Florida accepts invitation to 2011 Outback Bowl

By Adam Silverstein
December 5, 2010

After completing their worst regular season performance under head coach Urban Meyer, the Florida Gators (7-5, 4-4) have accepted an invitation to play the Penn State Nittany Lions (7-5, 4-4) in the 2011 Outback Bowl on New Years Day at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.

Held continuously since 1986, the Outback Bowl is currently one of three Southeastern ConferenceBig Ten games set to be played on Jan. 1.

Florida has participated in the event three times in its history, posting a 1-2 record including a 31-24 win over Iowa in their last appearance in 2005. Penn State has played in the game three times and is 3-0 including a 20-10 victory over Tennessee in 2006.

The Gators are 2-0 all-time against the Nittany Lions.

“We are excited to hear that we are going to the Outback Bowl and play in another New Year’s Day game,” Meyer said. “We are proud of our history of playing in January Bowl games – not everyone gets to enjoy that experience. We’ve been fortunate around here to be in a bowl game for 20 consecutive years and I’ve told our players and staff to not take that for granted. This is a tremendous opportunity to continue to grow and develop as a football team, while having a week of hospitality in the great Gator city of Tampa.”

“I have fond memories of my first bowl game at Florida in the 2006 Outback game. I remember the great job that Jim McVay and his staff did in hosting our football team. I want to thank Jim and the Outback Bowl Committee for inviting us back. We look forward to facing Penn State and one of the true legends in the game in Coach Joe Paterno. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Paterno and I will be honored to have the opportunity to coach in the same game as him.”

With Outback Steakhouse as the game’s title sponsor, the bowl will pay each participating team a minimum of $3.4 million. The Outback Bowl will air and celebrate it’s 25th anniversary on Jan. 1, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. on ABC with the contest being called by Mike Tiricio (play-by-play) and Jon Gruden (color commentary).

14 Comments

  1. Gatorgrad79 says:

    And the noles have to play Spurrier and USC in the chick filet bowl……:)

  2. Aligator says:

    I hope we have our heads out of our asses by that point …

  3. Gatorbuc15 says:

    A bit unexpected but I’m not upset.

  4. Brad says:

    *Chick Fil A* Bowl

  5. E-Pain says:

    2006 Outback Bowl- Gators Win
    2007- We go to the BCS Champ.

    2011 Outback Bowl- ??
    2012 BCS Championship-???

    I can dream…

  6. Aligator says:

    E-pain, not unless we find an offensive coordinator and a quarterback …..

  7. GG says:

    Has anyone ever won the NC with a true freshman qb?

  8. SaraGator says:

    Got my tickets….

    Go Gators!!!

  9. Mr2Bits says:

    @E-Pain/Al : Not to mention one of the toughest schedules I have seen us have in a long time. We will be lucky to have the record we do now next year.

  10. E-PAIN says:

    Ali, Mr2Bits

    All valid points. Gonna be rough next year as well :/

  11. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Adam – any noise coming out of Gainesville about any coaching moves?? Are they going to do what they did all year and get spanked by PSU? We will be more of a laughing stock and then see how many recruits head to greener pastures if it appears nothing will change.
    Also what is UP with the lack of O-line recruits?? Of the top 25 in the rivals ranking UF has not gotten a committment from even one??!! ( Please tell Addazio all the Pounceys will be graduated next year…)

    • No coaching noise right now. I think Florida beats Penn State pretty handily actually. Lack of OL recruits is concerning but there are a lot of young, talented guys waiting for their shot.

  12. Wingtee says:

    We should be honored to play in the Outback. I hope our players are thankful , hungry and humbled. We are playing in a bowl that frankly we might not be deserving of.

  13. TonyM1449 says:

    Addazzio will be back next year, everything’s fine, the guys are playing at their highest level. That being said….I’ll be watching next season from the couch.

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