Closing the door on Florida football’s season-opening loss to Michigan

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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.”

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