Well, that’s one way to put a sour note to what was a promising season.
First, Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald went down early in the Egg Bowl with a leg injury. Then rival Ole Miss upset the Bulldogs to cap off Thursday. On Sunday, head coach Dan Mullen became the next Florida coach.
Thanks to some teams right behind them in the SEC Country Power Poll, the Bulldogs only fell one spot to No. 5 in the Week 13 edition. The 22 SEC Country voters moved Auburn into the No. 1 spot, knocking out Alabama for the first time in two seasons. The Crimson Tide are second, followed by Georgia and LSU.
“Megan and I are very excited to get back to Gainesville and the University of Florida,” Mullen said in a statement released by Florida on Sunday. “I have such great memories of the championships we won during our time here and have a love for Florida. We are happy to be coming back to such a supportive administration, staff, student body and fan base, which is the premier football program in the country.
“We will give relentless effort in everything that we do on and off the field. Our commitment will match the passion that the Gator Nation has for this program.”
Mullen was the offensive coordinator/QB coach at Florida from 2005-08 under Urban Meyer. He spent the last 9 seasons at Mississippi State, where he led the Bulldogs to a 69-46 record (33-39 in the SEC).
Now, the Bulldogs have to find a coach. The university president said Sunday that they will move quickly in the search. Mississippi State will play in a bowl game.
Your Week 13 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Auburn (10 - 4)||286||22||2||1||1|
|2||Alabama (13 - 1)||256||0||1||2||3|
|3||Georgia (13 - 2)||250||0||3||2||3|
|4||LSU (9 - 4)||220||0||5||4||4|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||187||0||4||5||8|
|6||South Carolina (9 - 4)||162||0||6||5||10|
|7||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||151||0||7||5||10|
|8||Missouri (7 - 6)||133||0||8||5||10|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||107||0||9||6||12|
|10||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||103||0||11||6||13|
|11||Florida (4 - 7)||63||0||10||8||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||47||0||12||8||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||36||0||14||11||13|
|14||Tennessee (4 - 8)||1||0||13||13||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)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
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)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)