departing Coach and New Coach Help Usher TE Kyle Pitts' Choice

    SEC Country
    via SEC Country

    LSU Legend, Heisman Winner Cannon Dies at 80

    College Football logo
    College Football

    LSU Legend, Heisman Winner Cannon Dies at 80

    Scott Polacek
    via Bleacher Report

    Johnny Manziel to Play in CFL

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Johnny Manziel to Play in CFL

    Adam Wells
    via Bleacher Report

    Colleges Looking into Betting Compensation

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Colleges Looking into Betting Compensation

    Alec Nathan
    via Bleacher Report