Gator Bowl 2012: Key Matchups for Ohio State vs. Florida

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Gator Bowl 2012: Key Matchups for Ohio State vs. Florida
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Oh, the irony!

Nearly a week after Urban Meyer was named Ohio State's new football coach, it was announced that the Buckeyes would face his former team, the Florida Gators, in the 2012 Gator Bowl on January 2 in Jacksonville.

Meyer won two national titles in six years with the Gators. He left the team after dealing with health problems, in addition to a desire to spend more time with his family. He then briefly became a college football analyst for ESPN before accepting the job with OSU.

However, interim coach Luke Fickell, who replaced Jim Tressel (NCAA rules violations), will lead the team in the bowl game.
 
This is the first time these two schools will face each other since the 2007 BCS National Championship, when Florida blew out Ohio State by a score of 41-14.

Florida (6-6, 3-5 SEC) and Ohio State (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) will battle for a winning record; a contest between once-proud programs that have slipped significantly this season.

Here are the key matchups to look for throughout the game.


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