October 22, 2014

Florida Gators

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  The noise in the system is starting to build.

Coming off an embarrassing 42-13 homecoming loss to Missouri, embattled Florida coach Will Muschamp will spend the bye week trying to restore his team's lost confidence, and perhaps, save his own job.

The loss dropped Muschamp to 25-19 overall at UF and 3-10 in his last 13 games. It's the first time Florida has lost back-to-back homecoming games since 1946-47. In the Missouri loss, Florida turned the ball over six teams, which led to 24 points, and allowed the Tigers to score on a punt return and a kickoff return to open the game. Missouri scored 29 of its 42 points on a punt return, kickoff return, interception return for a TD and fumble return for a TD.

"Very disappointed in the performance," Muschamp said. "It falls on my shoulders. Nobody is looking around right now. We gotta get back and get our guys to dial back in."

Florida (3-3, 2-3 SEC) will have two weeks to prepare for rival Georgia on Nov. 1 in Jacksonville. The Gators are two conference games behind Georgia in the SEC East race, so a loss would eliminate Florida from a chance of going to the SEC title game in Atlanta.

With rumors of Muschamp's job status floating around (fans at Florida Field started a "Fire Will Muschamp" chant in the second half of the Missouri game), Florida players say they intend to band together.

"We're still going to fight," Florida senior center Max Garcia said. "We've still got three more SEC games in the East that we have to win in order for anything to happen, so we've got to take care of these games. They're slipping away. We've got a few more home games left and we've just got to capitalize on them because they're running out.