Just four weeks after suffering its first loss of the season, No. 6 Florida suddenly finds itself back in the national title hunt.
The Florida Gators are coming off two heart-stopping victories over Missouri and Louisiana-Lafayette in consecutive weeks. The Gators get a bit of a reprieve this week against Jacksonville State, but may be without their starting quarterback against the Gamecocks.
Jelani Jenkins returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown with two seconds remaining and No. 7 Florida rallied in the closing minutes to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 27-20 on Saturday.
Mike Gillislee took a screen pass and went 45 yards for a touchdown, and No. 8 Florida survived a scare to beat Southeastern Conference newcomer Missouri 14-7 on Saturday.
Shawn Williams’ criticism will be remembered as a challenge.
Zac Stacy broke through the line on a wildcat play, sprinting 57 yards for a touchdown putting Vanderbilt back on top of fourth-ranked Florida.
The last time Florida and LSU were on the same field, the Tigers delivered a brutal beating to the Gators, 41-11 in Baton Rouge. But this year, the Gators are on the rise and it’s the Tigers coming in with plenty of questions to answer.
Jeff Driskel accounted for two touchdowns, helping No. 14 Florida beat Kentucky 38-0 Saturday and extend its winning streak to 26 in the series.
Tennessee and its big-play offense got beaten at its own game.
When the Florida Gators take the field at Neyland Stadium Saturday, for the first time in a long time, the game between the Gators and Tennessee Volunteers actually carries some relevance on the national stage.