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Steve Spurrier created a monster. Urban Meyer fed the monster. And now Dan Mullen is trying to make sure that he is master of the monster instead of being gobbled up by it as Ron Zook, Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain were. Until Spurrier took over, Florida was a good but not great program. The Gators finished in the top ten just three times before Steve “Superior” took over in 1990. Spurrier put his alma mater in the final top ten 10 times in 12 seasons. Along the way, he won the school’s first-ever national championship. When Spurrier departed for the NFL after the 2001 season he correctly noted that fans had turned on him for going 10-2 in his final season, which ended with an Orange Bowl title. The reality was that the Fun and Gun Glory Years of Spurrier spoiled Gator fans while showcasing Florida’s potential. Urban Meyer then won two national championships in 2006 and 2008 before flaming out personally. Muschamp and McElwain followed but couldn’t meet expectations. Dan Mullen’s arrival began with two top ten seasons with the promise for more. The Gators will face the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl.
Florida Gators Weekly Odds
Florida Gators -4.5
Oklahoma Sooners +4.5
Florida Gators Weekly Matchup
On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, the Florida Gators will face the Oklahoma Sooners in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff time is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.
Oklahoma is coming off an impressive 27-21 win over the Iowa State Cyclones in the Big 12 championship game as 5-point favorites with the game going under the total of 59.5. As a result, the Sooners rank 18th for total offense and 9th for scoring. Defensively OU has shown marked improvement to rank 20th overall and 30th for points allowed.
Florida Gators Weekly Recap
Florida showed better than expected in the SEC championship game with a 52-46 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide as 16.5 point dogs with the game going over the total of 74. As a result, the Gators are 8-3 straight up, 5-5-1 against the spread, and 7-4 over the total. The Gators rank 11th in the nation for scoring offense but 61st for points allowed.
Florida went toe-to-toe with the rolling Tide and was barely outgained 418-408 in total yards. Two turnovers may well have been the difference for the Gators.
Kyle Trask threw for 408 yards and 3 touchdowns in the loss for a final statement towards the Heisman Trophy. The problem was that Alabama quarterback Mac Jones was even better with 418 yards and 5 TDs.
Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer maximized Florida’s potential. But their success has made the job one of the toughest in the country. Not only do Gator fans demand a national championship but they also insist on style points. And that is where Muschamp and McElwain fell short. Neither coach could develop an offense that made Florida games fun. Mullen found lightning in a bottle with Kyle Trask but has also not yet made the Gators a complete program.
Florida is in the most fertile recruiting area in college football. And that is where their problems begin. The Gators compete with the Florida State Seminoles and Miami Hurricanes for the best in-state talent. So too do other top programs raid the state for top talent. Florida can sell that they are an SEC school but SEC programs target the best players in the state. Just as interesting is that while Florida has good facilities they are not at the level of the elite programs. While the school is getting up to speed on that issue it still trails compared to Georgia, Alabama, and LSU.
Florida has the right man in Mullen, who was offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. But Mullen also faces the challenge of personal improvement. At times this year, Mullen would almost hyperventilate at press conferences. He would wildly hype up crowds into a frenzy and get to the point of almost inciting brawls. Worst of all his team was totally unprepared for the disastrous loss to LSU.
2020 Florida Gators Schedule
||@ Ole Miss
||vs. South Carolina
||@ Texas A&M
||vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
||vs. Alabama (SEC Championship)
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