Don’t Be a Gator Hater – Gator 411

July 2nd, 2013

Gator fans are ready. They have been to this Web Site as well as others that offer information on TV. If you haven’t gotten that squared away it’s not too late. In the meantime, though, let’s talk about the 2013 Gators.

The 2013 Florida Gators are a confident and talented bunch led by a coach who has now firmly put his fingerprint on the program. The fans in Gainesville will be expecting double-digit wins this year, and a run at the National Championship is not out of the question. Here’s a look at the schedule that the Gators will face in 2013.

After an opening weekend matchup against the Toledo Rockets, all the chips will quickly be pushed to the center of the table when the Gators host the Miami Hurricanes for their annual intrastate clash. The SEC schedule begins in earnest after an open date on September 14 with a matchup against the Tennessee Volunteers on September 21.

Florida will not be asked to travel anywhere until the final weekend in September, when they will play in Lexington, Kentucky against the Wildcats. The following three games against Arkansas, LSU and Missouri will go a very far way towards determining the fate of the 2013 Florida Gators, and will be three thrilling games for all to see.

The first four games on the schedule will likely result in wins, and if they are able to make it through the Razorbacks and Tigers gauntlet with an unblemished mark, the National Championship talk will certainly continue. The stretch run of the schedule features games against Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Georgia Southern and another rivalry showdown against the Florida State Seminoles on the final Saturday in November. The season is there for the taking, but it is clear to see that the Gators will face a number of challenges.

Complete History Of The 2001 Florida Gators Football Team

May 21st, 2013

The 2001 Florida Gators were led by legendary coach Steve Spurrier, who would leave for the NFL after the season. Led by quarterback Rex Grossman, and wide receivers Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell, the Gators went on to a 10-2 record and crushed the Maryland Terrapins (6, AP Poll) in the 2002 Orange Bowl by a score of 56-23. The Gators finished the season ranked third in the country in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls.

Ben Hill Griffith Stadium was kind to the Read the rest of this entry »

Complete History Of The 2000 Florida Gators Football Team

March 24th, 2013

The 2000 Florida Gators football team was led by passionate unapologetic coach Steve Spurrier, who built the program into a powerhouse over the course of the 1990s. Going with Jesse Palmer at quarterback, Spurrier put together a very formidable squad that was able to finish the season with 10 wins and only three losses.

They hammered two non-conference opponents before feasting on the SEC, including convincing wins over the Auburn Tigers in midseason and in the conference championship game. The Read the rest of this entry »

Complete History Of The 1999 Florida Gators Football Team

June 18th, 2012

The University of Florida Gators football team is one of the most powerful dynasties in college sports.

In 1999, coach Steve Spurrier was in his tenth season of his tenure as the Gators’ head coach. The Gators started the season with a four game winning streak, handily defeating Western Michigan, Central Florida, and Kentucky while pulling out a two point victory against 2 Tennessee. Their first loss came on October 2nd to 21 Alabama, where they were defeated in an overtime thriller. The Gators’ ranking dropped from 3 to 8 following that loss. The Gators then Read the rest of this entry »

Complete History Of The 1998 Florida Gators Football Team

September 26th, 2011

The Florida Gators were one of the most dominant teams in college football in the 1990s. They had a world class coach and world class talent that helped them win. During this time they were coached by former Heisman Trophy winning Florida Gators Quarterback Steve Spurrier. They won 6 conference championships in the SEC and one National Championship during this time.

1998 was a very successful year for the Gators. They went 7-1 in the conference and 10-2 overall.Additional information can be found at They Read the rest of this entry »

Complete History Of The 1997 Florida Gators Football Team

September 11th, 2011

Fresh off a National Championship the previous year, the 1997 Florida Gators began the season ranked 2 in the country. In head coach Steve Spurrier’s eighth season, the Gators started strong winning its first five games by an average of 36 points. As a result of their early dominance, the Gators were working on their third week in a row of being the 1 team in the country when they played SEC rival LSU. Florida ended up losing a close game on the road 28-21 and its top ranking.

Florida would lose again two weeks later in the game known as “The Read the rest of this entry »

Complete History Of The 1996 Florida Gators Football Team

August 28th, 2011

The 1996 Gators were led by head coach Steve Spurrier to their first consensus National Championship. It was one of the University of Florida’s most thrilling seasons. They only lost one game to non-conference rival the 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles. It was the final regular season game and the Gators lost by just three points. The loss was avenged in the Sugar Bowl as the Gators defeated the then 1 ranked Seminoles to claim the National Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida’s Biggest SEC Opponents for 2011

July 24th, 2011

The Gators have been strong the last few years, so strong in fact that you haven’t had to tune into a satellite channel to watch them – they’re on basic cable! But this year’s going to be a tough year and some of the SEC’s other teams are shaping up nicely. Here’s a look at some of the Gator’s biggest competitors to watch in the SEC…
Georgia Bulldogs – One of the oldest and strongest rivalries in football the GA/FL game is set to be Read the rest of this entry »

Weighing in on Will Muschamp

December 21st, 2010

The success for Florida coaches over the past 2 decades is well documented, save for the less than prosperous Ron Zook era. With the unfortunate news for Gator fans that Urban Meyer is stepping down (the second time in two years such an announcement has been made), a new age of Gator football is set to begin. After evaluating potential candidates to take over one of the most sought after gigs in the country, the University of Florida decided to hire Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, already named as Mac Browns eventual successor would he have waited out the clock in Austin.What’s Good About This Hire?Having played football at the University of Georgia in the early 90′s, then served successful stints as defensive coordinator at LSU and Auburn, Muschamp is very familiar with the SEC brand of football. He knows what it takes to play and coach in the toughest conference in the country. Not to mention, it also says a lot about the state of the Florida program that Muschamp, firmly entrenched as a high paid assistant and coach-in-waiting at Texas would be willing to leave another of the nation’s top football schools in its own right. With that said, Mack Brown is expected to be in charge in Texas for some time (though perhaps less if he endures more years like this one), so whether Muschamp truly feels Florida is a better opportunity or was merely subject to wearing patience is open to interpretation. After all, it wasn’t long ago Muschamp called the Texas Longhorn head coaching job “THE elite job in the country,” a statement that either excites Florida fans about their ability to lure him away or paints Muschamp in the likeness of Bobby Petrino, Benedict Arnold, Judas, and other self-driven scumbags in history.Question Marks? Read the rest of this entry »

Big ‘Gator Shoes’ to Fill

August 18th, 2010

As the 40,000 some-odd students plan to head back to classes in Gainesville this fall, one young man entering his 4th year of college probably has more butterflies in his stomach than the collective legion of aspiring sorority girls lined up on Norman Field come bid day. For most students, by the 4th year of college, they’ve established at least somewhat of a routine, whether it be waking up at noon on the basement couch of a can & bottle-littered fraternity house or perhaps swinging by a local coffee house to get a fresh cup of joe before heading over to your morning lab. Whatever the case, by year 4, it’s not likely to expect a large scale shift in normalcy. For John Brantley, however, life is about to change, not in a winter to spring type shift, more of a universe-shaping big bang lifestyle realignment.As a redshirt junior (read: 3rd year of eligibility, 4th actual year for more casual fans), Brantley inherits arguably the most high profile quarterback job college football has ever seen. Sure there was Tee Martin taking over for Peyton Manning in 1998, who won a National Championship for the Volunteers by the way, but few quarterbacks have ever been so beloved by the local community or such the infatuation of mainstream media as the recently NFL-bound Tim Tebow. Can you name another 25th overall draft pick to set a draft record for jersey sales or pace the entire NFL in jersey sales the month after draft day? Not since Johnny Moxon took over for an injured Lance Harbor for the West Canaan Coyotes has one player been thrust into a more direct spotlight from a backup role. Read the rest of this entry »