Coming off a heartbreaking loss on Saturday night in Death Valley to the LSU Tigers Florida football dropped only two spots in the AP top 25 poll to No. 9, which is still better than Georgia’s No. 10 ranking which we’ll get into in a few.
Gator Nation seems relatively content with the loss Florida football had at LSU Saturday.
I mean, we’re still 6-1 and still in contention for the Eastern Division, right?
The Gators showed that they could hang with the Tigers as a lot of media members predicted Florida would get blown out. When you break it down, it really was closer than the 42-28 score. Just a few miscues caused that 14-point difference.
Despite that, one expert still believes (as Gator Nation does) that Florida football will win the SEC East.
Looking forward, we have South Carolina who shocked the nation and rattled the College Football Playoffs knocking off then-No. 3 Georgia in double overtime.
South Carolina hasn’t been much of a problem in recent years, and if the Gators wish to continue to add to their already great season they will need to forget LSU and focus on putting the hammer down fast and hard.
After South Carolina, we have the Bulldogs in Jacksonville. The Gators will have their chances to battle for the division and set the date with either LSU for a rematch or Alabama (who have yet to play each other this season)
Kirk Herbstreit says on ESPN’s “The College Football Podcast,” he is now picking Florida to win the SEC East, which is a shocking statement within itself as it’s well known Herbstreit isn’t the biggest fan of the Gators.
This statement does speak volumes, however, Florida is a 6-1, top-10 team and Florida football is finally getting respect despite the 14-point loss to the LSU Tigers.
It proves that this young team will continue to fight and shock the college football world just as they did when now-head coach Dan Mullen was the offensive coordinator for Florida football under Urban Meyer in the national championship years.
Season isn’t quite over yet but in the end it really doesn’t matter unless they can take advantage of the situation at hand and keep playing at the high level we’ve seen the last seven weeks.
Remember, No. 9 Florida will take on South Carolina in Columbia at noon Saturday.