GatorCountry.com: Dan Mullen named coach of the year semifinalist
On the cusp of a second-straight 10-win season, Dan Mullen was named a semifinalist for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year.In his second season, Mullen has led the Gators to a 9-2 record with only a game left against Florida State this season. The Gators are heavily favored to beat the Seminoles, which would secure back-to-back 10-win seasons for Mullen in his first two years at Florida and a bowl game left to play.
President Mark Dianno and the Maxwell Football Club released the complete list of 22 candidates on Wednesday. The semifinalist field was determined by the Club's Selection Committee.
GatorCountry.com: Behind the Numbers: Florida Gators vs. Missouri Tigers
The Florida Gators once again played a sloppy game against the Tigers of the University of Missouri - but unlike last year, came out victorious 23-6.While the offense seemed to sputter for most of the day, they didn't let the 11:00 AM local kickoff time hinder their ability to walk away with a win in what could have been set-up to be a trap game. Missouri, which boasted a top-10 defense, allowed the third-most yards they allowed all season to Florida and Florida was able to get creative to move the ball. All the while, the Gators defense was able to lock down Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant and never looked like they wouldn't win in Columbia, Missouri - including a stellar performance from Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week Jonathan Greenard.
GatorCountry.com: Florida's New Year's Six chances hindered by College Football Playoff rotation
Florida sits at No. 11 in the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings announced this week. Because of what the semifinal sites are and who is in front of them, the Gators would not go to a New Year's Six game if the selections happened based on these rankings.If the semifinals were different, however, then they would be in line go to one. Let me explain. This year's Fiesta-Peach semifinal scenario
For now let's assume that the highest-ranked team from each conference functions as the league's champion for the sake of placement. That's pretty standard for midseason projections.
The Independent Florida Alligator: 2020 starting quarterback showdown has begun
Florida has undergone a turbulent season in 2019.It has seen dramatic comebacks, backup quarterback heroics, a slew of injuries and disappointing losses.
But as the season winds down, a hard truth must be accepted by the UF fanbase: The Gators will not be contending for a National Championship this season.
That's not to say they don't have anything to play for. Florida still has its in-state rival in two weeks and possibly a New Year's Six Bowl, though it will need help. But all that aside, it's almost time for the coaches to begin planning toward next year for another championship try.
GatorCountry.com: Third College Football Playoff Ranking
The third College Football Playoff ranking has been released and the Florida Gators remain just outside the top 10, holding on to the No. 11 ranking in the country. Most notably Minnesota remained ahead of Florida despite the Golden Gophers' 23-19 upset loss to Iowa a week ago. Minnesota jumped Florida two weeks ago after beating Penn State.Alabama remains at No. 5 in the country despite losing starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for the season with a hip injury. The College Football Playoff Committee does take into account injuries and how they affect a team, but the Tide was not dinged this week.
GatorCountry.com: Florida versus Missouri advanced stats review
You can be forgiven if you zoned out for stretches of Florida's win over Missouri. With a combined 18 punts in 26 drives, including a couple streaks of five or more punts in a row, the game didn't set the world on fire. That's why it's good to go through the numbers to pull what we can out of a sleepy, chilly road win to cap a 6-2 conference campaign.This review is based on Bill Connelly's Five Factors of winning, and sacks are counted as pass plays. Explosiveness
Everyone has a different definition for what counts as an "explosive play", but I go with runs of at least ten yards and passes of at least 20 yards.
Alligator Army: Florida vs. FSU: Game set for 7:30 p.m. kickoff on SEC Network
One of the last bits of mystery about the Florida Gators' regular season stood to either depress or thrill fans when it was revealed. That mystery -- the kickoff time and TV network for the Gators' regular season finale against Florida State -- was solved on Monday, as the SEC and its broadcast partners revealed next week's TV schedule.Florida is welcoming FSU to The Swamp for a night game.
The Gators' November 30 meeting with the Seminoles will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and air on the SEC Network, marking the first time in the rivalry's history that it will air on ESPN's SEC-only channel.
GatorCountry.com: Marks has high interest in the Florida Gators
The Florida Gators are still looking to add a running back to the Class of 2020 and when the Gators hosted Vanderbilt, three of the Gators targets were on campus for the game.Mississippi State running back commit Jo'Quavious Marks (5-10, 190, Atlanta, GA. Carver) was on campus for the first time this fall and enjoyed his time in Gainesville.
"It was a good visit," Marks said of his visit to Florida for the Vanderbilt game. "I just went to the game, talked to the coaches. It was pretty nice down there, I liked the atmosphere, the coaches vibe and the players treated me like family.
GatorCountry.com: Friday Night Frenzy recap week 13: Florida Gators recruiting
It's that time of the year again where the Friday Night Lights are bright and prospects all across the country are trying to shine on the field to impress college coaches and win a state championship ring before heading to college.Like the past years Gator Country is going to do a preview every Thursday for all of the Florida Gators recruiting commits and on Monday we will do a full recap including stats and notes from the past weeks games.
This year we are going to also to name a player of the week from the commits games.
The Independent Florida Alligator: UF will miss SEC title game despite Missouri win
The Florida football team did its part to keep its slim SEC Championship hopes alive Saturday afternoon.UF braved the cold, beat Missouri for the first time in three years and handed the Tigers their first home loss in over a year. But hours later, Georgia beat Auburn on the road to secure the division title for the third year in a row.
There will be no trip to Atlanta for the Gators to play for the conference title. But that shouldn't be considered a disappointment for the program.
The Gators' early season success drastically raised expectations for the team.
GatorCountry.com: Chief Borders breaks down why he committed to the Florida Gators
Last weekend, the Florida Gators picked up a big commitment for the 2021 class after the win over Vanderbilt.2021 athlete Chief Borders (6-3, 230, Powder Springs, GA. McEachern) committed to Florida over offers Arkansas, Auburn and others.
"It just felt right," Borders said on why he committed to Florida. "Coach Dan Mullen told me I was special and I love the atmosphere, the culture and the education is second to none. They have great football, a great education and great coaches who care. And I look amazing in the Florida Gators uniform, match made in Heaven.
Fansided: Florida football: Flipping a couple 2020 recruits
If you're Florida football (or any other college football program), now is certainly not the time to rest on your recruiting laurels.In fact, it just means time to throw all you have at the very few that are still on a fence or might be persuaded. Just because a guy has committed does not mean he cannot de-commit and sign to another school.
I will introduce you two a couple of recruits that did just that. These two guys changed their minds and came over to join the Gators! We welcome you to Gator Nation.
GatorCountry.com: Scouting Report: Florida Gators vs. Clemson Tigers
Looking to build on a big victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats, the Gators welcome the Clemson Tigers to Florida for the Orange Bowl Classic. Playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Tigers are a talented team that will be sure to play with some fire when they take on the Gators. Playing in the ACC behind a lot of blue blood programs and graduating longtime stud Jaron Blossomgame has put Clemson on the backburner of many people's minds, but I think that could be a critical mistake. Sporting an elite starting five and beginning the season with a tidy 8-1 record, this is a sneaky good team hiding in plain sight in a power conference.
Alligator Army: Florida vs. Missouri, Sunday Afternoon Post: Gators show out in the Show-Me
The Florida Gators topping the Missouri Tigers happened yesterday. These words about that game are probably not going to mean all that much to you, because that game wasn't exactly thrilling in any respect.But, you know, thoughts are thoughts.
Here are our Sunday afternoon takeaways from this game, which come without having given it or its highlights a second viewing.
Entering Saturday, Missouri's season was cleaved pretty neatly into two parts: At home: 5-0; 40.4 points per game; 11.6 points per game allowed; double-digit wins over West Virginia, South Carolina, Ole Miss by
On the road: 0-4; 13.
Fansided: Florida football: Observations from the first half against Missouri
A couple of Evan McPherson field goals has Florida football in control -- and we use that term loosely in this game -- on the road at Missouri.It was a first half mired with offensive issues for both teams.
For the Gators, quarterback Kyle Trask threw for 147 yards on 11-for-20 passing, but the Florida football offensive line allowed Trask to be sacked four times in the first half.
The Florida defense, on the other hand, contained graduate transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant to just 105 yards passing.
The Missouri running game was unable to get off the ground either as Larry Rountree III managed just 24 yards on 4 carries.
Luke Ancrum (Suspension) is out indefinitely
Feleipe Franks (Knee) is out for season
Jeremiah Moon (Undisclosed) is questionable
Jeawon Taylor (Undisclosed) is questionable
Christopher Bleich (Transferred) is out for season
Amari Burney (Undisclosed) is questionable
Dameon Pierce (Head) is questionable