5. 2008 over Georgia in Jacksonville, 49-10: The rivalry has been one-sided in Florida's favor since 1990. However, the Bulldogs tried to switch the momentum in 2007. The entire Georgia team rushed the field to celebrate their first touchdown, attempting to intimidate the Florida team and regain confidence on the Georgia sideline.
It worked in 2007, and the Bulldogs came into the 2008 game with a noticeable confidence. That is, until the game started. Brandon Spikes came up with a huge hit on Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno on the second play of the game, and from then on, the Gators rolled. Florida had a 21-3 lead at halftime, before eventually stretching it to 49-3. Georgia added a touchdown with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
The game was about retaking momentum in the series. Georgia did their best to steal it in 2007, but their antics only fired the Gators up for the 2008 game. The win also kept Florida's momentum alive down the stretch of their championship season. The Gators have currently won 17 of the last 20 meetings with Georgia.
4. 2006 SEC Championship over Arkansas, 38-28: Heading into this game, no one knew the Gators would have a chance to play in the national championship with a win. Ohio State already clinched their spot in the championship and was resting since their regular season was over. USC was the favorite to play them, but the Trojans were upset by UCLA to open up the second spot.
Florida jumped to an early 17-0 lead, before Arkansas scored on a touchdown pass to Marcus Monk less than two minutes before halftime. Arkansas took a 21-17 lead when they returned an inside shovel pass from Chris Leak. The Gators scored a touchdown when they took advantage of a muffed punt in the end zone and rolled from there.
The most impressive part came in as the Florida defense held the vaunted run game of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones to 130 yards on the ground. The Florida defense impressed all day, giving the Gators the nod over Michigan to take on Ohio State in the national championship.
3. 2008 SEC Championship over Alabama, 31-20: It was billed as the biggest SEC Championship Game ever. The two top teams in the country went head-to-head with a berth in the national championship on the line. The hype around the game was as high as any national championship game.
The game went back-and-forth for the first three quarters, with Alabama holding a 20-17 lead. That's when the Gators seemed to flip a switch. They scored the final 14 points of the game, coming away with an eleven-point win. However, the headlines were all about the dominant fourth quarter, in which the Florida defense held Alabama to negative yardage.
With all that was on the line, the Gators stepped up at the time they needed it the most. The SEC Championship was even billed by some to be the national championship, and the Gators went on to win it the following month.
2. 2008 National Championship over Oklahoma, 24-14: After a hard fought win over the Crimson Tide, the Gators took a five-hour drive south to play the national championship in Miami. The challenge was taking on the best statistical regular season offense in college football history. All the Florida defense did was hold them to 363 yards.
An early fourth quarter touchdown for Oklahoma tied the game 14-14, but that is all they would score. A Jonathan Phillips field goal put the Gators ahead 17-14. On the following drive, Ahmad Black came away with an interception that will be remembered in Florida football history. He stripped the ball in the air from Oklahoma wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias, and Tim Tebow's jump pass to David Nelson with three minutes remaining sealed Florida's third national championship.
1.2006 National Championship over Ohio State, 41-14: No one gave the Gators a chance. Televisions, newspapers and every media outlet ran story after story of how the Buckeyes would win the game, most times predicting it would come with ease. Those predictions ended up helping the Gators, as Coach Meyer plastered them all over the Florida locker room during the weeks of leading up to the game.
Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and the national pundits looked like they may have been correct. The Gators followed with 21 unanswered points and took a 34-14 lead into halftime. The only score in the second half came on a Tebow rushing touchdown, and the Gators took home the second national championship in program history. It was the first in ten years. The win, more than any other, set the tone for the Urban Meyer era at Florida.
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