I’ve been asked a lot the past week if I thought the Gators have a legitimate chance to turn things around this week against Georgia and sweep their three remaining SEC games (Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina), which would put Florida in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.
My answer has been: most definitely. Absolutely.
But I quickly add that there’s also the possibility the Gators won’t win another game this season.
Georgia is on a roll right now and playing as well as any team in the SEC. The ‘Dogs are the consensus pick to win Saturday’s game in Jacksonville.
Vanderbilt on the road is another potential loss if the Gators don’t start showing significant improvement on both sides of the ball. The Commodores have been awful on the road, but they play pretty good defense at home (and pretty good defense against this Florida offense can be good enough, as we saw in the Mississippi State loss).
South Carolina in The Swamp is yet another tough matchup for the struggling Gators. The Gamecocks are strong on defense and they have the kind of balance on offense that has had success against the Florida defense.
Many have looked at Appalachian State as a gimmie win on the schedule, but the Mountaineers are undefeated and will treat their date in The Swamp like a championship game.
Then the Gators close out the season in Tallahassee, where it appears the Seminoles are strong again and plotting revenge after six consecutive losses to Florida.
I know it looks and sounds strange, but it’s conceivable the Gators could finish the season at 4-7 — what would be UF’s first losing season since the 0-10-1 debacle in 1979.
The five remaining games are all loseable. But they’re also all winnable.
The Gators could go any either direction.
This slippery slope should make for an interesting (and scary) stretch run for Urban and the boys.