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GAINESVILLE – The University of Florida football team has accepted an invitation to play Big 10 representative Ohio State in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. The Gators will be making their 21st-straight bowl appearance, which ranks first in the SEC and second nationally. This will also be Florida’s 18th January Bowl game since 1993, the highest total in the country, and will be the team’s ninth appearance in the Gator Bowl, which will be played for the 67th time.

This will be just the second meeting all-time between UF and the Buckeyes, as the Orange and Blue posted a 41-14 win in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 8, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz., to bring home the program’s second national title. Florida is 19-19 all-time in bowls and owns a 6-2 record in the Gator Bowl, with its most recent trip to the contest a 27-10 victory over NC State on Dec. 31, 1992.

The Gator Ticket Office will begin taking ticket orders for the 2012 Gator Bowl on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, starting at 8:30 a.m. All fans can order online at www.GatorZone.com/tickets<http://www.gatorzone.com/tickets>, by visiting the Gator Ticket Office starting on Monday or by calling their order in. THE DEADLINE FOR ORDERING BOWL TICKETS IS 5 P.M., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011. All orders MUST be received by the Ticket Office by this time.

The Gator Ticket Office will accept ticket orders from all Gator Boosters and general public fans and there will be no limits on the number of tickets a fan may order. However, if the Gator Ticket Office oversells by the deadline, tickets may be reduced or refunded using the Gator Booster Priority Point system. If the Gator Ticket Office must issue reductions or refunds, notifications will be made as soon as possible after the deadline.

Gator Bowl tickets are $65 for stadium seats or $125 for Club seats. A map of seating allotments can be viewed on www.GatorZone.com/tickets<http://www.gatorzone.com/tickets>. All tickets will be sent via first-class U.S. mail during the week of December 12 to those fans who purchase tickets.

There are three ways fans can purchase tickets:

1.     The quickest and most efficient way to order tickets is by visiting www.GatorZone.com/tickets<http://www.gatorzone.com/tickets> and clicking on “Manage My Account.”

2.     Call 800-344-2867, ext. 6800 (Nationwide), Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and place an order with a Gator Ticket Office Specialist.

3.     Come to the Gator Ticket Office and place an order with a Ticket Office Specialist. The Ticket Office is located on the west side of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*** UF Students will have an opportunity to purchase 2012 Gator Bowl tickets on Monday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 each and there is no limit on the amount of tickets a full-time, UF student can purchase. To purchase, students must visit GatorZone.com/tickets/students<http://www.gatorzone.com/tickets/students>.

Students who purchase tickets MUST pick up their student bowl ticket at the Student Ticket Office, Wednesday, Dec. 7, through Friday, Dec. 9. Students must bring their valid Gator1 ID with them to pick up their ticket. All UF students will be sent a detailed e-mail to their Gatorlink e-mail address detailing these procedures.