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The Florida Gators lost for the second straight week at home on Saturday.

Florida Gators plan to ‘take care of business’ after another home loss

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Jim McElwain: ‘We’ve got a lot of ball ahead of us’

Just like the week before, the Florida Gators lost another close home game, this time a 19-17 defeat on Saturday at the hands of the Texas A&M Aggies. The offense struggled again as the passing attack failed to take off with Feleipe Franks under center. With two conference losses already and a chance to win a third straight SEC East title looking further out of reach, the Gators are hoping to salvage what they can out of the season. Florida now heads into a bye week — which might just serve as the reset button that they need — before facing No. 3 Georgia in Jacksonville on Oct. 28.

“It’s hard to have a loss going into a bye week; yet, we have an opportunity to work on some things this week in practice,” Florida coach Jim McElwain said. “We’ll get some good work in getting ready for Georgia. I believe in these guys. I believe in this team and I will continue to do that and we’ll continue to push and get a little bit better. We’ve got a lot of ball ahead of us. A lot of good teams. Just going to go take care of business.”

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Injuries strike again

Redshirt senior defensive end Jordan Sherit is the latest to get hit by the injury bug, hurting his right hip in the fourth quarter on Saturday to the point that he might need surgery. His absence from the field takes yet another veteran away from an already young Gators defense.

In other Florida football news

Volleyball no longer undefeated

After a dominating 3-0 win at Ole Miss on Friday — fueled by 20 kills from senior middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan — the top-ranked Gators volleyball team dropped its first match of the season on Sunday, 3-1, to No. 8 Kentucky. Florida now is 14-1 on the season as it prepares for a three-week stretch that includes five road matches.

Soccer shut out on road at Auburn

Despite an aggressive attack, the 10th-ranked Gators soccer team lost, 1-0, at Auburn on Sunday and now are 11-4 on the season (5-2 in SEC play). Florida outshot the Tigers, 14-5, with 7 shots on goal, but none found the back of the net.

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What they’re saying on Twitter

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