Talk about a game with a bunch of storylines!
If you had told me before the season that the Ohio State Buckeyes would end up playing the Florida Gators in a bowl game, I would have pictured both teams with decent records.
I didn't expect a whole lot from OSU this season with all of the offseason problems and suspensions. I certainly expected more than 6-6, but all things considered, the team played well at times.
I knew coach Luke Fickell didn't have much of a chance beyond this season, as OSU is a program that can bring in top-tier coaches. I never in a million years thought Urban Meyer would be coaching next season, though. I was never a fan of his at Florida, but I have to admit I'm excited for the future of Ohio State football now.
Regarding this year's Gator Bowl, can you imagine a better matchup from a media standpoint?
You have two of the nation's most high-profile schools, both coming off down years (identical 6-6 records). Both teams average 25 points per game and allow 20. Neither team played well on the road, and both had the exact same division records and conference records.
It is also a rematch of the 2007 BCS title game; Urban Meyer was at Florida when the Gators dominated that game.
He will now be watching both teams as Luke Fickell coaches his final game as the Buckeyes' head coach. This is as odd a bowl game as I can ever remember from just about every standpoint. Looking ahead, there are many things the Buckeyes will need to do to beat the Gators on their home turf.
Here are five keys to victory for the scarlet and gray.