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|
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.
|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.”
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|