Florida Football: Will a Win Over South Carolina Salvage 2010 for the Gators?
Now in his sixth season as the head football coach at the University of Florida, Urban Meyer has had a great deal of success during his tenure.
Meyer has won 102 games, two SEC titles, and two BCS National Championships while coaching the Gators and figures to contend for several more before his coaching career is finished.
However, despite his great success, Meyer and his team always set the same goal each season: earn a spot in the SEC Championship Game.
And while that may seem like low expectations for a coach that has won multiple national titles, Meyer simply responds that once his team reaches Atlanta, the rest will take care of itself.
Granted, that philosophy has worked in the past, seeing as how Meyer's three SEC East-winning teams have advanced to the title games very much in control of their own destiny in the national championship picture.
Unfortunately for the orange and blue, this season is a whole different animal.
They have no shot of winning another national title in 2010, but frankly, that shouldn't have even been considered a possibility with this team this year.
After all, the offensively-deficient Gators suffered three consecutive losses, including two straight defeats at home, and were unranked and left for dead just two weeks ago.
But what a difference two big wins and some sloppy play from South Carolina can make.
Just like that, No. 24 Florida has life again.
Sure, the Gators have played three different quarterbacks this year, desperately searching for ways to utilize the strengths of John Brantley, Trey Burton, and Jordan Reed.
There have also been distractions, most notably Chris Rainey's arrest for aggravated stalking and the unending dramatic saga involving what was the nation's top-ranked recruiting class.
And yes, they've dealt with numerous nagging injuries to several key players, including the team's top playmaker in running back Jeff Demps.
Florida even had to resort to punter Chas Henry kicking field goals, which has sent sent both the team and the fans on a wild roller coaster ride of emotion this season.
However, through it all, the Gators still control their own destiny in the SEC East.
It may seem improbable. Some would call it lucky.
But when the dust settles, Urban Meyer summed it up best following the win over Vandy: "It's championship week in Gainesville, Florida."
A trip to Atlanta is on the line and the resilient Gators have the chance to salvage what was, at one point, considered a lost season.
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