The Florida-FSU rivalry: an extensive history of the Sunshine State Showdown

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Florida vs. Florida State. To hell with the Miami Hurricanes; they’re not even the best team in Date County. THIS is the rivalry that determines the Sunshine State champion.

Perhaps no other rivalry has seen the amount of shenanigans as this one. Among the highlights: a national championship rematch, a warmup pass fired at the head of the opposing coach, dancing on the opposing team’s logo at midfield after winning, full scale brawls directly stemming from the previous thing, and several instances of taking the other team’s dream or special moment and destroying it. Oh, and mockingly performing the other team’s sacred arm gestures (Florida’s Gator Chomp and FSU’s Tomahawk Chop) and parading around with replicas of the opposing mascot’s head appear to be not only commonplace, but staples of the rivalry.

But you can’t just take two teams located near each other and declare them rivals, like the SEC has done with Arkansas and Missouri. It has to evolve over time. So how did Florida and FSU come to be such bitter enemies? Good question.

Part I: The Beginning, 1958-1963 (Florida 5, FSU 0, 1 tie)

I’ll sort of take responsibility here for Florida ducking FSU as an annual opponent throughout the infancy of the Seminoles’ program. In fact, I wish the Gators had played the Seminoles annually from 1947-1957; Florida would have more than likely whooped FSU on a yearly basis, and that “35-26” taunt Gator fans (myself included) love to use would represent a larger difference in those two numbers. If you haven’t figured it out by now, or are an FSU fan who needs a friendly reminder, 35-26 is the all time series score between Florida and FSU. And it favors Florida.

So anyway: yes, Florida refused to play FSU, but FSU should be happy that Florida refused to play FSU because had Florida played FSU in the 1940’s and 1950’s, the Gators’ all time series lead would be even more lopsided than it already is… instead of using the fact that Florida refused to play FSU against Florida fans. The reality is, Florida gave FSU an eleven year head start before they began to pound on them. After all, what fun is hide and seek if you don’t turn your back and count to some predetermined number before chasing down your prey? Glad I got that out of my system.

The beginning of the series was evidence of this theory. The Gators won five out of the first six, and tied the other one. FSU could only muster three whole touchdowns during this six year stretch, though they did fight Florida to an ugly 3-3 tie in 1961- a tie that Gator coach Ray Graves referred to as a “death in the family”. The Seminoles’ program was in its teenage years, so to speak, but the Gators had never really taken football seriously up until that point (as evidenced by using assistant basketball or baseball coaches to coach the football team for much of the first half century of its existence). So we both sucked, basically, but Florida was better than FSU. Now let’s move ahead to the good parts.

Part II: FSU fights back and rights the ship, 1964-1967 (Florida 2, FSU 2)

FSU’s inferior facilities led Florida to refuse to play a game in Tallahassee in the baby stages of this rivalry. FSU then upgraded their stadium in 1964, so the Gators reluctantly trudged into the state capital to face the Seminoles for the first time on their home turf. But it was a booby trap. FSU QB Steve Tensi connected with Fred Biletnikoff for a touchdown to put the Seminoles up early, and they held on from there for a 16-7 win- their first ever over the Gators. That win punctuated FSU’s best season yet, as they went on to face- and defeat- Oklahoma in the Gator Bowl (a much bigger game then).

So that stung, but the Gators merely returned to their winning ways the next year with a 30-17 win in Gainesville. Then it was back to Tallahassee in 1966. Florida came into the game ranked #10 in the country, while FSU was looking to play spoiler. And it looked like they had. Down 22-19 with 17 seconds left in the game, the Seminoles had the ball on the Florida 45 yard line. Quarterback Gary Pajcic lobbed a bomb to Lane Fenner, who looked like he caught the ball in the end zone for a game winning touchdown. But the Seminole celebration was halted when the referee signaled an incomplete pass; ensuing days’ photographs suggested otherwise. FSU failed to score on that drive and Florida survived.

Then the Seminoles made a mistake in 1967. They went into Gainesville and beat Florida. All that did was awake a sleeping giant, and create a swirling torrent of misery and anguish for the Tribe.

Part III: It gets fun (for Florida fans), 1968-1976 (Florida 9, FSU 0)

Sorry, FSU fans, but 20 years after your program was created doesn’t count as your infancy any more.

The Gators ripped off nine straight wins over FSU from 1968-1976, which while uncommon for a rivalry, isn’t exactly unheard of (see Florida-Tennessee rivalry). But this period was particularly rough for the garnet and gold because of the manner in which they lost. Blowouts rained down upon the Seminoles; scores like 42-13, 49-0, and 34-8 became the new norm for Florida, and set the standard for decades to come. To repeat, Florida beat FSU 42-13 in Tallahassee in 1972; they must have decided that simply wasn’t good enough, and the following year, blew the Seminoles to kingdom come with a humiliating 49-0 win. And just to make sure there’s no misunderstanding, Florida beat FSU 49-0 in 1973. Never before has FSU beaten Florida by such a margin, nor have they really ever come close.

That said, some of the wins were noteworthy for reasons other than the score. The 21-6 win in 1969 featured perhaps the single greatest defensive performance in Gator history. Or if you want to look at it the other way, FSU’s game notes and film from this day were probably either lit on fire or sunk in the Gulf of Mexico. FSU QB Bill Cappleman was sacked a ridiculous eleven times, FSU backs fumbled eight times and Florida was the recipient of five FSU turnovers. But the most incredible stat of all was FSU’s rushing total for the day. Take a guess as to what it was. I’ll tell you at the end of this section. For now, just keep going.

The ensuing season began a pattern which has become a curious trademark of the rivalry: FSU is great at scoring touchdowns that don’t matter (more on that later). Florida went way up on FSU in Tallahassee, and by way up, I mean 38-7 with seven minutes to go. With literally nowhere else to turn, FSU coach Bill Peterson decided to insert third string QB Gary Huff into the game. Huff led FSU to three straight touchdowns, which mattered not the least because the third one came with zeroes across the clock and because the Gators were napping in the leisure cars by then. Well, most of them were, anyway. All-American defensive end Jack Youngblood was not napping by any means, unless you consider grabbing your crotch and thrusting your hips at the direction of FSU fans to be a form of napping. This little, um, “dance” blocked the view of many FSU fans and media members, who grew angry that they’d missed such an incredible comeback by their team. You know, one that resulted in them losing by 11 points instead of 31, which was good enough for FSU fans to celebrate and christen Huff as “Huff the Magic Quarterback.”

Then came the blowouts. A tense 17-15 win in Gainesville was followed up by the aforementioned 42-13 drubbing in Tallahassee, and just to rub it in one last time, the 49-0 disembowelment of the Seminoles in 1973. Here’s the thing: Florida really wasn’t good. The Gators finished 5-5-1 in 1972, when they won 42-13, and 7-5 in 1973, when they won… what was it again… oh right, 49-0. Florida had a mediocre football program at best, but they were still better than FSU, who went 0-11 in 1973. That’s right. 0-11. Let’s hear some more of those 4-8 jokes, Nole fans.

The back to back whoopings were followed up by an unspectacular 24-14 win in Tallahassee, yet another beatdown in Gainesville by a score of 34-8 and then came the 1976 game. This was Bobby Bowden’s introduction to the rivalry, and it went pretty much like his farewell to the rivalry; Florida won. Unfortunately for Gator fans, Bowden would soon get winning figured out.

By the way: FSU’s rushing total in the 1969 game was -18 yards. That’s right. Minus 18 yards.

Part IV: Bowden gets the Noles going, 1977-1980 (FSU 4, Florida 0)

It only took Bowden two years to do something FSU had never done: a double digit win season. This was in 1977, when FSU waltzed into Gainesville and took the Gators apart, 37-9. It wasn’t just the first time FSU had beaten Florida by 28 points; it was the first time FSU had scored 28 points in the rivalry. The Seminoles rode that win to a 10-2 record and a Tangerine Bowl (now the Citrus Bowl) appearance against Texas Tech, who they clobbered 40-17. And for the first time ever, FSU finished a season ranked in the Top 25, checking in at #14.

FSU declined slightly the next year, but that didn’t stop them from picking up their second win in a row over Florida, a 38-21 victory in Tallahassee. The Seminoles then regained their momentum and reached consecutive Orange Bowls in 1979 and 1980 (losing each time), beating Florida twice more along the way. The 1980 game really hurt. Still sniffing a big bowl game after a tough loss to Miami, Florida went up 13-3 on FSU early and held that lead until the third quarter. But FSU QB Rick Stockstill hit Hardis Johnson for a pair of 20 yard touchdown passes to steal a 17-13 win.

However, it’s also noteworthy to point out just how bad Florida was at this time. 1977-1980 was arguably the worst four year stretch in Gator football history. Florida went 18-25-2 in that time span. For perspective, Florida had not been that bad over four years since the 1940’s. And the four year Will Muschamp debacle, during which Florida went 28-21, is the third worst four year stretch in Gator history.

But no matter. It’s about to get fun again.

Part V: Bowden becomes Gator Bait, 1981-1986 (Florida 6, FSU 0)

I objectively find it amusing when FSU fans try to claim that Bobby Bowden owned Florida before what they call the demise of Bowden in 2004 (right, like winning the ACC and making the Orange Bowl in 2005 is such an indication of a coach’s demise. Stop it.) Not only did the Gators beat FSU six straight times in the 2000’s, they also did it in this forgotten period called the 1980’s.

After losing his first two games against FSU (and going 0-10-1 in his first year), Gator coach Charlie Pell pushed the pendulum back the Gators’ way. First came a 35-3 beatdown in 1981 in Gainesville, which leapfrogged the Gators into the Peach Bowl over FSU. That cost the Seminoles what would have been just the second three year bowl streak in program history. The Gators stole the 1982 game, 13-10 in Tallahassee, and then came more bludgeonings.

Anybody ever hear of a guy named Mike Shanahan? Yeah, him. He was the Gators’ offensive coordinator in 1983 under Charlie Pell, and he engineered the single greatest offensive performance by any team in the Florida-FSU rivalry. To their credit, the Seminoles did hold firm for awhile (10-6 in the second quarter), but just like the 2014 FSU team eventually got tired against Oregon, the 1983 team eventually got tired in the Swamp. Shanahan mercilessly exploited FSU’s weak defense by running Neal Anderson left, right, up, down, and all over the field, and when FSU tried to load the box to stop him, he punished the Noles by throwing over the top with Wayne Peace. When it was all said and done, Florida had amassed well over 500 yards and set a record for most points scored in the Florida-FSU rivalry (53) that still stands to this day. Because I like quoting scores, it was 53-14.

After a ho-hum 27-17 win in Tallahassee the ensuing year, it was back to Gainesville in 1985 for yet another Gator rout. This time, it was “only” 38-14. FSU actually came into this game ranked #12, but the Seminoles were once again no match for Galen Hall’s Gator squad, who raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead and cruised from there.

And then came the 1986 game, the last of the six straight Florida wins. The phrase “Bell to Nattiel” is primarily used to describe the famous 97 yard touchdown pass from Kerwin Bell to Ricky Nattiel in the 1984 Florida-Georgia game, but in reality, it’s just as applicable to describe the 1986 Florida-FSU game. The Seminoles clung to a 13-10 lead late in the fourth quarter on a rainy evening in Tallahassee, and were driving to put the game out of reach. The Gator defense stiffened, and forced a field goal attempt- which was blocked. Bell then led the Gators down the field, capping the drive with a 20 yard touchdown pass to Nattiel with 1:39 to go, who emerged from the turf looking kind of like Valdez Showers did when he got tackled on the opening kickoff of the 2014 Florida-Idaho game. Florida’s defense then held on downs and preserved the 17-13 win, Gator fans throughout the stands mocked FSU with a War Chant and Tomahawk Chop, and everybody in orange and blue was happy.

So it would stay that way forever, right?

Part VI: Bowden’s Revenge, 1987-1994 (FSU 7, Florida 1, 1 tie)

It would be morally and journalistically wrong of me to just forget about/ignore the times FSU dominated Florida and not write about them, so let’s just do this and get it over with.

After suffering six consecutive losses to the Gators, Bowden suddenly remembered how to beat them, and launched a four game winning streak in the series. The worst of them was a 52-17 shellacking in Tallahassee in 1988, and it was no coincidence that the Seminoles became a national power during this time; during the four year streak, FSU would win two Fiesta Bowls, a Sugar Bowl and a Blockbuster Bowl (now the Russell Athletic Bowl). Meanwhile, NCAA sanctions chased Galen Hall out of Gainesville in 1989, and he was replaced by Steve Spurrier, who engineered a miraculous turnaround in his first season in 1990. But one of the two blemishes on the 1990 team’s 10-2 record was an ugly 45-30 loss to FSU, in which Florida was only out gained by three yards but committed three turnovers and gave up 147 yards rushing to FSU tailback Amp Lee.

The 1991 game was the only one in this stretch that’s any fun for Gator fans, but it was quite an important one. FSU started the year ranked #1, and held that top spot for most of the season. But in the Seminoles’ second to last game of the year, they were upset by Miami in the first of many “Wide Right” losses to the Hurricanes. So the Seminoles were down, but not out of the national title hunt, sporting a #3 ranking heading into the showdown with Florida. But the 5th ranked Gators killed FSU’s dreams of a national title with a 14-9 upset courtesy of a 73 yard bomb from Shane Matthews to Harrison Houston.

FSU went back to its winning ways in the series with a 45-24 win in Tallahassee in 1992, and continued them in the 1993 game in the Swamp, one that really stings for Gator fans. FSU was up 27-7 after three quarters, but the Gators rallied for two straight touchdowns to cut the margin to six midway through the fourth quarter. It came down to the Gator defense to get one more stop, and they didn’t get it. Instead, Charlie Ward hit Warrick Dunn in the flat, who ran 79 yards for the game clinching touchdown. FSU would go on to win their first national title the ensuing January.

But that 1993 loss as nothing compared to what happened in 1994. It’s true, Florida didn’t lose the game, but that’s the only reason the 1994 Florida-FSU game is not known as the single most devastating collapse in college football history (the 2006 Insight Bowl holds that distinction). Despite the fact that I was just eight months old at the time and thus don’t personally remember it, this remains the most horrifying performance by any of my favorite teams in my lifetime. If you’re even a casual fan of either team, you know the story: Florida was up 31-3 in the fourth quarter, and Danny Kanell led the Seminoles all the way back to force a 31-31 tie. Because there was no overtime in college football back then, the teams were forced to settle the matter in that year’s Sugar Bowl- which FSU won 23-17 thanks to a reverse touchdown pass from Dunn to Omar Ellison.

Luckily, Steve Spurrier would have an answer.

Part VII: An orange and blue oasis, 1995-1997 (Florida 3, FSU 1)

It’s true that the Head Ball Coach was mostly unsuccessful against FSU in his Gator coaching career. I say mostly, and not totally, because of this little three year stretch- one that, upon mere mention, still holds the power to make FSU fans spontaneously combust.

First came the 1995 game. #6 FSU, #3 Florida, in the Swamp. National championship dreams on the line for both teams (albeit FSU’s were much smaller than Florida’s). Scott Bentley kicked an early field goal to spot FSU a 3-0 lead, but then the Gators unleashed three years and four games worth of frustration on FSU, exploding for 28 points in a 20-minute span that knocked the Seminoles down for the count. Down 28-6 in the third quarter, FSU tried to rally. Dunn punched his way in to cut the lead to 28-14 with the ensuing two point conversion. But Danny Wuerffel landed the knockout punch with a 74-yard strike to Ike Hilliard on the very next play. The Gators, who ended up with a whopping 537 yards on the day (443 through the air from Wuerffel), did allow FSU to score the final 10 points, but unlike the year before, their defense slammed the door shut before it got too close by picking off Kanell on his last two possessions to secure a 35-24 win, relieving Florida fans of the worry that Spurrier would never again beat his Thanksgiving weekend rival.

Then there was the 1996 game in Tallahassee. Um, yeah, about that. This was a #1 vs. #2 game, meaning the hype preceding the 1995 game paled in comparison to this one. But the top ranked Gators struggled early; Danny Wuerffel threw three interceptions and Peter Boulware blocked a Florida punt. The Noles exchanged those presents for a 17-0 lead. Wuerffel tried to lead Florida back, cutting the lead down to 24-21 with three touchdown passes. But the onside kick following the third one went out of bounds and FSU survived. Also worth pointing out about this game is that Steve Spurrier accused FSU of hitting Wuerffel late; Bowden even admitted his players were taught to hit “until the echo of the whistle,” a statement that I’m sure Spurrier took well.

Then there was the 1997 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Um, yeah, about that. This was a rematch of Florida and FSU for the national title, meaning the 24-21 FSU win five weeks earlier meant nothing. This was it. The national championship game, thanks to Ohio State upsetting Arizona State in the Rose Bowl. Credit where due: FSU hung around for a little while. It was 24-20 midway through the third quarter. And then the Gators must have decided that they were simply tired of losing to Florida State, and ready to win a national title. FSU probably can’t remember what happened next. It’s just as well.

Danny Wuerffel and Co. matched FSU’s 28 straight two years earlier with 28 straight of their own. The difference was, this time, Florida was already winning when the barrage started. By the time the toothless Tribe finally staggered into the locker room… get ready for this… they had surrendered the most points in Sugar Bowl history- a mark that still stands and has only been challenged once … by Florida, in 2009- and suffered their most lopsided bowl loss in school history, a distinction that held until Oregon clobbered them 59-20 in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day of 2015. And just because I love quoting scores… this one was 52-20. Most of you reading this probably already know that, but I just felt like throwing the score in there for the hell of it (and because FSU fans like to remind Gator fans that they won the original meeting, and thus they shouldn’t have had to play again, or some such nonsense).

So that’s going to be pretty tough to beat in terms of pure awesomeness, right? Well, the 1997 game didn’t quite top it, but it may have matched it. FSU came into the game ranked #1 in the country, undefeated and sniffing a national title. Florida, for its part, was by all intents and purposes eliminated from national championship contention. But that didn’t mean the Gators couldn’t spoil FSU’s fun. A back and forth game found FSU leading 26-25 with under three minutes left. Sebastian Janikowski kicked an insurance field goal with two and a half minutes left to make it 29-25, and then did the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen late in a football game. He did the Gator Chomp.

Straight down the field went Florida following the Gator Chomp, 80 yards in three plays. A bomb from Doug Johnson to Jacquez Green picked up 62 and put the ball at the FSU 18. Fred Taylor then picked up 17 more on a draw play to put the ball on the shadow of the goal line. And then Taylor finished it off himself with a one yard touchdown run to put Florida up with under two minutes to go. FSU had one more chance, but Dwayne Thomas picked off Thad Busby to seal the deal. 32-29. Final. Upset complete. National title hopes destroyed.

Unfortunately, there’s a reason this chapter is only four games long.

Part VIII: Bowden regains FSU’s momentum, 1998-2003 (FSU 5, Florida 1)

We’re taught that quality, and not quantity is what’s most important. The quality of the three Florida wins from 1995-97 best the quantity of losses Steve Spurrier suffered to FSU. Nevertheless, those losses happened, and the back end of them fall into this next time period.

Before the 1998 game, a fight broke out between Gator safety Tony George and several FSU walk-ons, all of whom were ejected. Not a good trade off for Florida. That spawned a full scale brawl at midfield between the two teams, during which Doug Johnson fired a ball at Bobby Bowden. Johnson later apologized and said he had no target for the ball, he just fired it randomly. The fact that FSU won the game 23-12 is a mere side note to the pre-game fight. Johnson’s 50 yard bomb to Travis McGriff to start the game was about the only thing that went well for Florida all day, which managed a meager 204 yards of total offense in the defeat.

The Gators appeared to be in great shape in the 1999 game when Bennie Alexander picked off Chris Weinke and took it 43 yards to the house to make it 16-13 midway in the third … and then they totally collapsed as FSU ran off 17 unanswered to take an insurmountable 30-16 lead. After the #1 ranked Seminoles won 30-23, they headed to the Gator F at midfield for a post game dance, which sparked another fight, albeit a brief one. The Seminoles would ride that win to their second national title, and then ran their streak to three with a 30-7 romp over the Gators in 2000.

2001 proved to be a break in the pattern of FSU dominance, as well as Steve Spurrier’s farewell to the rivalry. So of course, he went out in style. The Gators dominated the game, running out to a 34-13 lead late in the fourth quarter, but that wasn’t good enough for the Head Ball Coach. Of course, being Spurrier, he rubbed it in with a totally unnecessary field goal in one of the few moments he was actually in a position to do so (or maybe he still remembered the 1994 game), making the final 37-13.

Then Spurrier left, Ron Zook arrived, and things got bad again for Florida. A 31-14 FSU win in 2002 welcomed the ill-fated Zooker to the rivalry, and the 2003 game marked the beginning of the end of his Gator tenure. Trailing 31-27 with 2:59 to go, freshman QB Chris Leak hit Ben Troupe in the back of the end zone for a 26 yard touchdown to put Florida up 34-31. All the Gators had to do was get one more stop- and it looked like they would as they pushed FSU backward to force a 4th and 14. But FSU QB Chris Rix hit Dominic Robinson down the middle of the field for a first down, and on the very next play, heaved a bomb that PK Sam grabbed in the end zone as he was falling down. FSU 38, Florida 34, final.

But oh, that wasn’t enough fun for the Seminoles. FSU players then stormed the field and started jumping up and down on the midfield F again, only this time it triggered a legitimate bench clearing brawl. Helmets came off, punches were thrown, and FSU brought out the Gator head and paraded around with it like it was the key to eternal life. Let this be a lesson for future FSU players: let sleeping dogs lie.

Part IX: Ron Zook Field and Urban renewal, 2004-2009 (Florida 6, FSU 0)

No matter how well you plan things, they just don’t always go the way you anticipated. FSU learned this lesson in a rather heartbreaking fashion in 2004, when a 6-4 Florida team limped into Doak Campbell Stadium and claimed Bobby Bowden night for themselves. Just like they’d done in 1997, Florida totally spoiled what was supposed to be a special night for the 8th ranked Seminoles, not only ruining the moment of renaming of their turf to Bobby Bowden Field, but costing them a BCS Bowl berth as well.

What made this game so amazing was that FSU never led, and never even had it tied after Florida scored first. Chris Leak established from the get-go that this would be Florida’s night, and even though the defense once again got burned by Chris Rix, they stood tall when they were needed the most. Jarvis Herring picked off Rix with 10 seconds to go and the party was on, complete with Tomahawk Chops, midfield dancing (how do you like it?) and Zook’s victory ride around Doak Campbell Stadium to punctuate the 20-13 win.

Then the drubbings resumed. 2005 marked Urban Meyer’s arrival in Gainesville, and he welcomed himself to the rivalry by destroying FSU 34-7 in Gainesville. Florida was actually outgained by 50 yards, but a blocked field goal that Reggie Lewis returned 53 yards for a touchdown and four FSU turnovers removed any possibility of the Seminoles winning the game. The 21-14 win in Tallahassee the ensuing year was satisfying enough- ugly as it was, it was a win- but the three games from 2007-2009 were exponentially more enjoyable. The Gators sledgehammered the Seminoles by scores of 45-12 in 2007, 45-15 in 2008 and 37-10 in 2009; insert your FSU fans can’t do math joke here, but that’s a composite score of 127-37 over those three years. FSU was nothing more than Tim Tebow’s punching bag, surrendering 14 touchdowns, nearly 1,000 yards and seemingly half of the garnet paint in their end zone to the Gators’ Mr. Everything. Along the way, Florida won a pair of national championships in 2006 and 2008, making life even more fun.

And while we’re on the subject, the 2005 and 2009 games weren’t as close as those scores suggest. In each game, FSU scored a touchdown against Florida’s backups when the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt. This is what I meant back in the “Huff the Magic Quarterback” game. FSU is great at scoring touchdowns when nobody cares if they score touchdowns and/or when scoring touchdowns are wholly irrelevant in the grand scheme of things and have no chance of impacting the game’s outcome. But consolation touchdowns were all they had against Florida during this time frame. Unfortunately, that hasn’t held true since.

Part X: Jimbo’s Reign of Terror, 2010-2017 (FSU 7, Florida 1)

It took nearly two thirds of a century, but at long last, FSU found a head coach who could not only not finish with a losing record to Florida, but completely and utterly dominate the Gators. To briefly tease the fans, Florida actually jumped out to a 7-3 lead early in the 2010 game, but an avalanche of mistakes came back to bite them in a 31-7 loss and the Seminoles were off and running in what was by far their best eight year stretch in rivalry history. Throughout this stretch, even when FSU had obvious deficiencies as a team, and displayed them front and center against Florida, the Gators somehow managed to be even worse. in a 21-7 loss. The Seminoles only gained a paltry 95 yards of offense, but that didn’t matter because Seminole defensive backs gained more than that on interception returns in what may have been the single ugliest Florida-FSU game of all time.

The 2012 game may have just been a mean tease, but thankfully the Gators pulled it out and avoided the ultimate ignobility of going 0-for-the-Jimbo Fisher era. Florida took advantage of a bunch of turnovers to take a 13-0 lead, but to continue the pattern of the previous two years, that lead quickly vanished as the Seminoles ran off 20 straight points. After the Gators finally got back on track with a field goal, FSU then launched another drive and appeared poised to put the game away. But with 11:15 left in the game, Antonio Morrison nearly killed a scrambling EJ Manuel and knocked the ball loose. Florida recovered, Mike Gillislee scored a touchdown on the very next play and the rout was on. Florida scored 24 unanswered to shock FSU and win going away. But cue the consolation touchdown thing once more; Florida’s 37-26 win was more lopsided than that score suggests, as Manuel dove into the end zone with zeroes across the clock, leading to Jaylen Watkins masquerading as the official and signaling “touchdown” with his arms while Louchiez Purifoy mockingly pointed at the scoreboard

I hope reading this extensive historical analysis has been fun, because the next five games were anything but. There have been beatdowns of 27-2, 37-7, 31-13 and 38-22 from FSU in the last half decade to help re-establish dominance in a time period in which the Seminoles were consistently elite and the Gators ranged from mediocre to downright garbage.

But the real lowpoint- the game that best describes the current state of the rivalry was 2014, a game in which literally everything that could have gone wrong for FSU went wrong- and yet they won anyway. A returning Heisman Trophy winner and meta-Tim Tebow named Jameis Winston threw four picks in that game. FOUR. Unfortunately, Will Muschamp’s team’s mastery of self destruction proved greater than Winston’s, as all they could do with those goodies was kick field goals. Well, except for that one play that Tevin “Clank” Westbrook turned into a touchdown by deflecting it right into the hands of Terrance Smith, who ran it all… the… way… 96 yards… for a touchdown immediately following Winston’s third interception, one thrown from his own end zone. That unbelievable failure to take advantage of a golden opportunity, as well as Brian Poole’s ill-fated interior cut on an interception return proved costly in a 24-19 FSU win.

And that brings us to the here and now.

Part XI: The present and future (Florida 1, FSU 0)

Enter Dan Mullen, and the rivalry immediately flipped 180 degrees. After 42 consecutive years of employing national championship winning coaches, FSU made the grave mistake of hiring Willie Taggart, and Mullen made them pay dearly for their insolence with an unforgettable 41-14 annihilation in Tallahassee. Never mind the fact that the win snapped a five game FSU winning streak in the series; because FSU came into the contest at 5-6, the beatdown also snapped the Seminoles’ streaks of 36 consecutive bowl games and 41 consecutive winning seasons. Four decades of continuous success and pride, all up in smoke amid a planted Gator flag in the end zone, a few blades of grass ripped off the playing field as a souvenir, and Chauncey Gardner Johnson cutting off Chief Osceola’s head and dancing with it like a prom date.

Predictably, Taggart was not long for the FSU, and was fired midway through the 2019 season after FSU suffered another blowout loss at home to a rival, this time a 27-10 beatdown at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes. Logic and Las Vegas suggest that the Gators shouldn’t have much of a problem breaking its four game losing streak to the Seminoles in the Swamp and improving its overall streak in the series to two, and looking beyond this year, it objectively feels like the Gators are about to begin a nice run of dominance of their own in the series in the coming years.

As a program, FSU is in shambles right now. Their recently fired coach was a punchline for college football fans around the country. The Seminoles’ 2019 recruiting class sits 19th and their 2020 class sits at 18th nationally, and for perspective to those who think that’s not that bad, no FSU recruiting class has been ranked lower than 11th in the country since 2008; not coincidentally, FSU had just suffered through back to back six loss seasons in the two years prior to that class arriving. The few serviceable players the Noles do have this year- defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, running back Cam Akers and receiver Tamorrion Terry- are all most likely gone after this year. Even if FSU does hire the right guy this time, the cleanup job ahead of Taggart’s successor seems to be so daunting that it could take even Nick Saban several years to have them where they want to be.

That’s how rivalries tend to go. They’re all cyclical in nature, and recently Florida and FSU have sat on opposite sides of the seesaw, enjoying periods of about a half decade or so at the top of college football world as their archrivals suffered through some down stretches. Mullen may have some work to do this offseason to get the Gators over the Georgia- and the SEC East- hump, but there’s no debating that Florida has the upper hand as a program right now.

Then again, upsets do happen, particularly in rivalry games. And there’s no better formula for one than the underdog playing with a high level of emotion as FSU is sure to do with longtime Seminoles assistant-turned-interim coach O’Dell Haggins getting ready to take his first and probably only shot at the Gators as a head coach. Do remember that there’s a precedent for that exact genre of weirdness in this rivalry, as in 2004 a 6-4 Florida team walked into Tallahassee and spoiled the naming of FSU’s home turf in Bobby Bowden’s name, upsetting the 8th ranked Seminoles 20-13 in fired coach Ron Zook’s final game.

Of course, that’s clearly not the most likely outcome, but the point is that, as is the case with most rivalries, we’re just going to have to wait until the game is finally played to find out. But one of two things are certainly going to happen, though: Florida is either going to formally bury their misery  from the Jimbo Fisher era with a second straight win in the series (and the first in Gainesville since 2009), or FSU is going to pull its rough equivalent of Florida’s Ron Zook led upset in 2004.

Either way, the winner of the 2019 game will never forget it.

LB Ventrell Miller will return to Gators in 2022

LB Ventrell Miller will return to Gators in 2022

Florida linebacker Ventrell Miller was supposed to be a key piece on the Gators' 2021 defense. But before he'd even played a conference game, he suffered an injury that prematurely pulled the plug on his season. It appears as though he's set to make up for that lost...

WR Justin Shorter to return to Florida in 2022

WR Justin Shorter to return to Florida in 2022

Florida's offense may be losing some skill position players, but now we know that at least one of them with an ambivalent future is coming back: Justin Shorter. Shorter announced on twitter that he plans to return in 2022, simply stating: "Unfinished business....

Way too early Florida Gators 2022 game by game projections

Way too early Florida Gators 2022 game by game projections

The 2021 Florida Gators football season could not possibly have ended soon enough. Now that it's officially, mercifully over, it's time to look ahead to the 2022 Florida Gators! For Florida, the schedule is a unique one. Reigning Pac-12 champ Utah comes to town to...

Ohio State QB Jack Miller transfers to Florida

Ohio State QB Jack Miller transfers to Florida

Florida lost a prospective member of its QB room when Nick Evers decommitted, but made up for that loss today with the addition of Jack Miller. Miller, who signed with Ohio State out of high school as a member of the Buckeyes' 2020 recruiting class, entered the...

What does Kamari Wilson bring to the table for Florida?

What does Kamari Wilson bring to the table for Florida?

Yesterday, Kamari Wilson made waves throughout the recruiting world when he decommitted from Georgia and flipped to Florida on Signing Day. Yes, there's an element of head-to-head victory for Gator fans, who can now boast to Georgia fans about how they are now a real...

Four star safety Devin Moore commits to Florida

Four star safety Devin Moore commits to Florida

Arguably by design, the Florida Gators’ 2022 recruiting class came apart at the seams in the wake of Dan Mullen’s firing. As the sun rose on Early Signing Day, the first major piece of Billy Napier’s transition class fell into place with Devin Moore. Moore, a four...

Class of 2022 Early Signing Day Tracker

Class of 2022 Early Signing Day Tracker

Welcome to our Class of 2022 Early Signing Day tracker! As we have done in previous years, this page will serve as a hub of activity for the Florida Gators on the first day of the Early Signing Period for the 2022 recruiting cycle. In contrast to previous years,...

Florida Gators hire Billy Napier as head football coach

Florida Gators hire Billy Napier as head football coach

(Photo credit: Chuck Cook, AP) The Florida Gators have a new head football coach, and his name is Billy Napier. Multiple sources say that Florida fired Dan Mullen with direct and specific intentions of hiring Billy Napier. Florida did have backup options in place, but...

It’s over: Dan Mullen is out as Florida’s head coach

It’s over: Dan Mullen is out as Florida’s head coach

Eighteen hours after an overtime loss to Missouri, the Dan Mullen era at Florida is officially over, according to multiple sources and corroborated by numerous additional reports. The firing is effective immediately. Greg Knox will serve as the interim head coach for...

An Open Letter To Dan Mullen: This Is Your Last Shot

An Open Letter To Dan Mullen: This Is Your Last Shot

Dear Dan Mullen, It's crazy how fast time can fly and how quickly things can change. You were the guy who called the offensive plays for two of the three national championships the Gator football team has ever won. You were the guy who developed Tim Tebow into a...

Black Sunday: Todd Grantham, John Hevesy are out at Florida

Black Sunday: Todd Grantham, John Hevesy are out at Florida

What should have been done immediately was done eventually, to borrow and twist a line from Jeremy Foley. News broke on Sunday evening that defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive line coach John Hevesy are done at Florida. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports was...

It’s time for the Florida Gators to fire Dan Mullen

It’s time for the Florida Gators to fire Dan Mullen

UPDATE: Florida has now parted ways with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive line coach John Hevesy. This goes against over a decade of data that suggested that Dan Mullen would never do so. Does it change things? Kind of, but not really; Mullen still...

Dear Dan Mullen: Show Me

Dear Dan Mullen: Show Me

The Florida Gators are set to do battle with archrival Georgia once again, but the script to this year's Cocktail Party seems eerily familiar. And the onus is on Dan Mullen to deviate from that script. Remember? Four years ago, speculation was swirling about the job...

Four star WR Jayden Gibson commits to Florida

Four star WR Jayden Gibson commits to Florida

Dan Mullen and the Gators have just picked up a commitment from wide receiver Jayden Gibson, a consensus four star wide receiver from West Orange, FL. And thus, the Gators' 2022 recruiting class is really starting to come along. Gibson announced his decision on CBS...

Gameday Tidbits: Florida Gators vs. Vanderbilt

Gameday Tidbits: Florida Gators vs. Vanderbilt

The Florida Gators, who are coming off a heartbreaking 13-20 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats need to bounce back this weekend in the Swamp.  Quite frankly, it should be very difficult for Florida to not bounce back against a very bad Vanderbilt football team. To put...

2022 DT Jamari Lyons commits to Florida

2022 DT Jamari Lyons commits to Florida

Florida's 2022 recruiting class got off to a fairly slow start, but has picked up some steam tonight with the addition of four star defensive tackle Jamari Lyons. Lyons, out of Melbourne and Viera High School, chose the Gators over South Carolina, Indiana, and...

Gameday: Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats

Gameday: Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats

Tonight, the Florida Gators face the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington. This will be Florida’s first true road test of the season in what should be an incredibly hostile environment.  The Gators look to continue to roll through the SEC East as they take on division foe,...

Emory Jones deserves respect. Period.

Emory Jones deserves respect. Period.

  We are now just a few days from Emory Jones’ first true road test as a starting quarterback. And though the concept is fairly obvious to some, it's not to others, so it's worth diving into in more depth: he deserves respect for how far he’s come from the...

Game day: Florida Gators vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Game day: Florida Gators vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Tonight, the Florida Gators face the Tennessee Volunteers in a primetime showdown in the Swamp. This time, the Gators look to bounce back from a narrow defeat by the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Though Tennessee is not the Tennessee of Old, we still expect this to be an...

Game day: Florida Gators vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Game day: Florida Gators vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Finally, the day has come! Today the #11 Florida Gators will battle the #1 Alabama Crimson tide in a matchup of epic proportions. Florida fans circled this game in anticipation since the announcement came that Alabama would once again return to the Swamp. This is a...

Florida LB Ventrell Miller out for the season

Florida LB Ventrell Miller out for the season

Florida's defense took a hit last Saturday when linebacker Ventrell Miller suffered an unknown injury in the Gators' 42-20 win over South Florida. That injury was subsequently deemed to be an elbow injury, but the exact nature- and the exact severity- of the injury...

Five takeaways from the Florida Gators’ 42-20 win over USF

Five takeaways from the Florida Gators’ 42-20 win over USF

The Florida Gators exploded for a 35-3 lead midway through the second quarter, and from there, cruised to a 42-20 win over South Florida. What stood out in the process? 1: Florida's got issues, but it could be so much worse Rarely will I ever waste one of these five...

Game day: Florida Gators at South Florida Bulls Preview

Game day: Florida Gators at South Florida Bulls Preview

Gameday is once again upon us! This time, the Florida Gators will face the South Florida Bulls in a quasi-road game where the stands promise to feature as much orange and blue as green and gold- if not more. Amidst what some people deem to be a quarterback controversy...

Five takeaways from Florida Gators’ 35-14 win over FAU

Five takeaways from Florida Gators’ 35-14 win over FAU

The Florida Gators knocked off FAU 35-14 to begin the 2021 season, but left much to be desired. So: what stuck out along the way? (Aside: I'll be keeping these "five takeaways" pieces short and sweet throughout the season in order to get more stuff written each week.)...

Game day: Florida Gators vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Preview

Game day: Florida Gators vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Preview

Alas, we have reached game day for the Florida Gators. It is finally here! Enough of the talk. Enough of the pre-season predictions. For the first time since last December, we have a game to talk about today. Tonight at 7:30 PM, the Swamp will have 80,000+ for the...

It’s Emory Jones’ turn. His time. And his team.

It’s Emory Jones’ turn. His time. And his team.

Photo credit: USA Today Flash back to almost four years ago, December 20, 2017. It's the day that Emory Jones signed with the Florida Gators, which planted a seed for a career that has, for the most part, remained dormant- until now. Not too long before a letter of...

Florida’s Andrew Chatfield enters transfer portal

Florida’s Andrew Chatfield enters transfer portal

Photo credit: Evan Lepak, UAA Communications Florida linebacker/defensive end Andrew Chatfield has decided to enter the transfer portal. In doing so, he becomes the third Gators defender who has logged reps at linebacker to do so this offseason after James Houston IV...

Snapshot: 2021 Florida-FSU chart

Snapshot: 2021 Florida-FSU chart

Happy Chart Day! Yep, it's that time of year again. The annual In All Kinds Of Weather tradition of "The Florida FSU chart" is back in 2021. For those who are not familiar with "The Chart," every year since 2014, I have been laying out all the dizzying array of ways...

OT David Conner commits to Florida

OT David Conner commits to Florida

Photo via David Conner Florida’s offensive line play has been suspect at best these past few years, and the Gators’ 2022 recruiting class has been somewhat stuck in reverse so far. Both of those things got a nice boost today with the commitment of offensive tackle...

LB EJ Lightsey commits to Florida

LB EJ Lightsey commits to Florida

Photo credit: Keith Niebuhr, 247Sports Linebacker EJ Lightsey (Fitzgerald, GA/Fitzgerald) has just become the newest member of the Gators' 2022 recruiting class. He announced the decision on twitter this morning. Though Florida's fan base does have a propensity to...

Florida CB Jaydon Hill tears ACL, will miss 2021 season

Florida CB Jaydon Hill tears ACL, will miss 2021 season

Photo credit: John Raoux, AP A big part of the small amount of depth the Florida Gators had in its secondary is now gone for the season, as cornerback Jaydon Hill has torn his ACL. Hill suffered the injury in practice on Sunday. Rumblings that Hill would miss the...

Florida Gators 2021 Summer Position Preview: Defensive line

Florida Gators 2021 Summer Position Preview: Defensive line

Photo credit: Brad McClenny, USA Today Having completed the position by position preview of the Florida Gators' offense last month, it's time to turn our attention to the other side of the ball: the defense. It was, for lack of a nicer possible way to put it, awful in...

Four star RB Terrance Gibbs commits to Florida

Four star RB Terrance Gibbs commits to Florida

Photo via Terrance Gibbs The Gators have finally landed a top running back out of high school as opposed to the portal, as Terrance Gibbs (Winter Park, FL/Winter Park HS) has committed to Florida. Though Gibbs is only rated as a four star by both Rivals and 247Sports,...

2023 TE Mac Markway commits to Florida

2023 TE Mac Markway commits to Florida

Photo via Mac Markway Tim Brewster has landed another one for the Florida Gators, raiding the Show Me State for a Mac Markway, tight end that schools across the country wanted. Markway, a consensus four star target from St. Louis, chose Florida over Ohio State and...

Report: Florida, UCF close in on two-for-one football series

Report: Florida, UCF close in on two-for-one football series

Photo credit: Phil Sandlin, AP UPDATE: the social media teams of Florida and Central Florida have officially announced the three game series, confirming details of reports listed below. The original story begins below. UCF Knights fans' dreams of playing the Florida...

Florida Gators 2021 Pre-Summer position analysis: tight ends

Florida Gators 2021 Pre-Summer position analysis: tight ends

Photo credit: Courtney Culbreath, University of Florida After a bit of a hiatus, our position by position breakdown of the Florida Gators football roster resumes today with a look at Tim Brewster's tight end room. (Apologies for the delay. Long story. But we're back...

ATH Jamarrien Burt commits to Florida

ATH Jamarrien Burt commits to Florida

After laying dormant for quite some time, the Gators' 2022 recruiting class is picking up some steam at last. A mere four days after Florida added a pair of commitments from linebacker Shemar James and wide receiver Chandler Smith, athlete Jamarrien Burt has joined...

Athletic four star LB Shemar James commits to Florida

Athletic four star LB Shemar James commits to Florida

Photo credit: Scott Donaldson, preps@al.com Florida's 2022 recruiting class just gained perhaps its most highly touted piece yet, as consensus four star linebacker Shemar James announced his commitment this afternoon. James- out of Mobile, AL/Faith Academy- was...

Four star DB Julian Humphrey commits to Florida

Four star DB Julian Humphrey commits to Florida

Photo via TexAgs Not even three months after poaching QB Nick Evers from the Lone Star State, Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators rode west to Texas once again and pulled out another stud in Julian Humphrey, a consensus four star prospect from the Houston metropolitan...

Underrated three star WR Isaiah Bond commits to Florida

Underrated three star WR Isaiah Bond commits to Florida

Photo via Isaiah Bond After a lull the past couple months, the Gators are making moves with their 2022 recruiting class again, this time adding wide receiver Isaiah Bond. https://twitter.com/isaiahbond_/status/1391513186566819845?s=20 247Sports credits Billy Gonzales...

Florida Gators 2021 NFL Draft primer

Florida Gators 2021 NFL Draft primer

Photo credit: Kim Klement, USA Today Happy NFL Draft Day, Florida Gators fans! Today is the day where 32 former college football stars take the first step towards making their lifelong dreams of playing in the NFL a reality. That, of course, will include former Gators...

(Unofficial) results from Florida’s NFL Pro Day

(Unofficial) results from Florida’s NFL Pro Day

Photo credit: Florida Gators Due to the cancellation of the Gators' spring football game, the Florida Gators Pro Day was the closest thing to live football we're going to get this offseason. Luckily for the fans- and much more importantly, themselves- several...

Who should replace Mike White at Florida? (2021 version)

Who should replace Mike White at Florida? (2021 version)

Photo credit: John E. Moore, Getty Images A year ago, after Mike White's coaching malpractice pushed me over the edge for good, I wrote about all the laundry list of candidates I would love to see Florida replace Mike White with. After his horrifying late game...

TE CJ Hawkins commits to Florida

TE CJ Hawkins commits to Florida

Image via 247Sports The Gators got off to a slow start with their 2022 recruiting class. But with the addition of CJ Hawkins, it's officially picking up steam. Hawkins, a tight end out of Tampa, FL/Berkeley Prep, committed to Florida over South Carolina. The Gators...

Athletic OT Tony Livingston commits to Florida

Athletic OT Tony Livingston commits to Florida

Image via BuckeyePlanet.com Florida picked up a major boost for its 2022 recruiting class with the addition of Tony Livingston. Livingston, a consensus four star offensive tackle from Tampa, FL/Carrolwood Day announced his decision on twitter this evening. He also had...

2022 QB Nick Evers commits to Florida

2022 QB Nick Evers commits to Florida

Image via TexAgs.com Coaches will tell you that in every recruiting class, signing a quarterback is a need. For the Gators' 2022 class, Dan Mullen just filled that need in the name of Nick Evers, who just committed with an announcement on twitter. Evers is a consensus...

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 3/2 practice

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 3/2 practice

Photo credit: Florida Gators/@GatorsFB The Gators held Day 6 of spring practice today, and as has been the case for several of the prior practices, the program decided to open it up (virtually) to the public, and streamed most of the reps live on the team's Instagram...

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 2/26 practice

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 2/26 practice

Day five of full pads. (Image via Florida Gators.) For the third time this week, the Florida Gators football team held a virtual open practice, streaming most of the day's work on Instagram live for all to see. Here are all the videos I managed to capture from Friday...

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 2/24 practice

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 2/24 practice

Jason Marshall vs. Xzavier Henderson: something we'll be seeing a lot of in practice for a very, very long time. (Photo credit: Florida Gators) For the second time this week, the Gator football program virtually opened its practice to the public on its Instagram page,...

Videos: highlights from Gator football’s 2/22 practice

Screenshot from Florida's practice today (via Florida Gators) Dan Mullen and the Florida Gator football team hit the field for practice today as usual. One thing that made today's practice different from a lot of the Gators' other practices, though, was that today's...

Kicker Adam Mihalek commits to Florida

Kicker Adam Mihalek commits to Florida

Image via Adam Mihalek The Florida Gators snuck in one last addition to their 2021 recruiting class at the last second: kicker Adam Mihalek. Mihalek, a local from Tampa, has announced his intentions to stay close to home and attend the University of Florida as a...

Four star 2022 DE Francois Nolton commits to Florida

Four star 2022 DE Francois Nolton commits to Florida

With the Gators' 2021 recruiting class all wrapped up, Dan Mullen and his staff have gone to work setting up their 2022 class. https://twitter.com/99_nolton/status/1357739221822418945?s=20 Francois Nolton, a 6'4, 225 lb. four star defensive end from Miami, has...

COVID forces Gator basketball game vs. LSU to be postponed

COVID forces Gator basketball game vs. LSU to be postponed

After an embarrassing home loss to South Carolina two nights ago, the Gator basketball program will have to wait a little longer to get back on the court. Per an SEC press release, Mike White's team is experiencing another COVID outbreak: The Florida at LSU men's...

Gators land former LSU five star TE Arik Gilbert

Gators land former LSU five star TE Arik Gilbert

Dan Mullen remains undefeated in the NCAA transfer portal with the addition of Arik Gilbert. And now, a year after Florida lost unanimous All-American tight end Kyle Pitts to the NFL, the Gators may not miss a beat at that position. Gilbert, a former five star tight...

Way too early 2021 Gator football game-by-game projections

Way too early 2021 Gator football game-by-game projections

With the Florida Gators' 2021 schedule released yesterday, I thought it would be worth taking my first shot at what's become fans' favorite offseason ritual: projecting Florida's record. And in order to have a final record projection, you have to go game by game in...

Florida Gators’ 2021 football schedule revealed

Florida Gators’ 2021 football schedule revealed

When the SEC first pieced together a twelve year football schedule rotation in 2014 that dictated which teams would play who from the other division, the Florida Gators knew that they'd be hosting Alabama as their cross-division opponent in 2021. But now, following...

Gators complete coaching staff with Jules Montinar

Gators complete coaching staff with Jules Montinar

UPDATE: Florida has officially announced Jules Montinar as the newest member of the Gator football staff. https://twitter.com/GatorsFB/status/1353802427313618945?s=20 (Initial story begins below.) With linebackers coach Christian Robinson presumably staying at...

Auburn DL Daquan Newkirk transfers to Florida

Auburn DL Daquan Newkirk transfers to Florida

DaQuan Newkirk is coming home. Daquan Newkirk has decided to return home (or close to it) for his final year of eligibility. And thus, Florida's shaky offseason took a step in the right direction. https://twitter.com/holdthat_2/status/1349757297782829056?s=20 Once a...

Florida LB James Houston to enter transfer portal

Florida LB James Houston to enter transfer portal

Best of luck to James Houston as he searches for a new home. James Houston IV, a junior linebacker from Fort Lauderdale, has told me that he will be entering the transfer portal. Houston was known for making a few of the bigger defensive plays of the last couple of...

Keyontae Johnson placed into medically induced coma

Keyontae Johnson placed into medically induced coma

Keyontae Johnson has been placed into a medically induced coma, according to the USA Today, who spoke with Johnson's grandfather. His grandfather, Larry DeJarnett said in a phone interview that his grandson was transported to Gainesville earlier today after receiving...

Florida vs Tennessee: Film Review – Defense

Florida’s 2020 season has overall been a successful one by most measures. The Gators are 8-1, ranked in the top ten in every major poll and are four wins away from securing the program’s fourth national title. But in order to obtain that national title, there’s a lot...

Several Gators listed as national award semifinalists

Florida's efforts on the field have been rewarded in the sense that the Gators now control their own destiny to SEC and national championships. But for several players, their efforts are being rewarded in more individual manners, too. Four Gators have been listed as...

Rocky Slop: Florida takes down Tennessee to clinch SEC East

The day Dan Mullen was introduced as the Gators’ new head coach, he talked at length about giving relentless effort in all he did to restore the program to a championship level. Last night on Rocky Top, his Gators took a major step toward doing so. Heisman front...

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 31-19 win over Tennessee

Florida didn't play especially well, but did more than enough to beat Tennessee and wrap up the SEC East for the first time since 2016. What were the major takeaways from the game? Florida simply does not have a running game Tennessee came into the game with a five...

Photo Gallery from Florida’s 34-10 win over Kentucky

As we anticipate tomorrow's road matchup with Tennessee,  let’s take one more look back at last week’s game against Kentucky. Our podcast host, Dustin Smith, happens to also be a fantastic photographer. He was at the game last Saturday, and got some great photos of...

Florida RB Iverson Clement will transfer

Florida's deep stable of running backs has just gotten a little thinner. Iverson Clement, a junior tailback from Mount Holly, NJ, has decided to transfer. He departs from Florida having carried the ball twelve times for 94 yards. He nearly scored a touchdown against...

Gators make belated Thanksgiving feast out of Wildcats

Florida was missing key pieces on both sides of the ball a week ago in a sluggish 38-17 win over Vanderbilt. The Gators got them both back today, and the result was fairly similar: Florida struggled for a half against a historically inferior divisional opponent,...

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 34-10 win over Kentucky

It took awhile for Florida to get itself going, but they eventually did do exactly that and rolled away from Kentucky. What stood out in the victory? A tale of two halves Florida's offense was stuck in reverse for most of the first half, mustering a grand total of...

No. 6 Gators overcome sluggish start to run past Vandy

Florida arrived at Vanderbilt’s small stadium a mere hour and two minutes before kickoff, determined to avoid the cramped quarters in the visitors’ locker room at all costs and intent on spending as little time on the premises as they had to. Then the Gators took the...

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 38-17 win over Vanderbilt

It wasn’t pretty, but Florida fought off a tough challenge from Vanderbilt and got out of Nashville with a 38-17 win. What stuck out in the victory? The defense is still a problem. Yes, Florida played better on defense after a miserable first quarter, and sure,...

Photo Gallery from Florida’s 63-35 win over Arkansas

Before we look ahead to Vanderbilt tomorrow, let's take one more look back at last week's game against Arkansas. Our podcast host, Dustin Smith, happens to also be a fantastic photographer. He was at the game last Saturday night, and got some great photos of various...

Trask, Gators run Hogwild in blowout of Arkansas

Trask, Gators run Hogwild in blowout of Arkansas

Feleipe Franks’ dramatic return to the Swamp was the story of the day when his Arkansas Razorbacks faced off against #6 Florida in the Swamp. But it was his long-time understudy, Kyle Trask, who dominated the night. Trask continued his push for a Heisman Trophy by...

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 63-35 win over Arkansas

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 63-35 win over Arkansas

Florida earned its most lopsided win of the season over Arkansas, and former quarterback Feleipe Franks, 63-35. What stood out most along the way? Kyle Trask is now the Heisman frontrunner After several years of hyping up various quarterbacks as Heisman Trophy...

A Tribute to Feleipe Franks: I Will Remember You

A Tribute to Feleipe Franks: I Will Remember You

Hello again, Feleipe Franks. It's been about fourteen months since your Gator career ended in a particularly gruesome fashion. Tomorrow, we meet again. Only this time, your job will be to ruin Florida's season, not enhance it, and our job will be to make you...

Florida 44, Georgia 28: Helmet Stickers and Plays of the Game

Florida 44, Georgia 28: Helmet Stickers and Plays of the Game

Florida's euphoric win over Georgia is still sinking in, but it's time to go through the film and look at this game from an academic standpoint. You can rewatch the game here. First order of business: a blanket helmet sticker is awarded to every member of the team for...

Gators kick Georgia out of Cocktail Party

Gators kick Georgia out of Cocktail Party

Throughout Dan Mullen’s short tenure at Florida, Kirby Smart has had Mullen’s number.  And three minutes into their third meeting in Jacksonville, it looked like that would continue. But then Florida flipped the script and turned the game— and the rivalry— on its...

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 44-28 win over Georgia

Five Takeaways from Florida’s 44-28 win over Georgia

WE DID IT!!! Yes, at long last, Florida has gotten the Georgia monkey off its back and toppled the Bulldogs to take control of the SEC East. What did we learn along the way? Kyle Trask is officially a Heisman Trophy frontrunner He may not win the award, but he has to...

2021 OL Yousef Mugharbil commits to Florida

2021 OL Yousef Mugharbil commits to Florida

A day before the Gators take on Georgia in the Cocktail Party, Yousef Mugharbil kicked off their weekend the right way. Mugharbil, a consensus four star offensive lineman from Murphy, NC/Murphy HS, has committed to Florida. He also had offers from Penn State, Virginia...

Five takeaways from Florida’s 41-17 win over Missouri

Five takeaways from Florida’s 41-17 win over Missouri

Florida bounced back from a rough loss to Texas A&M three weeks ago with a statement win against Missouri. What stood out in the process? The defense isn't great, but it's getting better. Even without three starters in the secondary (and without Zachary Carter in...

Gators down three starters in the secondary against Missouri

Gators down three starters in the secondary against Missouri

Florida's defensive backfield- already shaky at full strength- is now going to be decimated tonight against Missouri. Starting cornerback Marco Wilson, as well as safeties Shawn Davis and Donovan Stiner, are all out tonight, according to various reports. The reasons...

For Gators, a new season begins against Missouri

For Gators, a new season begins against Missouri

Three weeks ago, Florida completed its preseason portion of the 2020 schedule with a good deal of promise, but well aware of what it had to work on. One ugly COVID outbreak and three weeks later, and the Gators begin the meat of their schedule- a seven game stretch...

2022 Safety Sam McCall commits to Florida

2022 Safety Sam McCall commits to Florida

Just as things are getting back into full swing for the Gator football team, things are heating up on the recruiting trail, too. Florida has nabbed a commitment from 2022 athlete Sam McCall, a consensus five star recruit from Lakeland, FL/Lake Gibson HS. He chose...

2021 Edge rusher Jeremiah Williams commits to Florida

2021 Edge rusher Jeremiah Williams commits to Florida

Defensive end Jeremiah Williams, a consensus four star prospect out of Birmingham, AL/Ramsay HS, has committed to Florida, giving the Gators yet another dynamic piece for their 2021 recruiting class. Signs were pointing towards Gainesville for the highly touted edge...

Florida-Missouri game postponed to October 31

Florida-Missouri game postponed to October 31

According to multiple sources close to the team, the Florida-Missouri game scheduled to take place on October 24th will now be pushed back one week, to Halloween on October 31st. In All Kinds of Weather first reported yesterday that the game was extremely likely to be...

Florida-LSU game postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

Florida-LSU game postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Florida-LSU game scheduled for this Saturday is going to be postponed. An announcement could come as early as Wednesday afternoon. The news comes less than 24 hours after an outbreak of COVID-19 within the Gators' football...

COVID-19 outbreak places Florida-LSU game in jeopardy

After just three games, the novel coronavirus that has wreaked havoc on pretty much everything in 2020 appears to have found its way into the Gator football program. And predictably, the COVID-19 outbreak has thrown up a blockade in front of the season. A few days...

Texas A&M forces Florida to address defensive issues

Texas A&M forces Florida to address defensive issues

Throughout the game on Saturday in College Station, Florida seemed to be one step ahead of Texas A&M. Until they weren't. And then it was too late to do anything about it as the Florida program trudged off the field following a familiar fate- a loss to Jimbo...

Five takeaways from Florida’s 41-38 loss to Texas A&M

Five takeaways from Florida’s 41-38 loss to Texas A&M

Florida suffered its first loss of the season against Texas A&M today, an ugly 41-38 setback that’s far more irritating than damaging— but one that exposed a great deal of Gator shortcomings. What stood out in particular? (Spoiler alert: a lot of them are...

Imperfect Gators outlast South Carolina to start 2-0

Imperfect Gators outlast South Carolina to start 2-0

The various struggles the Florida Gators have endured on defense didn’t matter too much in their first two games against Mississippi and South Carolina. They might in their next game. And they almost certainly will later in the season. Kyle Trask tossed four touchdown...

Clemson RB Demarkcus Bowman to transfer to Florida

Clemson RB Demarkcus Bowman to transfer to Florida

The Lakeland-to-Gainesville pipeline has continued, albeit via a detour. Demarkcus Bowman has chosen to transfer to Florida. Mere days after announcing his decision to enter the transfer portal, Bowman told Gators Territory of his decision. Bowman, a former five star...

Trask’s career day propels Florida past Mississippi

Trask’s career day propels Florida past Mississippi

Dan Mullen returned to the place he once called “The School Up North” in his new set of colors for the first time. And he provided that school up north with a first class education in just how lethal his new offense is. Kyle Trask went wild, completing 30 of his 42...

Five takeaways from Florida’s 51-35 win at Ole Miss

Five takeaways from Florida’s 51-35 win at Ole Miss

The Gators opened their 2020 season with a somewhat convincing 51-35 victory over Ole Miss in Oxford. In doing so, Florida knotted the all time series score against the Rebels at twelve wins apiece. Here are my five initial takeaways from the game: Kyle Trask is...

2020 Gator football position preview: secondary

2020 Gator football position preview: secondary

Our position previews of the 2020 Gator football team conclude today with a look at the defensive backfield. Can the unit colloquially known as "DBU" move forward without CJ Henderson? Previously previewing: quarterbacks | running backs | wide receivers | tight ends |...

2020 Gator football position previews: linebackers

2020 Gator football position previews: linebackers

The penultimate piece of our position preview segment takes us to the Florida linebackers- a unit that was very good in 2019, but will look a bit different in 2020. Let's get right into it. Previously previewing: quarterbacks | running backs | wide receivers | tight...

2020 Gator football position preview: defensive line

2020 Gator football position preview: defensive line

Having completed our offensive position previews, today we move to the defensive side of the ball. And as is the case everywhere in the SEC, it starts up front. Previously previewing: quarterbacks | running backs | wide receivers | tight ends | offensive line The...

2020 Gator football position preview: offensive line

2020 Gator football position preview: offensive line

Fresh off our preview of Florida's tight ends, our 2020 Gator football position preview rolls on with a look at perhaps the key to the entire team: the offensive line. Last year, was so-so a year ago in pass protection, but really let the team down in the ground game....

2020 Gator football position preview: tight ends

2020 Gator football position preview: tight ends

With kickoff just around the corner, our position by position previews of the 2020 Gator football team are about to start hitting the presses rapid-fire. Having already published our previews on Florida's quarterback, running back and wide receiver rooms, the first of...

2020 Gator football position preview: wide receivers

2020 Gator football position preview: wide receivers

Having previously broken down Florida's quarterbacks and running backs, our position preview segment moves along today with a look at Florida's receivers. It's a unit that lost four of its top playmakers from 2019 (Van Jefferson, Freddie Swain, Josh Hammond and Tyrie...

2020 Gator football position preview: running backs

2020 Gator football position preview: running backs

After a bit longer of a gap between position breakdowns than I intended, the series rolls on today with a look at Florida's running backs. What do the Gators have in stock in their RB room this year? The leader: Dameon Pierce The leading returning rusher from 2019 has...

Snapshot: the 2020 Florida-FSU chart

Snapshot: the 2020 Florida-FSU chart

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct honor and privilege to present to you, the 2020 Florida-FSU chart. Many of you already know what I'm referring too. For those who don't, "The Chart" is an annual In All Kinds Of Weather tradition that compares the Florida Gators...

2020 Gator football position preview: quarterbacks

2020 Gator football position preview: quarterbacks

With kickoff at long last in sight, it's time to break down the 2020 Gator football roster, position by position. Who's back, who's going to start, how good are they, and so on. Man, it's great to finally be talking about that again. So with that said, let's start...

Gators learn four of ten kickoff times for 2020 season

Gators learn four of ten kickoff times for 2020 season

Three of Florida's first four games of the 2020 season carry the potential to be broilers. The Gators' season opener against Mississippi in Oxford on September 26th will kick off at noon, and air on ESPN. The following week, Florida will return home and again play in...

#GreatestGatorEver Sweet 16 bracket breakdown

#GreatestGatorEver Sweet 16 bracket breakdown

Having announced the tentative plans for the schedule of the remainder of the #GreatestGatorEver fan voting tournament (update; the tournament resumes tomorrow on twitter and Instagram stories), it's time to refresh our memories regarding the final sixteen contestants...

#GreatestGatorEver tournament schedule update

#GreatestGatorEver tournament schedule update

For those who have been keeping track of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament, the excitement level has reached yet another all time high, as it does with the completion of each round. For those who haven't, it's not too late to be introduced to the event. Here's (a very...

Gators’ 2020 football schedule unveiled

Gators’ 2020 football schedule unveiled

At long last, the Florida Gators 2020 football schedule has been released. Here it is, in full. Florida Gators 2020 football schedule Week Date Opponent 1 9/26 @ Mississippi 2 10/3 S CAROLINA 3 10/10 @ Texas A&M 4 10/17 LSU 5 10/24 MISSOURI 6 --- BYE 7 11/7...

Four key Gators sit out first fall practice

Four key Gators sit out first fall practice

For the time being, it looks as though the SEC is going to give its college football season a go in 2020. But at least for today's inaugural practice, the Florida Gators football team launched its fall season down four critical pieces. As first reported by Sports...

Florida Gators 2021 Recruiting Big Board update: mid-August

Florida Gators 2021 Recruiting Big Board update: mid-August

The Gators' recruiting recent endeavors can be summed up with a synopsis not unlike a bunch of little kids swinging away at a dangling piñata. After much time and effort hacking at it to no avail, one well-placed swing and the fruits of their labor suddenly began...

DT Desmond Watson commits to Florida

DT Desmond Watson commits to Florida

Florida had been suffering through a bit of a lull on the recruiting trail earlier this month, a period that was low lighted by Clinton Burton flipping his commitment from Florida to Boston College. But if the past couple of weeks didn't vault Florida out of that rut,...

Gators flip OL recruit Jake Slaughter from FSU

After a bit of a lull on the recruiting trail, Florida has suddenly picked it up over the course of the last week. Last Saturday, safety Donovan McMillon committed; less than 48 hours later, receiver Marcus Burke followed suit to rev the engine a little bit on a 2021...

Top Jacksonville WR Marcus Burke commits to Florida

Top Jacksonville WR Marcus Burke commits to Florida

The Gators' 2021 recruiting class got a boost Saturday with the addition of Donovan McMillon. Today, Dan Mullen & Co. built on that momentum with the addition of receiver Marcus Burke. https://twitter.com/CERTIFIED_MB4/status/1285296008747003904?s=20 Burke, a...

Safety Donovan McMillon commits to Florida

Safety Donovan McMillon commits to Florida

Clinton Burton out, Donovan McMillon in. McMillon, a borderline three/four star safety from McMurray, PA/Peters Township High School, has committed to the Gators. The move provides Florida fans with a bit of relief following the decommitment of fellow defensive back...

#GreatestGatorEver tournament set to heat up

#GreatestGatorEver tournament set to heat up

Welcome to the part of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament where things really start to get interesting. For those who are just catching wind of the tournament, a quick explanation of how it works. Created with the goal of deciding the greatest Florida Gator athlete of...

Gators announce six new positive COVID tests within football program

UF confirms 11 positive COVID-19 cases since April

The University of Florida has acknowledged that eleven different positive tests for COVID-19 have taken place since April. The news comes a week and a half after the announcement that no returning Gator football player had tested positive. From Florida senior...

2021 CB Jordan Young commits to Florida

2021 CB Jordan Young commits to Florida

It may be one of the slowest times for sports in recent memory, but the inverse has been the case in the world of Gator football recruiting. 2021 cornerback Jordan Young (Tampa, FL/Gaither) has committed to Florida. A consensus three star prospect with offers from...

Kamar Wilcoxson re-commits to Florida for a third time

Kamar Wilcoxson re-commits to Florida for a third time

Kamar Wilcoxson is back on the Gators' commitment list- and he says this time, it's for good. https://twitter.com/KamarWilcoxson4/status/1274100941369806850?s=20 I think at this point, most Gator fans are familiar with who he is, and if you're not, I'll explain why I...

Safety Dakota Mitchell commits to Florida

Safety Dakota Mitchell commits to Florida

It probably got lost in the news of yesterday’s news that the Florida band will stop cueing up the “Gator bait” chant due to the term’s racist history, but while Florida football lost a ritual, it gained a commit. Safety Dakota Mitchell (Winter Park, FL/Winter Park)...

Gator football gets the green light to proceed with practice

Gator football gets the green light to proceed with practice

One thing that COVID-19 has proven is that it possesses an uncanny ability to screw up all different types of plans, and there's no concrete evidence that it's finished doing so. That's something that has to be kept in mind for the duration of this article, as well as...

Gator baseball pitcher Tommy Mace to return in 2021

Gator baseball pitcher Tommy Mace to return in 2021

Tommy Mace has just pulled perhaps the biggest offseason surprise in the world of Florida Gator athletics. Mace, the ace of the Gator baseball pitching staff, has decided to return to Gainesville for another season after going undrafted in the MLB Draft. Per...

Former Florida WR Reche Caldwell murdered outside his house

Former Florida WR Reche Caldwell murdered outside his house

Photo credit: Sports Illustrated Ex-Florida wide receiver Reche Caldwell has died from injuries sustained in a shooting right outside his home in Tampa, according to multiple different reports. The story was first broken by TMZ, and confirmed by ESPN's Adam Schefter....

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: 15 Regional

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: 15 Regional

The sixteenth and final Regional of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament gets underway later tonight. Thus, our Regional previews conclude with a look at the 15 Regional: The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.) (1)...

Lorenzo Lingard granted immediate eligibility for Florida

Lorenzo Lingard granted immediate eligibility for Florida

Happy birthday, Lorenzo Lingard. Florida's newest running back addition has announced on twitter that his waiver to be able to play in 2020 has been granted: https://twitter.com/d1champ99/status/1266464118950723584?s=20 Florida's running back room wasn't bad to begin...

#GreatestGatorEver tournament set to heat up

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 2

The penultimate Regional of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament is just about set to get underway. As is customary by now, let's acquaint ourselves with the sixteen player field a little more first. The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: 10 Regional

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: 10 Regional

Round one of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament is drawing to a close. Today, we take a look at the third-to-last of the sixteen Regional brackets to be played: the 10 Regional. The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.)...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: 7 Regional

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: 7 Regional

We are officially three quarters of the way through of the first round of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament. Tomorrow morning, we begin the first round of the fourth quarter of the bracket- the 7 Regional. The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order...

Class of 2021 RB/WR Charles Montgomery commits to Florida

Class of 2021 RB/WR Charles Montgomery commits to Florida

Charles Montgomery will be suiting up in orange and blue on Saturdays. On an instagram live feed, Montgomery announced that he was choosing Florida over Maryland. A consensus four star prospect out of Seffner, FL/Armwood, Montgomery also had offers from Alabama,...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 14

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 14

Time to complete the upper right hand corner of the #GreatestGatorEver bracket with the 14 Regional. Y'all know the drill by now; let's get to it. The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.) (1) Kelly Barnhill (softball,...

Florida unveils plan to bring athletes back to campus

Florida unveils plan to bring athletes back to campus

Photo credit: University of Florida COVID-19 has pretty much shut down college athletics since it made its way over to the United States a couple of months ago. Now, the first steps are being taken to see their resumption. Earlier today, SEC school presidents have...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 3

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 3

Up next in our #GreatestGatorEver tournament is the 3 Regional. Before voting gets underway, let's take a closer look at the field. The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.) (1) Al Horford (basketball, C/F-...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 11

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 11

Eight Regionals down, one underway, and seven more to go in Round One of our #GreatestGatorEver tournament. Next up is the 11 Regional. The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.) (1) Jack Youngblood (football, DE/DT/K-...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 6

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 6

We're halfway through the opening round of our summer long #GreatestGatorEver tournament. Now, we shift to the right side of the bracket, and start at the top with the 6 Regional, which gets underway tomorrow morning. The bracket Regional participants (Players are...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 12

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 12

The eighth and final Regional on the left half of the 256 player #GreatestGatorEver tournament is set to get started tonight. Another way of putting that: after tonight's 12 Regional voting, we will officially be halfway done with the opening round of this summer long...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 5

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 5

Our #GreatestGatorEver tournament rolls on today with Round one of the 5 Regional. As was the case for the previous Regionals and will be for all ensuing Regionals, let's take this opportunity to refresh our memories regarding what, exactly, the sixteen players in...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 13

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 13

With the 4 Regional of the #GreatestGatorEver tournament currently winding down, it's time to preview the Regional it's paired with in the Sweet 16: Regional #13. The 13 Regional bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.)...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 4

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 4

Our #GreatestGatorEver bracket is set to continue tomorrow with the opening round of the 4 Regional. Let's get to know that 4 Regional: The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they appear on the bracket.) (1) Emmitt Smith (football, RB-...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 9

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 9

Our #GreatestGatorEver bracket is set to continue later today with the opening round of the 9 Regional. With voting in the 8 Regional closing soon, let's familiarize ourselves with said 9 Regional: The bracket Regional participants (Players are listed in order they...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 8

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 8

Our #GreatestGatorEver tournament is off and running. Voting for the opening round of the 1 Regional has been completed; the 16 Regional is underway and will wrap up this afternoon. Shortly after its conclusion, the 8 Regional will get underway. So, let's get to know...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 16

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 16

Yesterday, voting began in our #GreatestGatorEver bracket in the 1 Regional. Today, voting will continue with the 16 Regional, but before the polls open, let's preview the field and refresh our memories on the players' accomplishments. The bracket Regional...

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 1

#GreatestGatorEver bracket breakdown: Regional 1

Voting for the #GreatestGatorEver bracket begins this afternoon. In the name of eliminating potential recentism in the voting, I thought I'd set the stage by previewing each Regional before the voting gets underway. Today, we'll take a look at Regional 1, which of...

2021 guard Kowacie Reeves commits to Florida

2021 guard Kowacie Reeves commits to Florida

Mike White's 2021 recruiting class is off to a great start. Kowacie Reeves (Macon, GA) has committed to Florida. Reeves, a highly sought after four star, also earned offers from North Carolina, Texas, Auburn, Georgia and Seton Hall, among others. This commitment might...

Introducing the Greatest Gator Ever bracket

Introducing the Greatest Gator Ever bracket

Part of what has helped fans make it through a long, frustrating quarantine is the abundance of fan polls on social media. In particular, 64-team, March Madness themed brackets that allow fans to vote on the winner of each matchup in each round have captured a lot of...

Michigan F Colin Castleton transferring to Florida

Michigan F Colin Castleton transferring to Florida

Colin Castleton is coming home, and Florida is adding some more frontcourt depth for the future- potentially even next season. Castleton, who spent the last two seasons at Michigan, will be transferring closer to home and joining Mike White's Gator basketball squad....

Recapping the Gators’ weekend in the 2020 NFL Draft

Recapping the Gators’ weekend in the 2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft has just concluded, and once again, the Florida Gators were very well represented. Below is a list of all the selections from Florida. Click on the player names for further analysis on what they bring to their new teams. Florida Gators in the 2020...

Tebow, Spikes, James inducted into UF Hall of Fame

Tebow, Spikes, James inducted into UF Hall of Fame

Three members of the Florida Gators' 2008 football team- universally regarded as one of the best in college football history- are finally getting the ultimate recognition they deserve- spots in the UF Hall of Fame. Explosive kick/return man Brandon James posted a...

Scottie Lewis to return for sophomore year

Scottie Lewis to return for sophomore year

Florida’s basketball team got a sort-of-but-not-really-surprising boost today, as shooting guard Scottie Lewis announced that he will be coming back for his sophomore season. Lewis, a ridiculously athletic kid from southern New Jersey, arrived in Gainesville last fall...

The “Kyle Trask Emory Jones” debate: why not both?

The “Kyle Trask Emory Jones” debate: why not both?

The "Kyle Trask Emory Jones" debate is in full swing. Yes, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that has, among other things, lengthened college sports fans' offseason, the fanbase-wide argument regarding who should be the starter at the most important position of...

Coronavirus abruptly ends 2019-20 NCAA athletic season

Coronavirus abruptly ends 2019-20 NCAA athletic season

Photo credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images UPDATE 5:10pm: although it feels wholly logical to assume that college baseball and softball are over for 2020, the language in the two released statements- from the SEC and NCAA, and which you can read below- left one pair of...

TE Nick Elksnis commits to Florida

TE Nick Elksnis commits to Florida

Tight end Nick Elksnis (Jacksonville, FL/Episcopal) has announced his decision to be a Gator, thus netting Florida its first commitment of its Junior Day weekend. In doing so, Elksnis effectively flips from Penn State, from which he decommitted last week....

2020 Florida Gators’ Junior Day visitors list

2020 Florida Gators’ Junior Day visitors list

The Gators' second Junior Day event in Gainesville is upon us, and it's important to keep an eye on because more often than not, Florida uses it to add members to its list of commits. This time around, the chances of the Gators doing so are increased appreciably-...

For Gator basketball, time is running out to figure things out

For Gator basketball, time is running out to figure things out

For much of Saturday's game against Tennessee, Florida couldn’t score. When they finally remembered how to score, they couldn’t come up with the critical stops. In other words, it was a typical basketball game for Mike White’s Gators on the heels of an impressive win....

Four star TE Gage Wilcox commits to Florida

Four star TE Gage Wilcox commits to Florida

Congratulations to Gage Wilcox. You, sir, have just become the first commit for Tim Brewster. Wilcox, a four star tight end from Tampa's Jefferson High School in the Class of 2021, committed on an Instagram Live video, as captured by twitter user @CurtisK421....

Florida takes step forward by throttling LSU

Florida takes step forward by throttling LSU

Photo credit: Florida Gators Maybe this is another mirage, the latest peak in a dizzying array of sine waves for Mike White’s Gator basketball team. Or maybe, after we all erroneously thought this team had turned the corner several times before, this is the game that...