Harvin, the SEC Championship Game's Most Valuable Player, averaged better than 12 yards on his 61 touches this year -- 36 as a runner, 25 as a receiver. He headlined a class of 25 true freshmen that enjoyed as much first-year success as any group in the country.
"They've got a great athlete, and they're doing a great job of getting the ball in his hands in different ways," OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock said of Harvin.
School presidents have wardrobe wager
The presidents of the two schools in Monday's game, UF's Bernie Machen and OSU's Karen Holbrook, placed a wardrobe wager on Monday night's game.
A Gators win would force Holbrook to don a UF shirt for a day on her campus. If the Buckeyes win, Machen will spend a day at Florida dressed in an Ohio State T-shirt and wearing a chain of buckeyes around his neck.
Holbrook produced the nut necklace at a news conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday morning. Holbrook, a former UF administrator and a friend of Machen's, laughed as she showed her peer his potential prize.
"Anything for you," Machen said as he sized up the jewelry. "I guess I'll have to do it."
UF alumni congregate on the sideline
Florida football alumni on the sideline Monday included Lomas Brown, Reynaldo Hill, Darrell Jackson, Jason Odom, Mike Peterson, Max Starks, Ben Troupe, Lawrence Wright, Jarvis Herring, Terry Jackson, Shane Matthews and Errict Rhett.
Urban Meyer's father, Bud, also watched the game from the sideline.
Stadium end zone a popular place
Ted Ginn Jr.'s 93-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff marked the third consecutive play at University of Phoenix Stadium that ended in the end zone.
Eight nights ago, Boise State finished its Fiesta Bowl overtime upset of Oklahoma with a touchdown and a two-point conversion on the final two plays. Then Ginn opened the national-title game with his score.
FLORIDA 41, OHIO STATE 14