GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators’ free fall continued Saturday.
Under the direction of interim coach Randy Shannon for the first time since Jim McElwain’s departure from the program, the Gators lost 45-16 to the Missouri Tigers in Columbia, Mo. Florida has lost four straight games and at 3-5 with three games left, the team’s chance for bowl eligibility has once again diminished.
Florida’s descent in the SEC Country Power Poll also continued, as the 23 voters dropped the Gators another two spots to No. 11 on Sunday, just behind Missouri and just ahead of Tennessee. It’s Florida’s lowest ranking thus far this season.
Florida’s defense gave up season-worst marks in points (45) and yards from scrimmage (455) against a Missouri team that had gone 0-5 against Power 5 opponents before defeating the Gators. For the third time in their current four-game losing streak, the Gators gave up more than 200 rushing yards after holding all three opponents during their three-game win streak before that to 183 or fewer. The offense had some flashes but saw drives stall before reaching the end zone. Florida’s lone touchdown came in garbage time late in the fourth quarter.
“You have to challenge them,” Shannon said after the loss. “I don’t think anybody that comes to this university is going to accept losing. I don’t think that anybody who is going to compete is going to accept losing. It’s our job to make sure those guys don’t accept that and play hard to get out there and have a chance to win a game.”
Alabama is ranked No. 1 once again this week, just like it has been all season.
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Your Week 10 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||295||19||1||1||2|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||280||4||2||1||2|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||253||0||3||3||3|
|4||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||221||0||5||4||6|
|5||LSU (9 - 4)||214||0||4||4||6|
|6||South Carolina (9 - 4)||177||0||7||5||8|
|7||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||163||0||6||6||8|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||130||0||8||6||11|
|9||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||102||0||11||8||14|
|10||Missouri (7 - 6)||81||0||14||8||13|
|11||Florida (4 - 7)||58||0||9||7||14|
|12||Tennessee (4 - 8)||48||0||12||9||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||36||0||13||8||14|
|14||Arkansas (4 - 8)||35||0||10||9||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)