GAINESVILLE – When Florida coach Dan Mullen was in Mississippi, he famously referred to rival Ole Miss as "school in…
GAINESVILLE – When Florida coach Dan Mullen was in Mississippi, he famously referred to rival Ole Miss as “school in the north.”
His former governor, Urban Meyer, called rival Seminoles “West School.”
So, Mullen was asked Monday, what does he call Florida State?
“Uh, Florida State?” Mullen said.
It sounds like Mullen has learned that it does not matter what name he gives to his rivals. Everything that matters is how often he hits them.
His predecessor did not do that enough. Will Muschamp go 1-3 against “Noles. Jim McElwain did not produce an offensive touchdown in his two blowout losses to FSU (with a combined score of 58-1
These failures are why No. 13 UF enters Doak Campbell Stage with five consecutive losses to FSU – Gator’s longest losing streak in a series dating back to 1958.
“Something you should only have in your head,” Dang, I’m tired of being whupped .. . “” Gators Run Back Lamical Perine Said “It’s either you’ll fight up and try to hit back, or you’ll just continue to hit the ground. What do you want to choose? “
By 11 matches this season, UF has chosen to fight back. Therefore, Gators has one of the country’s biggest turnarounds, doubling its 2017 win total from four to eight and continuing to the kiss of a prestigious New Year’s Six Bowl game .
However, FSU is still striking under Year 1 under Willie Taggart, unless “Noles upset Gators, FSU’s NCAA record 36-year-old bowl trim will end. Then it will run out of 41 consecutive winning seasons.
While Mullen and some Gators have said they want to snap these FSU runs, they are more focused on what A victory would mean for UF and a higher class that never hit “Noles.”
“You’re out to win the state,” says UF receiver Tyrie Cleveland.
And the state as a whole is up to grabs.
Since its 10-0 start last season, Miami has lost eight of its last 14 matches in Saturday’s matchup with Pitt. Seminoles tries to scratch himself to another in succession 7-6 season. The state’s only other ranked programs are UCF – a potential opponent to Gators, if both are moving on to Peach Bowl or Fiesta Bowl.
While recruitment implications of a game are overblown, Mullen knows again how important Saturday is for a fan base starving for a win and another sign that the program is approaching its championship standard.
“If you (not) beat your rivals, it looks like the rest of the year, it was” it was a good year, but … “Mullen said.” You do not lose your rivals, then you can be “It was a bad year, but …” “
Whatever happens in Tallahassee, it has been a good year for Mullen’s Gators.
They have already exceeded reasonable expectations of expectation. that they lost badly to a rival (Georgia), they destroyed another (Tennessee, on the way) and had a top 10 victory over LSU.
To make it a good year, all Mullen has to end up losing school in the west.
“We will not call them that,” said Mullen. “We just want to beat them.”
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