Collegiate Association Florida Gators football
The Florida Gators football team represents the University of Florida located in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the Collegiate Association and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Florida Gators football Overview
The University of Florida first fielded an official varsity football team in the fall of 1906, when the newly consolidated university moved to its new campus in Gainesville. Since then, the Gators have played in thirty-seven bowl games, won three national championships (1996, 2006, and 2008) and eight Southeastern Conference championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2006, 2008), and produced 138 All-Americans, forty-two National League first-round draft choices and three Heisman Trophy winners. Over the past twenty seasons, the Gators have won more games than any other college football team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as "Division I-A"). The University of Florida is one of the twelve members of the Southeastern Conference, and the Florida Gators football team competes in the SEC Eastern Division. The Gators play their home games in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (also known as "The Swamp") located on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. The 2010 season is the team's sixth under current head coach Urban Meyer. Florida plays an eight-game SEC football schedule. Five of these contests pit the Gators against the other members of the SEC Eastern Division: Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. The conference schedule is filled out with an annual game against LSU and two additional foes from the SEC Western Division on a rotating basis. (Until 2003, the Gators also played Auburn every season with only one Western Division team in rotation.) Key conference rivalries include the Florida vs. Georgia Football Classic in which Florida and Georgia play annually in Jacksonville, Florida (usually around Halloween), the matchup with Tennessee (usually in mid-September), and an inter-divisional rivalry with their permanent SEC Western Division foe, LSU (in early to mid-October). In addition to the conference foes, the Gators face in-state rival Florida State at the end of the regular season. The two teams' emergence as perennial football powers in the 1980s and 1990s helped build the Florida-Florida State rivalry into a game that has often held national title implications. Before 1988, in-state rival Miami was also an annual opponent, but due to expanded conference schedules, Florida and Miami have met only three times in the regular season and twice in bowl games since 1988. The remaining dates on Florida's regular season schedule are filled with various non-conference opponents that vary from year to year.
NCAA Florida Gators football History
The modern University of Florida was created in 1905 when the Florida Legislature enacted the Buckman Act, which abolished all of the State of Florida's existing publicly-supported educational institutions and consolidated the academic programs of four of them in the new "University of the State of Florida," a land-grant university for white men. Two of the new university's predecessor institutions fielded football teams before 1905; the East Florida Seminary in Gainesville and the Florida Agricultural College (later renamed the University of Florida at Lake City), had teams in the late 1890s and early 1900s, and actually played each other in 1903. On November 22, 1901, Florida Agricultural College and the private Stetson College (now Stetson University) assembled teams for a match in Jacksonville that would be Florida's first known intercollegiate football game. This game sparked considerable interest in intercollegiate football in the state, and as a result several other colleges organized teams of their own, including the East Florida Seminary and Florida State College (now Florida State University). Florida State College (FSC) fielded a successful team from 1902 to 1904; after FSC was reorganized by the Buckman Act as the new college for white women in 1905, a number of former FSC male students, including several members of the former FSC football team, enrolled in the new men's university in Gainesville. However, of all the players from these earlier teams, only tackle William Gibbs of the 1905 Lake City team made the transition to the new university's team in Gainesville in 1906.
New university, humble beginnings Florida Gators football :
In 1905, the Florida Legislature passed the Buckman Act, which reorganized the state's entire system of higher education. As a result, the former University of Florida at Lake City (which had been known as "Florida Agricultural College" until 1903) and the East Florida Seminary were merged with two other institutions to create the new University of the State of Florida for white male students. The university operated for one school year (1905–1906) in Lake City, Florida, while the first buildings were constructed on the new campus in Gainesville.
Depression, war and Florida Gators football:
The late 1930s and 1940s were generally not kind to the Gators. After posting a 6–3–1 record in 1934, Florida did not win more than five games in a season until 1952.
The Gators had their first unbeaten and untied regular se ason in 1995, but were denied a national championship in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, later nicknamed the "Fiasco Bowl" for its lopsided score in favor of the Nebraska Cornhuskers (62–24). Having won five SEC titles in six seasons in 1996, the Gators had trouble keeping pace with their amazing run in the conference later in the decade, going three seasons before capturing the title again in 2000. The Gators looked prime to return to the SEC Championship Game as favorites in 2001, but lost a 34–32 heartbreaker to the Tennessee Volunteers in a game postponed until December 1 due to the attacks of 9/11.
2009 NCAA Florida Gators football season
The Gators were voted Number 1 in the preseason Associated Press and Coaches polls. The Gators ended their season - and quarterback Tim Tebow's college career - on a high note, defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats 51–24 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. With their bowl win, the Gators became the only Division I team to have back-to-back thirteen-win seasons.
Florida Gators football conference championships
Florida has won a total of eight officially recognized Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships. The Gators won their first SEC football championship with a conference record of 5–0–1 in 1984, but the title was vacated several months after the season by a vote of the SEC university presidents because of major infractions committed by the Gators coaching staff under Charley Pell. The 1985 and 1990 teams also finished their campaigns atop the conference standings with records of 5–1 and 6–1, respectively. But during those seasons, Florida was ineligible for the SEC championship due to association probation arising from rules violations committed by previous coaching staffs. Florida won its first officially recognized SEC football championship in 1991. With the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina as new members of the Southeastern Conference in 1992, the SEC split into Eastern and Western Divisions and created a championship game between the division winners to determine the league football champion. Florida has made ten appearances in the SEC Championship Game, more than any other SEC school, with the most recent in 2009. The Gators have won seven of the ten SEC Championship Games in which they have appeared.
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