Despite their 6-6 record, the Florida Gators insisted they had a strong defense and proved it with a suffocating performance against Ohio State in a 24-17 Gator Bowl victory on Monday.
Florida coach Will Muschamp is using history as a motivating force, and his players are responding. They don't want to be the first UF team since 1979 to have a losing record.
Florida will have to shore up its troubled pass protection and make more plays on defense when it matches up with Ohio State in the Gator Bowl.
Florida's run defense will be tested by Ohio State's freshman quarterback, Braxton Miller.
Florida has plenty of history in the Gator Bowl, while Ohio State has one appearance it would rather forget. The teams meet on Jan. 2, 2012.
Former Florida coach Urban Meyer looms over the matchup between his old team and his new team, the Ohio State Buckeyes. The teams meet on Jan. 2, 2012.
Urban Meyer leaves behind a full trophy case, some strong, new traditions and hurt feelings that are likely to be forgotten in time.
Florida players and ex-players had mixed emotions about seeing Urban Meyer return to coaching with Ohio State.
Surprisingly, the Gators' big men held their own against Ohio State, but turnovers and poor shooting from the guards led to an 81-74 loss.