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The Florida Gators are 3-3 and still have an outside chance of winning the SEC East.

Florida Gators still optimistic season can end on high note

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Players still optimistic

Despite a 3-3 start to the season and back-to-back close home losses before the bye week, Florida football players still have confidence that they can turn their season around in their final five games. The Gators still have an outside shot at winning the SEC East and they said they plan to build on their self-inflicted mistakes as they prepare for the second half of the season.

Athlon Sports’ midseason report

Athlon Sports’ Antwan Staley on Wednesday put out his Florida football midseason report that recapped the Gators’ first six games and provided a glimpse to the team’s road ahead. An excerpt:

“If it wasn’t for a couple of miracle plays, the Florida Gators could easily be 1-5 heading into their bye week. As it is, the Gators are 3-3 (3-2 SEC), and while a third straight SEC East title is unlikely, the team could still become bowl eligible.

At the halfway point, the Gators’ offense is ranked 105th in the country (351.2 yards per game). Florida’s defense is leading the way once again, currently ranking 41st in the FBS (354.8 ypg).

Things won’t get much easier for the Gators from here out with games against Georgia, Florida State, South Carolina, Missouri and UAB still on tap.”

Zach’s Mail Stack

Our Zach Abolverdi put out his latest recruiting mailbag on Wednesday, featuring questions about tackles Richard Gouraige and Nicholas Petit-Frere, wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and more.

Sound Off

In our latest Zaxby’s Sound Off, we break down what the Florida Gators need to prioritize during the bye week to get their season back on track.

In other Florida football news

Men’s basketball picked to finish second in SEC

Fresh off an Elite Eight run, the Florida men’s basketball team was picked by the media Wednesday to finish second in the SEC behind the Kentucky Wildcats. Junior shooting guard KeVaughn Allen also landed on the preseason All-SEC first team. Our Kyle Tucker, however, selected the Gators at the top of the conference. His explanation:

“The last time Kentucky had a team this young (2013-14), the Gators won the league, but both teams made the Final Four. It could happen again. Florida reached the Elite Eight in Year 2 under 2017 SEC Coach of the Year Mike White and returns key pieces KeVaughn Allen, Chris Chiozza and John Egbunu.”

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What they’re saying on Twitter

Quarterback Luke Del Rio:

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Tight end Kemore Gamble:

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