Fun Florida facts

In doing the research on the Top 10 SEC games series I’ve been posting, I came across two interesting factoids about Gator football.

First, did you know that Florida has never beaten a top-ranked team in the regular season? It’s true, per the WWL.

Mark Of Futility
  Florida Gators
   

Including Saturday’s 28-24 loss to LSU, Florida has never beaten a top-ranked team in the regular season, going 0-6. They are 2-1 vs No. 1-ranked teams in bowl games.

Month, Year Opp Result
Oct. ’07 LSU L, 28-24
Sept. ’02 Miami L, 41-16
Nov. ’99 FSU L, 30-23
Nov. ’93 FSU L, 33-21
Oct. ’59 LSU L, 9-0
Nov. ’42 Georgia L, 75-0

On the other hand, in the five times that an AP-ranked SEC school has defeated a conference rival that was ranked No. 1 in the nation at the same time, the Gators have been the victims on three of those occasions – including, I’m pleased to note, the first time the Gators were ranked #1, at the hands (paws?) of the Dawgs.

No doubt this must be what Stewart Mandel means when he refers to Florida’s “big-picture tradition.”

Rare Upset
  LSU Tigers
   

In the football rich tradition of the SEC, this is surprisingly only the fifth time that an AP-ranked SEC school has defeated a conference rival that was ranked No. 1 in the nation at the same time. Florida has been knocked off three times, and this was the second time LSU was upset.

Year Opponent Opp. rank No. 1 Won by
2007 Kentucky 17 LSU 6
1997 LSU 14 Florida 7
1994 Auburn 6 Florida 3
1985 Georgia 17 Florida 21
1959 Tennessee 13 LSU 1
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  1. Thomas Brown

    That’s confusing. It cannot be followed. Not only the layout is confusing, but also what you are trying to say is confusing. Can you repeat that so a person can read it please ?

  2. Thomas, I’m not trying to be too snippy here, but, seriously, which part of “Florida has never beaten a top ranked team in the regular season” didn’t you get?

  3. Luv4g8rs

    As far as I can tell, the best the Gators have done is beat FSU in 97 at the Swamp. (I was actually there). The AP records FSU was a close #2 to Michigan, but I could swear I read back then that FSU was #1 in the Coaches’ Poll. I couldn’t find any record to back that up, so I’ll concede the point.

    Personally, I’d rather have the two wins (96 and 06), and the one loss (95) over #1 in the post-season. The Gators were actually (under)DAWGS in all three games. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad as Meat Loaf would say. Go Gators! Can’t wait for the WLOCP this year!