Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley refuses to panic. Not after the worst loss in school history. Not after the first losing season since 1979. Not after missing a bowl game for the first time in 23 years. And not after a humbling loss to rival Florida State.
Florida running back Trey Burton won’t return against Florida State because of a shoulder injury.
Each season, at least one team will get decimated by the injury bug. This year it’s Florida and if there’s one thing the Gators have proven this year it’s that the backups are not anywhere near ready to be playing in the Southeastern Conference.
The frustration of Florida’s fading season was evident on coach Will Muschamp’s bandaged and bloodied right hand. The third-year Gators coach took questions after his team’s fifth-straight loss, a 19-14 defeat to No. 11 South Carolina on Saturday night, with two fingers bandaged and a third knuckle bloodied after he struck a chalk board at halftime.
Things are heading downhill in a hurry in Gainesville after the Florida Gators lost again to arch-rival Georgia, 23-20 Saturday evening. The loss dropped the Gators to 4-4 on the season and puts their backs against the wall to find two more victories to become bowl eligible for the 23rd consecutive year.
Florida coach Will Muschamp couldn’t recall going through a season like this one. The 22nd-ranked Gators will be without running back Matt Jones for the remainder of the year, the latest addition to the team’s lengthy injury report.
The Florida Gators will put their bowl game hopes on the line Saturday when they travel to Death Valley to play the LSU Tigers in a Saturday afternoon matchup you can see only on CBS4.
The second Jeff Driskel started waving for help, Florida coach Will Muschamp knew it was bad.
Fans lined up in their cars before sunrise to enter Sun Life Stadium.
It’s been a long time since a Florida Gators vs. Miami Hurricanes matchup carried as much importance as Saturday’s game does. The game’s hype has overtaken South Florida and rivals how the old FSU vs. UM games in the 1980’s and 1990’s used to feel.