- Column: Steady dose of same reason for playoff expansion
- Orange Bowl gets an Alabama-Oklahoma CFP matchup
- Clemson in 4th playoff draws Notre Dame in Cotton Bowl
- Georgia faces Texas for first time since 1984 in Sugar Bowl
- Michigan, Florida will meet again, this time in Peach Bowl
- Ohio State to face Washington in 105th Rose Bowl
- No. 7 UCF to face No. 11 LSU in Fiesta Bowl
Michigan (11-2, Big Ten, No. 7 CFP) vs. Florida (9-3, SEC, No. 10 CFP), Dec. 29
Michigan: RB Karan Higdon is Big Ten’s second-leading rusher with 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Florida: DL Jachai Polite has 16 tackles for loss, including 11 ...
Franks helps Florida win 41-14, end skid vs Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The quarterback who grew up just a few minutes down the road helped Florida halt a five-year losing streak to Florida State, and the Gators ensured the Seminoles will not go to a bowl.
Feleipe Franks had three touchdown passes and No. 13 Florida used a punishing ...
No. 13 Florida (8-3, No. 12 CFP) at Florida State (5-6), noon EST (ABC).
Line: Florida by 4.
Series record: Florida leads 34-26-2.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Florida is hoping to claim a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game, while the Seminoles are looking for a sixth straight win ...
No. 15 Florida hosts Idaho with eye on New York’s 6 bowl
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s postseason possibilities are promising, especially after finishing 4-7 last year, losing consecutive games by a combined 40 points in the last month and needing two of the largest comebacks in school history to beat Vanderbilt and South Carolina.
AP Top 25 Podcast: UCF forces its way to national prominence
No. 11 Central Florida has won 22 straight games and is making a run at another major bowl bid. ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming to the schools’ Orlando, Florida, campus this week
So why are Knights fans so mad online? On the latest
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Facing former Florida coach Will Muschamp is the least of Dan Mullen’s concerns these days.
Mullen and the 19th-ranked Gators have a two-game losing streak in which nobody played well, chaos at ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen will take a few more days before settling on a starting quarterback against South Carolina.
Feleipe Franks or Kyle Trask will get the nod when the 19th-ranked Gators (6-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) host the Gamecocks (5-3, 4-3) on ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Defensive tackle Kyree Campbell won’t forget how running “stadiums” at Florida Field made him feel.
He was breathing heavy, sweating profusely and ready to quit. His legs started shaking about 20 minutes in and they ached for days.
It was exactly the reaction ...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dan Mullen remembered the outcomes, but he couldn’t quite recall the details.
So he went searching for the Florida-Georgia box scores from his first stint (2005-08) with the Gators. It was an enjoyable refresher course.
Mullen went 3-1 against the Bulldogs ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen pretended he was on a game show, slapping the podium like it was a buzzer.
It was Mullen’s way of demonstrating how quickly he probably would have jumped at winning six of his first seven games with the Gators and being in position for much ...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dan Mullen prefers not to talk about what prompted his 14th-ranked Florida Gators and the Vanderbilt Commodores to spill off the sidelines.
Derek Mason says a Florida player said something to the Vanderbilt coach.
In the end, the Gators’ big comeback ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen opened his first team meeting this week talking about handling success.
He’ll find out Saturday if anyone was paying attention.
Coming off the program’s
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jump pass. Double pass. Rocker step. Throwback toss. Those are apparently just a glimpse into Dan Mullen’s playbook.
The first-year Florida coach has turned to a little trickery to help the 14th-ranked Gators mask their offensive deficiencies.
“Daring Dan” is ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Swamp is sold out for the first time in nearly three years, a setting first-year Florida coach Dan Mullen would like to see more often.
Beating No. 5 LSU on Saturday surely would help Mullen’s push to return Florida Field — and the 22nd-ranked Gators — to ...
Mullen, Florida beat No. 23 Mississippi State 13-6
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — When Florida needed a fourth-down stop late in the fourth quarter, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham made a bold call with a safety blitz. Coach Dan Mullen knew the risk of leaving that part of the field open and loved it anyway.
“I’ve learned one thing through ...
Mullen returns with Florida to face No. 23 Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Coach Dan Mullen’s return to Starkville will grab most of the headlines when his Florida Gators travel to face No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.
But much more is at stake than an emotional reunion.
Florida (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) and ...
Mullen returns when No. 23 Mississippi St hosts Florida
Florida (3-1, 1-1 SEC) at No. 23 Mississippi State (3-1, 0-1), 6 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Mississippi State by 8.
Series record: Florida leads 33-19-2.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
It’s an important conference game for Florida and Mississippi State as they jockey for position in the SEC ...
Florida’s Mullen returns to Starkville for SEC matchup
Here are a few things to watch during the fifth week of the Southeastern Conference football season:
GAME OF THE WEEK: Florida at No. 23 Mississippi State. Coach Dan Mullen’s return to Starkville has been anticipated
Rough loss to Kentucky humbles No. 23 Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State suddenly has a lot bigger problems than former coach Dan Mullen coming to town.
The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs and their fan base have been looking forward to Saturday’s game against Florida for several months, ever since Mullen left Starkville after ...
Dan Mullen expects ‘lot of passion’ in return to Miss State
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dan Mullen will forever be tied to Starkville, Mississippi.
It’s where he landed his first head coaching job. It’s where his two children were born. It’s the place he called home for nearly a decade.
It’s “StarkVegas” to Mullen, and he takes a lot of pride in ...
Gators benefit from turnovers in 47-21 blowout of Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s inability to hang on to the football assured that Florida would continue its mastery of this annual series.
Feleipe Franks threw touchdown passes to three different receivers and ran for a fourth score Saturday as Florida capitalized on six Tennessee ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida running back Malik Davis will miss an “extended period” after breaking his left foot.
Coach Dan Mullen says he’s unsure how long Davis will be sidelined. A sophomore from Tampa, Davis tore a ligament in his right knee against Georgia last October and missed ...
Anxiety rises at high-pedigree programs with new coaches
Misery loves company, and there’s plenty to go around for first-year coaches at some of the high-pedigree programs in college football.
Chip Kelly is 0-3 at UCLA, Scott Frost is 0-2 at Nebraska, Willie Taggart hasn’t beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent at Florida State and neither ...
Swain scores twice, Florida handles Colorado State 48-10
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen strolled to the middle of the locker room and waved his arms.
Then he started moving the rest of his body. A few seconds later, his players joined in and created a full-team ...
Florida vows to be tougher after getting ‘slapped in mouth’
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen wants to be clear: He never intended to call his players soft after a 27-16 loss to Kentucky.
Mullen said Monday he was referring to how they played while
Father says Florida cornerback Marco Wilson out for season
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The father of Florida cornerback Marco Wilson says his son has a torn knee ligament and will miss the rest of the season.
Gators coach Dan Mullen said after the 27-16 loss to Kentucky that Wilson would have more tests Sunday to determine the extent of his left knee ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The last time Dan Mullen was on the sidelines for a Kentucky-Florida game, it wasn’t the most one-sided series in college football.
It was second.
Now, a decade later, Mullen has rejoined the Gators with “The Streak” on the verge of moving another step closer ...
Florida gets Mullen era off to rousing start with 53-6 win
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dan Mullen took a victory lap around Florida Field and then tossed his visor into the stands.
If all goes according to Mullen’s plan, it could be quite a souvenir someday.
Feleipe Franks threw five touchdowns passes in the first half and Florida got the ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — It’s been nearly a decade since Dan Mullen ran out of the Florida Field tunnel and onto the sideline.
It’s been 3,570 days to be exact.
So, naturally, Mullen practiced the grand entrance with his team last week. No falls. No stumbles. Not even a ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks insists he has nothing to prove.
Coaches, teammates and close to 90,000 fans at Florida Field on Saturday probably would disagree.
Franks was benched three ...
Feleipe Franks’ mobility landed him the starting quarterback job at Florida.
Coach Dan Mullen named Franks the team’s starter to begin the season, saying Monday that his “ability to extend plays, some of his athleticism right now, will give us the best opportunity to win games.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen spent his first few months on the job trying to sell the program.
First to recruits, then to boosters and students.
He used a helicopter to make a splash at high schools. He made headlines by promising a national title at a basketball ...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Bob Shoop is Mississippi State’s fifth defensive coordinator in five seasons.
That lack of continuity in a football program usually isn’t ideal, but the 51-year-old Shoop said he’s been pleasantly surprised to discover that Mississippi State’s veteran-laden defense ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen has no illusions about his quarterback situation.
Especially not after nearly a week of practice.
Mullen made it clear Monday that Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and freshman Emory Jones have a long way to go to meet his lofty ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A week after one of his players was found with a loaded AR-15 in his car, first-year Florida coach Dan Mullen said he has a no-weapons policy that nonetheless does allow players to own guns.
The Gators should hope Mullen’s offense is easier to grasp.
“We live ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida freshman Justin Watkins says he is leaving school three days after he was charged with hitting and strangling his girlfriend.
Watkins said Friday on Twitter he “will be leaving the university of Florida to better my opportunities.”
It was unlikely the ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Six Florida football players, including top receiver Tyrie Cleveland and highly touted freshman quarterback Emory Jones, are facing university disciplinary action following an on-campus altercation that included the brandishing of Airsoft guns that resembled assault ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida freshman Justin Watkins has been suspended indefinitely following his second arrest in 10 weeks.
Watkins, one of the team’s top signees, is being held in the Alachua County Jail and facing four charges that include false imprisonment/kidnapping and domestic ...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on SEC Media Days (all times local):
As one of the lesser-known coaches in the league, Missouri’s Barry Odom was hoping to make a splash at Southeastern Conference Media Days.
Sorry, it’s already been done.
Odom says he planned to wear ...
ATLANTA (AP) — For all their talk about wanting what is best for players, SEC coaches draw the line at new rules pushing college football closer to free agency.
For those coaches, free agency for players ended on high school signing day.
The Southeastern Conference recently passed ...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on SEC Media Days (all times local):
Florida coach Dan Mullen believes his team has improved its behavior accountability since he took charge of the program eight months ago.
“Every day we talk about decision making — how that decision is going ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — South Florida and Florida have agreed to play three times during a four-year stretch, including twice in Gainesville.
The Bulls and Gators will play at Florida Field in 2022 and 2025, and at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in 2023.
The teams have played once ...
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — One of Florida’s top recruits was released from jail early Wednesday after allegedly kicking a woman’s car and breaking her cellphone during an argument.
Justin Watkins, a four-star prospect and incoming freshman from Clermont, was arrested Tuesday on a misdemeanor ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is spending big in an effort to get its defense back among the nation’s elite.
The Gators gave new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham a three-year deal worth $4.47 million, making him the highest-paid assistant in school history. Grantham will earn $1.39 ...
More than a decade after Nick Saban took over as the coach of Alabama, the rest of the Southeastern Conference is still trying to figure out how to consistently beat him.
A lot of coaches have tried. A lot of them have ended up unemployed.
Now a new group will take a shot.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The most important guy on Florida’s sideline Saturday wasn’t coach Dan Mullen or quarterback Feleipe Franks.
He didn’t wear a headset or have a play-calling sheet. He didn’t touch the football or get in the huddle.
He was hardly even noticeable at the team’s ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida coach Dan Mullen crisscrossed the state the last two months, telling anyone and everyone his plan for returning the Gators to national prominence.
It’s been all talk so far.
Now it’s time to start implementing his plan.
The Gators open ...
New SEC coaches deliver mixed results on signing day
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The new coaches in the Southeastern Conference got their first opportunity to compete with one another over the last two months on the recruiting trail.
All had to navigate the new recruiting calendar and none brought in top 10 classes, according to a