Gator News And World Report (12/27/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, December 27, 2004. Two Miami players unhurt after car crash on way to bowl game; Bowl is early audition for some; Gators Assistants Juggle Duties; Florida's Interim Coach Won't Change Routine; Gators aim to be state champs; Rejuvenated Gators embrace momentum; No repeat of Outback expected; State supremacy spurs UM, UF and more...

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Two Miami players unhurt after car crash on way to bowl game
Miami linebacker Willie Williams and defensive back Rashaun Jones escaped injury Sunday when Williams lost control of his vehicle while driving to join the Hurricanes for bowl preparations in Atlanta.

Bowl is early audition for some
New coach sure to take notes on the Gators' Peach Bowl performance.

Gators Assistants Juggle Duties
Joe Wickline, a joker who rarely suffers through a serious moment, turned stone-faced Sunday when one of his players asked about his navy blue and orange shirt.

Florida's Interim Coach Won't Change Routine
The air of weirdness that permeated Florida's practices last week subsided somewhat when the Gators took the Georgia Dome field for practice Sunday.

Gators aim to be state champs
He never saw a trophy. He never hoisted any cup. Yet former Florida quarterback Kerwin Bell doesn't seem to care

UM pair involved in auto accident
Two Miami players escaped serious injury in a traffic accident early Sunday morning on their way to Atlanta for the Peach Bowl.

Rejuvenated Gators embrace momentum
Seasons greetings to the Florida State Seminoles from the Gators -- all the way from the Georgia Dome. At least that's the way it sounded Sunday just after the Gators held their first workout in Atlanta to prepare for their New Year's Eve Peach Bowl date with the University of Miami.

No repeat of Outback expected
The Florida Gators ended last season in a most anticlimactic way, with an embarrassing 37-17 loss to Iowa in the Outback Bowl, UF's worst bowl loss in eight years.

State supremacy spurs UM, UF
The winner of the Peach Bowl matchup between the Hurricanes and the Gators can lay claim to being the best team in the state.

Lopsided rivalry
It's been nearly 20 years since Florida last beat Miami. Since then, the 'Canes have won 5 in a row over the Gators. In Friday's Peach Bowl, the schools meet again. And the winner will earn the title of state champion. Here is a look at the past 5 games:

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