CBS Sports Bowl Projections has Florida playing this team

CBS Sports has updated its 2022 college football postseason bowl predictions, with the Florida Gators expected to play the Purdue Boilermakers in the Reliaquest Bowl.

Formerly known as the Outback Bowl, the Reliaquest Bowl is currently scheduled to be played on January 2nd in Tampa, Fla., with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. EST.

The Gators record a 38-6 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks to secure Bowl qualification in Billy Napier’s first season as head coach. Offensively, the Gators continued to dominate on the ground. They recorded 374 rushing yards, led by true rookie Trevor Etienne’s 100 rushing yards.

He is the first freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game since Malik Davis in 2017. Defensively, the Gators set the tone early and disrupted quarterback Spencer Rattler throughout the game. The Gamecocks’ only points came on a fake punt, and Florida’s defense hasn’t conceded a touchdown in six quarters.

Purdue is coming off an upset 31-24 win on the road against Illinois. With their victory, Purdue now sits at the top of the Big Ten West division. The win sparked a two-game losing streak for the Boilermakers. They are now 6-4 with two games left in the season: Northwestern (home) and Indiana (away). If they win both games, they would make their first-ever appearance in the Big Ten championship game. They haven’t won a Big Ten conference championship since 2000.

Purdue meets Northwestern on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. EST on FS1. Florida will travel to Nashville to face Vanderbilt in the final SEC game of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. EST and the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.


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