Florida Gators: A Look Back at Memorable 2020 Season
The Florida Gators football season has come to end. It ended in a way that the fans were not excepting. Coming into the season the one team that had been that team that Florida needed to beat was the Georgia Bulldogs. Many thought if they could beat the Bulldogs they would find themselves in the SEC Championship. This Gators team was built to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide and knock them off the top of the mountain in the SEC. This Gators team was coming off back to back 10 win seasons. Both of these seasons ended with big bowl wins. The one goal that Dan Mullen wanted was to get Florida to be one of the four playoff teams in the College Football Playoff. At the start of the season, it looked just like that would occur. Here is a look back for the 2020 Florida Gators football season.
College football was affected, just like everything in everyday life, by Covid-19. This meant in the college football season that a team would play in-conference games only. Every team including the Florida Gators had out of conference games then had to reschedule just conference games.
For Florida, they started their season with the Ole Miss Rebels. That game was great they scored 51 points and only gave up 35 to the Rebels.
They would get their first home game against the South Carolina Gamecocks. This was on their side of the SEC which is the Eastside. This game was closer than the one against the Rebels which ended with a 38-24 win. This set their record at 2-0.
The following week the Gators would travel to College Station, Texas to play the Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies would win this game by three points 41-38 a fumble was the reason.
The Florida Gators would return home to play the Missouri Tigers after having to postpone a game due to Covid-19. They would have no issue with the week off or the loss to the Aggies. They would beat the Tigers 41-17. This was the start of a long winning streak.
The following week it would be against the Georgia Bulldogs. This time they would get a big win against Georgia. The final score was 44-28 this vaulted the Gators to the best team in the SEC East.
The following game would be against the Arkansas Razorbacks who before they played the Gators had won some games. Florida crushed Arkansas 63-35.
The next three games would all come against SEC East opponents. The first one against the Vanderbilt Commodores would end in a win 38-17 and it would be one of the seven losses the Commodores had.
The Kentucky Wildcats would be the next opponent for the Florida Gators. The Wildcats had upset the Gators just a few years earlier. This year the result would be different with Florida beating them 34-10.
The final road game of the regular season would be against the Tennessee Volunteers. The Gators would have no problem beating the Tennessee 31-19.
The makeup game for the cancelation earlier in the season was against the LSU Tigers. The Tigers were the defending National Champions. This was not the same team. This game was in the bag until a dumb penalty that would give Florida their second loss at the wrong time 37-34.
However, That did not keep the Gators out of the SEC Championship game. They would be playing the Alabama Crimson Tide. Coming into the game after the loss to the Tigers many thought the Crimson Tide would roll Florida.
Instead, the Florida Gators came out and played one of their better games of the year. Unfortunately, they would lose 52-46. Which meant no college football playoff appearance. They would instead be heading to the Cotton Bowl to play the Big 12 champion the Oklahoma Sooners.
This game was a struggle because most of their players opted out as they were getting ready for the NFL. It would lead to another loss which would be three in a row. The Sooners crushed the Gators 55-20.
The best part of the season was the Kyle to Kyle combination. That would be Kyle Trask the quarterback to the tight end, Kyle Pitts. Trask was one of the better quarterbacks in the nation and was up for Heisman Trophy. The defense struggled early on but found the swag towards the end. 2020 was a good Gators team that will be good again in 2021.
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