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by CFP Staff
It's an interesting side note as the Buckeyes' head coaching situation is once again a story line for a Gator Bowl game. Ohio State played its entire season under interim head coach Luke Fickell after Jim Tressel was forced to resign on Memorial Day for his role in covering up the transgressions of several players who were under investigation by the NCAA. Following a 6-6 campaign, Ohio State hired the Florida head coach who defeated them in that 2006 BCS title game, Urban Meyer.
Meyer now takes the reins of a Buckeye program that will be banned from the postseason next year and must endure three years of other probation penalties from the NCAA.
The University of Cincinnati and Ohio State alumnus, and former assistant coach of Ohio State (1986-87), enjoyed brilliantly successful 2-year stints at Bowling Green (17-6, 2001-2002) and Utah (22-2, 2003-2004) before landing and Florida (65-15, 2005-2010) and winning 2 BCS titles in 6 years. He retired from the Gators after the 2010 season, citing health issues and the need to spend time with his family, but wound up working for ESPN.
Meyer brings a career record of 104-23 to Columbus and a 7-1 bowl record with the lone loss against Michigan in the 2007 Capital One Bowl. His 81.9 winning percentage tops all active coaches with a minimum 5 years on the job (source: BuckeyeGrove.com).
52.6% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked Florida to win, but the Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com forecasted a 2.28-point victory by Ohio State.