Las Vegas Bowl today at 2:30 PM, Florida against Oregon State; Gators Notes

*A 10-point underdog in Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon State.

*Florida (6-6) faces Oregon State (9-3) on Saturday afternoon (2:30 p.m. ET) at Allegiant Stadium.


The Beavers are led by head coach Jonathan Smith, a former Oregon State quarterback who has turned the program around since he returned to his alma mater. Smith was awarded a new contract earlier this week for putting the Beavers in a position to win 10 games in a season for the first time in 16 years.

Oregon State has won 10 or more games only twice: 2000 and 2006. A stout defense and midseason quarterback change from injured Chase Nolan to third-year freshman Ben Gulbranson has the Beavers on the verge of a rare season on the Corvallis campus.

The Beavers ranked near the top of the Pac-12 in every major defensive category during the regular season, and when on offense, they like to hand the ball to all-conference running back Damien Martinez, who has rushed for 970 yards and six consecutive 100-yard games.

*Jack Miller III, the former Ohio State QB, will start for the Gators.