No specified ranking remains a goal for this Florida football team, but it appears the national respect is still there for a team that lost a game this weekend.
Facing current #5 LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday, Florida looked like a totally mismatched team in the first half falling behind 28-14 at halftime. The second half would tell a different tale, but the Tigers would eventually win the contest.
The Gators ascended to number eight quickly after wins against Tennessee that saw them land in the top 25, then a win over then #3 ranked Ole Miss, before finally hitting their peak ranking last week by taking care of Missouri on the road.
Following a harrowing week of bad news with the announcement of a year-long suspension (currently under appeal) of starting quarterback Will Grier , and then the probable complete release of backup cornerback Deiondre Porter due to criminal activity, it isn’t a surprise the Gators showed up out of sorts on Saturday.
Scoring 21 unanswered points in the second half, Florida tied the game behind Treon Harris on offense who subbed for Grier in the contest and receiver / punt returner Antonio Callaway who returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown for the Gators last points. Harris threw for 271 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions in the game.
Florida’s defense was rattled in the first half giving up 300 yards and 28 points, but held LSU to seven points in the second half. The seven came on a fake field goal for a touchdown that was the deciding difference in the game.
The Gators now have a bye week before traveling to Jacksonville to take on Georgia in the annual rivalry game between the two state schools.