Sugar Bowl Breakdown: Florida, Cincy look to avoid distractions
Meyer probably will be back, but his players may want to send him out a winner just in case he doesn't return as soon as expected.
It definitely is the last game for Gators quarterback
Several of Florida's juniors also will be playing their last games as Gators, but the exact number won't be known until after the game. With a possible NFL rookie wage scale -- similar to the NBA -- threatened for 2011, top juniors might be more apt to leave after this season. That means this also could be the last game for cornerback
2. Offensive coordinator
3. The Bearcats hired Central Michigan's
4. Quinn was hired last week as Buffalo's head coach, but he elected to stay and coach the Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl.
The Bearcats' displeasure with Kelly's exit was no secret. Receiver
"I wasn't going to let anybody down," Quinn said. "I wanted to be here and finish things off. The players can't control the things that happen in this business."
The weak link here may be Cincy's defense, which allowed an average of 36.5 points in its last four games. Alabama stymied Tebow and company in the SEC championship, but, with apologies to
"They have a quarterback who can run the ball. They have some very good running backs who have great speed on the perimeter. And they are reading their plays almost each and every play as to whether they hand the ball off or option the ball, or even create a pitchman sometimes to option the ball. Or even when they run a shuffle pass, sometimes they have the option to pitch the ball. So that in itself is an option.
"And so it is difficult to defend, because it's about numbers. So you really have an offense that at the point of attack can change from out there to out here, to running it in here or throwing it down there. ... And all those things can change in one step, whether it's play action pass or how they create their options.
"And the fact that they have a quarterback who is unique in terms of his ability to run the ball, execute their offense and be a very efficient, effective passer, makes it very important to play very disciplined team defense in terms of everybody keying, being in the right spot and making sure you keep the right side boards on the defense. And they do it out of a lot of different personnel groups and different formations, so that makes it even more difficult for the defense to adjust to each one of those things correctly."