Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Gators go old school

Joseph Goodman hopes the Gators wear throw back jerseys to the South Carolina game, their final SEC game, because they are playing and winning old school too.

The Florida Gators 19-game winning streak has been one of the most dominant runs in SEC history. Fittingly, UF coach Urban Meyer has done it the old-fashioned way.

GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida football team should wear throwback uniforms for its final Southeastern Conference regular-season game on Saturday.

It would be a fitting tribute, considering the top-ranked Gators (9-0, 7-0 SEC) are beating their opponents this season like SEC teams of a bygone era: a powerful rushing attack, strong special teams and defense, defense and more defense. Bear Bryant, General Neyland, Shug Jordan, Johnny Vaught -- those guys would be proud.

Florida has won 19 consecutive games dating back to 2008. It's not the longest winning streak in SEC history -- Alabama has won 28 straight twice -- but, according to records dating back to 1960, it has been one of the most dominant. During this historic 19-game run, Florida has outscored opponents by 10 or more points in 18 games (94.7 percent of the time). The last significant SEC winning streak to ever come close to that level of SEC lordship was from 1961 to 1962 win Bryant's Alabama Crimson Tide won 19 straight games and defeated 17 opponents by 10 or more points (89.5 percent).

The embedded irony of the Gators' yesteryear dominance of the SEC this season -- consistent rushing, elite special teams and one of the best defense in the nation -- should not be lost on anyone. When Florida coach Urban Meyer first arrived at the University of Florida, many wondered whether or not the coach from Utah and his newfangled spread-option offense could thrive in the Southeastern Conference.

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