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Gator Bowl Betting – Meyer’s Former Team Takes On Meyer’s New Team In Gator Bowl

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/30/2011 5:34:06 PM
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While he won’t even be on the sidelines to watch in person, Urban Meyer will be the talk of this year’s TAXSLAYER.com Gator Bowl, as the team that he coaches to two national titles takes on the team he just signed on to coach at Everbank Field. The Florida Gators won only six games this past year, and posted a 3-5 record in the SEC, but will get the chance to post another winning season if they can climb to 7-6 with a win over the Buckeyes as the slim sports betting favorites. Given the type of coach he is, Meyer could have a tough time watching this one.

TAXSLAYER.com Gator Bowl

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Florida Gators
Monday January 2, 2011 2:00 PM ET
Everbank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
College Football Betting Line: Florida Gators – 2

All of the talk surrounding Meyer will undoubtedly dominate the media coverage for this game, but Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell doesn’t think it will hurt his team’s focus. But considering Meyer, the scandal that has ripped through the program over the past few months, and the fact that this game will be in Florida, the Buckeyes could have trouble staying in the moment.

Gator Bowl Betting Preview: Ohio State

That will be a lot of pressure on an Ohio State team that may not be ready for it, especially considering the inexperience at key positions. The Buckeyes have rolled with Braxton Miller at quarterback, and while he has had his bright spots this season, he has been far from perfect. Without an explosive offense, the defense has been overexposed, including an absolute blowout at the hands of Denard Robinson and Michigan State. With several stars left over from last year’s team, the losing has been a major adjustment in the locker room, and it has left those players seemingly lost.

Gator Bowl Betting Preview: Florida

While the Buckeyes’ program is in shambles, things aren’t much brighter in Florida, where head coach Will Muschamp is still searching for a No. 1 quarterback going forward. Senior John Brantley is expected to start in the Gator Bowl, but his performance this season has been lacking to say the least, and it’s hard to imagine him being much better without offensive coordinator Charlie Weiss, who left to become the head coach at Kansas. Florida has won just two of their past eight games, with decisions over Vanderbilt and Furman the lone victories, and that isn’t saying much.

Gator Bowl Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

It is hard to label either of these teams as the clear sportsbook favorite, but since there has to be one, we will say that the Gators will get the job done. They have more experience, and were tested in a tougher conference all year, and the hometown fans in Jacksonville should help give them an edge as well.

Gator Bowl Betting Pick: Florida Gators

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