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Closing the door on Florida-Michigan
The No. 17 Florida Gators opened the 2017 football season with a 33-17 loss to the No. 11 Michigan Wolverines on Saturday that ultimately left the Gators with more questions than answers. The offensive line struggled in a game that coach Jim McElwain referred to multiple times as a “whooping” and the offense has, as a whole, failed to find consistent success yet again. McElwain had a lot to say postgame Saturday, ultimately hoping to shift away from the loss and remain optimistic with a full season ahead of him.
“I still believe in this football team,” McElwain said. “I believe in these guys. The guys that weren’t here, that was a choice. That had no impact on the outcome of this game. We’ve got some ball games ahead of us that we have to get ready for. Plain and simple, take your whooping and I’m taking it.”
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Florida Gators top USA Today misery index after Week 1
USA Today’s Dan Wolken on Sunday unveiled his first college football misery index for the 2017 season, a ranking that serves as “a measurement of a fan base’s knee-jerk reaction to what they last saw.” Unsurprisingly, the Gators headlined the list this week. Wolken’s explanation:
“Ask any SEC coach if they think it would be better to eliminate divisions, and they’ll probably look at you as if you had three heads. But McElwain’s tenure at Florida makes a great argument for why they’re irrelevant. Winning the East each of his first two years technically is a tangible accomplishment for McElwain, but it has bought him exactly zero goodwill from Florida fans. After all, they know what real deal, elite-level football looks like, and the Gators haven’t delivered it.
For McElwain, referencing his division titles in a down SEC East to a fan base that consumed the [Steve] Spurrier and Urban Meyer eras is no more effective than bragging to a food critic that you run the best high school cafeteria around. Even when it’s Taco Day, it’s still unsatisfying, unhealthy and likely to cause digestive problems in the near future.”
In other Florida football news
- A closer look at key plays and tendencies from the season opener.
- McElwain isn’t hitting the panic button yet after the loss to Michigan.
- Florida will “take a look” at the quarterback situation before the Northern Colorado game on Saturday.
- The Gators say their optimism for the season hasn’t waned despite the loss.
- A look at Florida recruits who had successful games this weekend.
- Soccer: The second-ranked Gators fell, 1-0, to Washington on Friday and defeated Portland, 1-0, on Sunday to move to 5-1-0 on the season.
- Volleyball: The third-ranked Gators went 2-0 in Puerto Rico as part of the SEC-ACC Challenge, defeating both N.C. State and No. 16 North Carolina in straight sets. Florida is a perfect 4-0 two weeks into the season.
- Women’s golf: On Monday, the fifth-ranked Gators open the 2017-18 season with the two-day Ocean Course Invitational hosted by the College of Charleston.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Quarterback Luke Del Rio:
Wow, unbelievable games tonight. Way to ball Willy G
— Luke Del Rio (@Ldelrio12) September 4, 2017
Safety Shawn Davis:
We gone give em HLL🤐 pic.twitter.com/uQA8nTaR6N
— Shawn Davis ll (@Iam_sd31) September 4, 2017
Linebacker Kylan Johnson:
We gone bounce back. That's a promise #GoGators
— Kylan Johnson (@__28k__) September 3, 2017
Running back Lamical Perine:
Learn from mistakes ..🤞
— LP (@LP_deucedeuce) September 3, 2017
Defensive lineman CeCe Jefferson:
My team will be just fine I love yall boys.
— CeCe (@cecejeferson7) September 3, 2017
Former Florida tight end Jake McGee:
willy g still the goat
— Jake McGee (@JakeOvaTheWorld) September 4, 2017
Tight end Kalif Jackson:
It's truly a blessing that I will be able to graduate this fall. I came in with the mindset of graduating in 3 years and I'm doing it. ‼️ pic.twitter.com/u66x07Z1EU
— Kalif Jackson (@Jackson_Kalif84) September 3, 2017
Tight end Kemore Gamble:
Sooner than I thought pic.twitter.com/qMkmLj7gN7
— |HUMBLE| (@kemoregamble15) September 3, 2017
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