Florida vs. Ohio State
Date: January 2, 2012
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Now this should be interesting, as former Florida head man Urban Meyer is now with Ohio State.
Many Gator fans and players have been upset with Meyer for coming back to coaching so quickly after resigning from the Gator position with health concerns. Be prepared to hear this storyline early and often in the coverage of this matchup.
Florida battled through sloppy play, a tough schedule and injuries to struggle to a 6-6 record on the season. They have just one win over a winning team, and that was against six-win Vanderbilt.
On the flip side, Ohio State, in the throws of NCAA troubles and a resulting coaching change, have been up and down through a tough season.
The Buckeyes looked inept in loses to Miami and Purdue, but played sharp and impressive in wins over Top 25 ranked Illinois and Wisconsin.
Florida is playing strong defense, allowing less than 300 yards per game this season. Even though it was a losing effort, the Gator defenders held Florida State to just 95 yards in the entire game.
A young and sporadic Buckeye offense may find it tough sledding against the SEC defense, especially since they rank 107th in the nation in total offense.
If Florida, and healing quarterback John Brantley, can generate any offense, the Gators should be victorious.
Off-the-Cuff Prediction: Florida 17, Ohio State 13