Two thousand thirteen will be the fourth season for the Florida Gators under the reign of Will Muschamp. The team has gone just 18-8 in his first three seasons, but is coming off their best season under their coach, going 11-2, including 7-1 against the SEC East. The team is ranked ninth in the Sports Illustrated preseason poll and is out to prove that they are not to be overlooked in the BCS Championship discussion.
Let’s look back on their 2012 season and look ahead to 2013.
The Gators went 4-2 against top 25 teams a year ago, dropping to Georgia in a conference game and to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl. Despite those losses, their talent was evident in their victories against teams from Florida State (37-26), South Carolina (44-11) and LSU (14-6). It wasn’t smooth sailing for the Gators though, as they didn’t play like they should have against Bowling Green, Louisiana-Lafayette or Jacksonville State.
Key 2013 Games
The Gators have one of the toughest schedules in all of college football. When it comes to their late season success, the tough schedule could be a major help, or it could also derail their chances of playing for the national title. What are some of the biggest games to watch the Gators take part in?
- Saturday, November 2 – vs. Georgia
The highest seed the Gators got a year ago was No. 3 and the Bulldogs stopped that quickly with a 17-9 victory in Florida. These two teams will once again compete against each other in Jacksonville in a rivalry that has spanned 90 meetings. Georgia has the eight game edge and will look to extend that when they travel to Gainesville.
- Saturday, November 30 – vs. Florida State
The Florida vs. Florida State rivalry is one of the most watched around the nation. They have met 57 times and Florida has the 34-21-2 edge. As of late, the games never seem to be close. The last time the winning team had a margin of less than 10 points was 2006, something both teams will look to continue in the regular season finale.
Other Games of Note:
Saturday, October 12 – @ LSU
Saturday, November 16 – @ South Carolina