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Outback Bowl: Florida (7-5) vs. Penn State (7-5), 1 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 28, 620-AM, 970-AM, 1040-AM

This is the finale for Florida coach Urban Meyer, who resigned in December. Florida and Penn State have suffered through subpar seasons, making a victory equally important — albeit for different reasons — for both schools. Florida will be without several key players, including CB Janoris Jenkins (right shoulder) and OL Maurice Hurt (right knee), while Penn State also has its share of injuries. The Gators lack a clear offensive identity; without a clear-cut QB expect John Brantley, Trey Burton and Jordan Reed to all see time. Florida RB Jeff Demps, who has struggled with a left foot injury, still isn't 100 percent (though he's expected to play), but without a strong running game, Florida faces an uphill battle — a big part of its problems all season.

Antonya English, Joey Knight, Times staff writers

Florida (7-5) vs. Penn State (7-5), 1 p.m., Ch. 28, 620-AM, 970-AM, 1040-AM


If you're looking for a clear Penn State edge, consider the trenches, where the Nittany Lions — who have surrendered only 12 sacks all season — will face an injury-depleted Gators' defensive front. Florida, which has managed 21 sacks all year (10th in the SEC), will face a seasoned offensive line led by All-America RG Stefen Wisniewski, one of three Lions interior linemen to start every game.

Outback Bowl: Florida (7-5) vs. Penn State (7-5), 1 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 28, 620-AM, 970-AM, 1040-AM 12/31/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 31, 2010 8:54pm]
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