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This game is largely over shadowed by Ohio State's recent hiring of ex-Florida coach Urban Meyer
You're probably wondering why a matchup of two 6-6 teams is in my top five of best non-BCS bowls. Those of you that know and understand college football understand exactly why it is in the top five.
Let's just call this: the Urban Bowl. Look at the circumstances around these two teams. Two storied programs, usually ranked and in BCS games, and one is Urban Meyer's old team and one is his new team; does it get anymore exciting than that? Probably, but just work with me, people.
I really don't care for the fact that the NCAA is permitting Ohio State to have two coaching staffs during the postseason, one that prepares for the bowl game and one that is out recruiting. Every other team in the nation that is in a bowl only gets to have one coaching staff that has to focus on both bowl preparation and offseason recruiting, but Ohio State doesn't have to deal with that. Even the brightest college football analysts don't understand the NCAA's motives behind that, so I surely do not.
Finally getting to the matchup, though, Ohio State is looking like the favorite to me in this game. Braxton Miller is progressing as a quarterback, and this much-maligned Buckeye offense—that at one point was ranked only ahead of Army and Navy in passing yards per game—is completely different when its best receiver, DeVier Posey, is on the field.
Everyone was expecting Michigan to throttle Ohio State this season, but the Buckeyes kept it very interesting and high scoring, the way people like "The Game."
Florida, for lack of a better word, is Tebowless. While the Heisman Trophy winner is dazzling people at Mile High with his 7-1 record as a starter in the NFL, the Gators are too busy writing him thank-you notes for his halftime speech from a couple years ago, indicating why they are playing so poorly.
The Gators haven't been nearly the same powerhouse they were when Tebow was in Gainesville, and while it was expected that Florida wouldn't be as good, nobody thought in a hundred years they'd be this distraught over the moving on of Tebow.
Florida finished a meager 6-6 and a lousy 3-5 in the SEC this season. It was defeated by every ranked opponent they played this season, two of them being blowouts at the hands of LSU and Alabama. So, advantage Ohio State.
Prediction: Ohio State 28, Florida 17