Florida Gators: A Look Back at a Great 2019
After an awesome 2018 football season for the Florida Gators. The Gators finished the season with an 11-2 record. This was the first year under Dan Mullen. He turned the Gators around from a four-win season in the previous year. To end the 2018 season, they beat the Michigan Wolverines in the Peach Bowl 41-15. Coming into 2019 one of the big questions was Feleipe Franks. Franks was looking to continue his 2018 success. Mullen believed in Franks and how he operated the Gators offense. The fans were hoping for a repeat of 2018. That is exactly what they got! The Gators had another 11-2 season. Which means that Mullen is 22-4 in his first two seasons. He has the Gators primed for a playoff run in 2020. Let’s look back at the 2019 Florida Gators.
The 2019 season began in Orlando at Camping World Stadium. Their opponent was the Miami Hurricanes. This game the Gators were favorites and the game was closer than maybe predicted including me. The final score was 24-21 and it took a great defensive stand for the Gators to win. The falling week would be the first home game for the Florida Gators they would face the Tennessee Martin Skyhawks. This was one of those games where they dominated. The best thing for the Skyhawks as they got paid. The Gators beat them 45-0. The next game started the SEC season. This game was a revenge game against the Kentucky Wildcats. The same Wildcats that beat them in 2018. The Gators got their revenge and had a close game in which they lost Feleipe Franks. They still came out on top 29-21 which was the start of the Kyle Trask era.
The Gators had their second home game and the first start for Kyle Trask. That game would be against the Tennessee Volunteers. A team that the Gators have a way owned over the years. In this game, they continued that with a 34-3 win, and this would jump-start the career of Kyle Trask. What many call cupcake games came the following week for the Florida Gators. They welcomed the Swamp the Towson Tigers. Like the Skyhawks other than the pay it was experienced as they lost 38-0 to the Gators. This was the second shutout of the season and the Gators were 5-0 Now after this game, it started the hardest part of their season. Their next opponent was the upstart Auburn Tigers. The score was 24-13 in favor of the Gators, but it was an unbelievable play that changed the game.
That play came from Lamical Perine had an 88-yard run and sent the Swamp into an insane asylum. Their record was now 6-0 and now the biggest challenge the LSU Tigers. At the time no one knew they would go on to be national champions. The Florida Gators kept it close but, in the end, they suffered their first loss 42-28 to the Tigers. Now the Gators had to collect themselves and travel to play the South Carolina Gamecocks. Like the Hurricanes game, this game was closer than most excepted. In the end, the Gators came back with a 38-27 win. Now one of the most exciting college football games every year was about to take place. The largest outdoor cocktail party which is the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs. This game is on every Gators fan calendar. It takes place in Jacksonville, Florida.
This game was close at times put the problem the Florida Gators had in this game as they couldn’t get the Bulldogs off the field. The Bulldogs were able to continue drives on third down throughout the game. They would lose just their second game of the year 24-17. Now once again they would have to bounce back after a loss. At least the game was at home as they welcomed in the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Commodores have had struggles against the Gators for a while. That continued as they would get shutout 56-0. That would be the third shutout for the Gators in 2019. The next game was the last in conference play. It would be another revenge game from 2018. Just like with the Wildcats they Missouri Tigers beat the Gators. Well, revenge again they beat the Tigers 23-6 which now had their in-conference record at 6-2.
The next game was the finale against the in-state rival the Florida State Seminoles. The Seminoles were another team that gave the Gators fits recently. This time the game would be at home. The Florida Gators came out and put the end to the Florida State Seminoles’ dismal season by beating them 40-17. With the win, it meant the Gators were going to go a major bowl game outside of the college football playoff. That bowl game would be the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida where their first opponent calls home. That night they would be opposed by the ACC Virginia Cavaliers. The Cavaliers had a good season in finally beating the Virginia Tech Hokies. Once again, the Gators were heavily favored. In the beginning, the game looked like it would be a blowout. The Cavaliers made a game out of it. The final score was 38-26.
This was the icing on the cake as it meant another successful season for the Florida Gators. Now many believe the Gators will be able to make a run at a playoff spot in 2020. The defense is bringing back many of the starters and the offense will have Kyle Trask at the helm again. Mullen has the Gators moving in the right direction.
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