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2011 Florida Gators Football: Grading the Gators Versus South Carolina
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Has there been a more hard-luck college football team this year than the Florida Gators?

My guess is that there hasn't.

Toss out being on the wrong end of blowouts to the nation's two best teams (LSU and Alabama), and what you have for UF, aside from five victories, are three losses that very well could have - and some would argue should have - been wins.

The Gators did themselves in by forgetting how to catch punts in a 17-6 defeat at defending BCS national champion Auburn, and in 24-20 and 17-12 losses to Georgia and South Carolina, respectively, quite simply, Florida didn't finish.

But, fear not, Gator fans. This is a young team, possibly the youngest in the powerful Southeastern Conference. And in all cases, with youth comes growing pains.

So, before you start sounding like Kentucky fans at the beginning of each November by focusing solely on basketball season, remember there are three football games left, including a bowl. And Florida is capable of winning all three.

For now, here is a look at the report card from last Saturday's road loss to the Gamecocks.

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