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Gators hope signee Jake Allen can join the quarterback scramble

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Add another name to the quarterback derby of the University of Florida Gators. The Gators landed Jake Allen, who will join Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask as coach Jim McElwain continues to search for just the right quarterback. Allen, of course, will be a year behind in the derby and might need time to adjust, but he has potential. He was the 23rd ranked pro-style quarterback. Florida moved up to No. 18 in 247sports.com’s rankings. The Gators boosted their class…

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Florida defense swarms against Iowa in winning the Outback Bowl

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This time, the Florida Gators charged into their off-season. This time, the Gators finished their season in the accepted way. Florida overwhelmed Iowa in Monday’s Outback Bowl, winning a 30-3 game and hardly breaking a sweat. The Gators intercepted three passes and held Hawkeye quarterback C.B. Beathard to only seven completions on 23 attempts for 55 yards. They also stopped a fourth-and-goal from the one. A year ago, Florida ended with three straight losses. Had the Gators lost to Iowa,…

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Outback Bowl to be headlined by defenses of Florida, Iowa

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Can a football game be won with negative points? If so, this year’s Outback Bowl might qualify. The Florida Gators have a dreadful offense. And it’s still better than Iowa’s. The Gators are 115h in the nation on offense, and Iowa is 120th. It will not be a fireworks show. Still, both teams are 8-4, and both have significant wins on their resume. The Gators beat LSU on the road with a goal line stand; Iowa beat Michigan. For a…

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Alabama swamps Florida in SEC Championship game

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The University of Alabama defense was too good for Florida quarterback Austin Appleby to overcome Saturday afternoon. Appleby threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns against the Tide, but he also threw three interceptions and the Tide rolled over the Gators, 54-16, Saturday. The Tide, the only major unbeaten team in the country, outscored Florida 21-0 in the second half to pull away. On this night, it is hard to believe that Florida’s greatest quarterbacks — Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel…

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Questioning the Florida-Alabama game for the SEC Championship

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Five things to ponder about Florida’s SEC title game against Alabama on Saturday. Can the Gators give Alabama a better game than last year? Unless Florida forces a lot of turnovers, it’s hard to see how. Most agree this Alabama team might be the school’s best, and might be as good as any team who has ever played. Florida, meanwhile, has played almost an identical season as to last year, from the sluggish offense to the spotty quarterbacking. Jordan Scarlett…

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As Florida entered another SEC title game, have the Gators improved?

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If the Florida Gators are the same-old football team, can this season’s SEC title game be any different? Once again, the Gators are a heavy underdog to Alabama, which once again has a national title in its grasp. Once again, it’s easy to wonder if Florida has enough sizzle on offense to pull off an offense over over one of the Tide’s best defensive teams. In some ways, this season was just a sequel to Jim McElwain’s first season with…

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Defense leads Florida to victory over Georgia in annual rivalry

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The impressive defense of the Florida Gators bared its teeth again Saturday in their annual rivalry game against Georgia. The Gators held Georgia to only 21 yards rushing on 19 carries in a resounding 24-10 victory over the Bulldogs. For Florida coach Jim McElwain, it was a win over former co-coach Kirby Smart. The two coached together at Alabama. The Gators are second in the nation on defense, trailing only Michigan. “People pick this team apart quite a bit and…

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