Florida will meet Oregon State in the 2022 Las Vegas Bowl, as first reported by Brett McMurphy. The game will take place on Saturday, December 17, kick off at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, and be televised on ABC.
It will be the Gators’ first meeting with Oregon State and first Las Vegas Bowl berth. The bowl, which has traditionally matched Pac-12 teams against representatives from the MAC and Mountain West, will be welcoming SEC and Big Ten teams over the next four years; Florida will be the first SEC team to appear in it.
Oregon State should be a formidable foe: The Beavers are fresh off a stunning comeback win over Oregon in the rivalry game known as the Civil War, and went 9-3 in 2022, losing only to USC, Utah, and Washington.
That result against the Utes being a 42-16 blowout would seem to be reason for confidence for Florida, which defeated Utah in its season opener. But the Gators were a vastly different team for their first game than they will be in Vegas, with a slew of players already declaring their intentions to transfer and a couple more — quarterback Anthony Richardson among them — expected to announce intentions to enter the 2023 NFL Draft and not play in Florida’s bowl.