No. 5 Gators set for Sugar Bowl vs. No. 3 Bearcats

By Adam Silverstein
December 6, 2009

Falling to the now-No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2009 Southeastern Conference Championship on Saturday, the No. 5 Florida Gators also lost their shot at the 2010 BCS National Championship. Instead, the Gators have been awarded a berth to the 2010 Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2010, against the No. 3 Cincinnati Bearcats. While Cincinnati is not a common opponent for Florida, the Bearcats are quite familiar to one member of the Gators. Head coach Urban Meyer spent his college football playing career as a walk-on defensive back at Cincinnati from 1983-86. Only the second meeting ever between the Gators and Bearcats, the previous contest took place on Oct. 20, 1984, with Florida toppling Cincinnati 48-17 on homecoming.

This is the Gators’ eighth all-time Sugar Bowl appearance. Florida is only 2-5 in their previous seven games in this bowl: 1965 (L – Missouri), 1974 (L – Nebraska), 1991 (L – Notre Dame), 1993 (W – West Virginia), 1994 (L – Florida State), 1996* (W – Florida State), 2000 (L – Miami).

* National Championship

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