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.