Footballs Afoot

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Urban Meyer's Gators haven't lived up to preseason hype (who can overcome the Sports Illustrated cover jinx?), but after wins against Florida State and Georgia, beating the Iowa Hawkeyes should quiet the Spurrier faithful, at least until next season. It's been 11 years since Outback got naming rights for the Hall of Fame Bowl and this year's edition should be a good one — both teams have powerful offenses and a chip on their shoulders after being slighted by higher profile bowls. Too bad you won't be able to get in to see the game. The Outback Bowl is sold out, so you've got two options: Hit the couch or the parking lot. Our suggestion: Head to Raymond James, get toasty with some kids from Iowa, then make fun of them for having to return to the cold after the game. Mon., Jan. 2, 11 a.m., Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, or ESPN.

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