GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They needed some help, but the No. 18 Florida Gators now sit atop the SEC East standings.
UF moved into first place following its 40-14 victory over Missouri and Tennessee’s 49-10 loss to Alabama. If the Gators win out in conference play, they’re going back to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.
“(We) control ourselves, that’s all you can ask,” Florida coach Jim McElwain said Saturday.
Gator Nation was monitoring the results of the “Third Saturday in October,” including cornerback Quincy Wilson.
“I saw what happened,” he said. “It’s great to know that we’re back on top and that’s just the way it’s supposed to be.”
But at least one player didn’t know the outcome of the Tennessee game.
“No, what happened? For real?” defensive end CeCe Jefferson said when informed of the score. “Man, well that feels good, man. That’s definitely good news to hear. Just ready to go from here.
“We’re just ready to play. We’re focused on us and what we’ve got to do to get where we want to go.”
Florida is off next week for its bye before a four-game stretch of Georgia, at Arkansas, South Carolina and at LSU. The Gators likely will be favored in each of the matchups.
“A little bit more pressure on you, but we know if we come out and take care of business, then (a win should happen),” cornerback Jalen Tabor said. “We’re No. 1 in the East and now we control our own destiny and that’s how we wanted it.”