Florida Vs. Ohio State: 2012 Gator Bowl Match-Up Is Official

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Matt Elam #22 of the Florida Gators asks for crowd noise during a game against the UAB Blazers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

It's official: Florida will play Ohio State in the 2012 Gator Bowl. The 6-6 Gators are headed to Jacksonville in January to take on the 6-6 Buckeyes in a match-up that will pit Urban Meyer's former team against his future team in a rematch of the 2007 BCS National Championship Game.

You may remember that the Gators won that game, 41-14, to claim their second national title. That game was the only meeting in the two teams' history, and so Florida is 1-0 and undefeated all-time against Ohio State.

Florida's history with the Gator Bowl is far longer. The Gators have played in it eight times — first in 1952, but not since 1992 — and compiled a 6-2 record in those games. They will make their ninth appearance in the Gator Bowl this season, breaking a tie with the Sugar Bowl to make it Florida's most frequent bowl destination.

But the Gators' Gator Bowl history isn't all sunny: Florida's lone shutout in a bowl game came in a 13-0 loss to Maryland in the 1975 Gator Bowl.

Ticket information for the 2012 Gator Bowl is available at GatorZone.

For more on the Buckeyes, visit Ohio State blog Along the Olentangy. For more on the rest of the 2011 college football bowl games, check out SB Nation's StoryStream.

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