Florida Gators football, 1990–99

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The Florida Gators football team represents the University of Florida in the sport of American football. The University of Florida fielded its first official varsity football team in the fall of 1906, and has fielded a team every season since then, with the exception of 1943. During the 1990s, the Gators competed in Division I-A of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (formerly known as Florida Field) on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus.

This article includes a game-by-game list of the Florida Gators' ten football seasons from 1990 to 1999. During the 1990s, the Gators were coached by Stephen O. "Steve" Spurrier (1990–2001), who led the Gators to six SEC championships, one consensus national championship and an overall win-loss record of 122–27–1 (.817).

Contents: 1990  • 1991  • 1992  • 1993  • 1994  • 1995  • 1996  • 1997  • 1998  • 1999


1990[edit]

1990 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
AP #12
1990 record 9–2 (6–1 1st* SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Jim Bates
Captain Chris Bromley
Ernie Mills
Godfrey Myles
Glenn Neely
Huey Richardson
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 1989 1991 »
1990 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Florida 6 1 0     9 2 0
#8 Tennessee 5 1 1     9 2 2
#21 Ole Miss 5 2 0     9 3 0
Alabama 5 2 0     7 5 0
#19 Auburn 4 2 1     8 3 1
Kentucky 3 4 0     4 7 0
LSU 2 5 0     5 6 0
Georgia 2 5 0     4 7 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 1 6 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
  • Florida ineligible for SEC championship due to NCAA probation.
    Rankings from AP Poll

Season overview[edit]

The 1990 college football season marked the return of the Gators' Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier to his alma mater as the new head coach of the Florida Gators football team.[1] Before Spurrier returned to Gainesville, the Gators had never won a Southeastern Conference (SEC) or national football championship; before Spurrier resigned to seek a coaching position in the National Football League in January 2002, the Gators would win six SEC titles, play for two national championships, and win one in 1996.[1]

During Spurrier's first season, he was able to build on the strong talent recruited by departing Gators coach Galen Hall, but the Gators also reaped the benefits of Spurrier's "there are no excuses for losing" mantra.[2] The 1990 season's highlights included a confidence-building 17–13 signature road win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which set the tone for the remainder of the season,[2] followed by conference blowouts of the Mississippi State Bulldogs (34–21), LSU Tigers (34–8), fourth-ranked Auburn Tigers (48–7), Georgia Bulldogs (38–7) and Kentucky Wildcats (47–15). The Gators also suffered two disappointing road losses to the fifth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers (3–45) in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the eighth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (30–45) in Tallahassee, Florida.

Even as Spurrier's new "fun 'n' gun" offensive scheme led by quarterback Shane Matthews, wide receiver Ernie Mills and tight end Kirk Kirkpatrick was breaking team scoring and yardage records, defensive coordinator Jim Bates coached one of the best defensive squads in team history, including two first-team All-Americans, defensive end Huey Richardson and safety Will White.[2][3] Matthews finished the season with 2,952 passing yards and twenty-three touchdowns—then the most passing yards in Gators history.[2]

Spurrier's 1990 Florida Gators, while ineligible to win the SEC title or receive a bowl bid because of lingering NCAA probation,[2] nevertheless posted a best-in-the-SEC record of 6–1 and an overall record of 9–2,[3] and laid the foundation for the Gators' run of six SEC championships and a national title during the next decade.[1] They finished twelfth in the last Associated Press Poll.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9–8–1990 Oklahoma State* Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida W 50–7   75,428
9–15–1990 at Alabama #24 Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama TBS W 17–13   70,123
9–22–1990 Furman* #19 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 27–3   71,868
9–29–1990 Mississippi State #17 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida TBS W 34–21   72,943
10–6–1990 LSU #10 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN W 34–8   75,039
10–13–1990 at #5 Tennessee #9 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee ESPN L 3–45   96,874
10–20–1990 Akron* #17 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 59–0   74,558
11–3–1990 #4 Auburn #15 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN W 48–7   75,459
11–10–1990 vs. Georgia #10 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida TBS W 38–7   81,529
11–17–1990 at Kentucky #6 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky TBS W 47–15   55,140
12–1–1990 at #8 Florida State* #6 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ESPN L 30–45   63,190
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


1991[edit]

1991 Florida Gators football
SEC Champions
Sugar Bowl, L 28–39 v. Notre Dame
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #8
AP #7
1991 record 10–2 (7–0 1st SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Ron Zook
Captain Brad Culpepper
Cal Dixon
Tim Paulk
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 1990 1992 »
1991 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Florida 7 0 0     10 2 0
#5 Alabama 6 1 0     11 1 0
#14 Tennessee 5 2 0     9 3 0
#17 Georgia 4 3 0     9 3 0
Mississippi State 4 3 0     7 5 0
LSU 3 4 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 3 4 0     5 6 0
Auburn 2 5 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 1 6 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 0 7 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1991 college football season was Steve Spurrier's second as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The Gators were led by quarterback Shane Matthews and first-team All-American defensive tackle Brad Culpepper.[4] The highlights of the season included dominating Southeastern Conference (SEC) victories over the seventeenth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (35–0), twenty-first-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (29–7), LSU Tigers (16–0), fourth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers (35–18), Auburn Tigers (31–10) and twenty-third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (45–13), a hardfought win over the Kentucky Wildcats (35–26) to clinch the Gators' first officially recognized SEC championship, and an upset of the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles (14–9).[3] The 1991 season also included a disappointing 38–21 road loss to the seventeenth-ranked Syracuse Orangemen in the Carrier Dome.[3]

Among the Gators' 1991 victories, the 14–9 defensive upset of the Florida State Seminoles was a particularly memorable victory played in front of an overflow home crowd at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Gators scored touchdowns on a first-quarter run by tailback Errict Rhett, and a 72-yard bomb from Shane Matthews to wide receiver Harrison Houston in the third quarter, and held on to win. Gators defensive ends Darren Mickell and Harvey Thomas kept Seminoles quarterback Casey Weldon off balance and on the run in the second half, and, in the fourth quarter, Gators safeties Will White and Del Speer combined to break up a fourth-down pass to the end zone by Weldon, thus saving the victory for Florida.

Spurrier's 1991 Florida Gators compiled the first-ever ten-win season in program history, an overall record of 10–2 and a perfect SEC record of 7–0.[3] The Gators closed out their season with their first New Year's Day bowl appearance since 1974, a 28–39 defeat by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Sugar Bowl, and were ranked seventh in the final Associated Press Poll.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9–7–1991 San Jose State* #6 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida W 59–21   83,067
9–14–1991 #17 Alabama #6 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN W 35–0   85,069
9–21–1991 at #17 Syracuse* #5 Carrier DomeSyracuse, New York ABC L 21–38   49,823
9–28–1991 vs. #21 Mississippi State #14 Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida TBS W 29–7   69,328
10–5–1991 at LSU #13 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 16–0   72,019
10–12–1991 #4 Tennessee #10 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN W 35–18   85,165
10–19–1991 Northern Illinois* #6 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 41–10   83,708
11–2–1991 at Auburn #6 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama ABC W 31–10   83,714
11–9–1991 vs. #23 Georgia #6 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida ESPN W 45–13   81,679
11–16–1991 Kentucky #5 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 35–26   84,109
11–30–1991 #3 Florida State* #5 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ABC W 14–9   85,461
1–1–1992 vs. #18 Notre Dame* #3 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, Louisiana (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 28–39   76,477
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


1992[edit]

1992 Florida Gators football
SEC Eastern Division Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #11
AP #10
1992 record 9–4 (6–2 1st East SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Ron Zook
Captain Shane Matthews
Carlton Miles
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 1991 1993 »
1992 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Eastern Division
#10 Florida xy 6 2 0     9 4 0
#8 Georgia x 6 2 0     10 2 0
#12 Tennessee 5 3 0     9 3 0
South Carolina 3 5 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 2 6 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 2 6 0     4 7 0
Western Division
#1 Alabama x 8 0 0     13 0 0
#16 Ole Miss 5 3 0     9 3 0
#23 Mississippi State 4 4 0     7 5 0
Arkansas 3 4 1     3 7 1
Auburn 2 5 1     5 5 1
LSU 1 7 0     2 9 0
Championship:Alabama 28, Florida 21
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1992 college football season was Steve Spurrier's third as the Florida Gators football team's head coach, and the wins were harder to come by as the star-studded senior classes from 1990 and 1991 had graduated. The Gators racked up six tough Southeastern Conference (SEC) wins over the Kentucky Wildcats (35–19), LSU Tigers (28–21), Auburn Tigers (24–9), seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (26–24), South Carolina Gamecocks (14–9), and Vanderbilt Commodores (41–21). They also suffered two crushing SEC losses to the fourteenth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers (14–31) in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the twenty-fourth-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (6–30) on a Thursday night in Starkville, Mississippi.

The Gators' non-conference schedule included a homecoming victory over the Louisville Cardinals (31–17), and another surprisingly difficult win over Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (24–20). They closed their regular season with a road loss to the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles (24–45) in Tallahassee.

The Gators finished their SEC schedule with a 6–2 conference record, placing first among the six teams of the new SEC Eastern Division and earning a berth in the first-ever SEC Championship Game in Birmingham, Alabama. Spurrier's scrappy young Gators, however, fell short against the SEC Western Division champion, the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (21–28). The Crimson Tide would later defeat the Miami Hurricanes in the Sugar Bowl to win the 1992 national championship.

Spurrier's 1992 Florida Gators posted a 9–4 overall record, concluding their season with a victory over the twelfth-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack (27–10) in the Gator Bowl, and ranking tenth in the final Associated Press Poll.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9–12–1992 Kentucky #4 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JP W 35–19   84,553
9–19–1992 at #14 Tennessee #4 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee ABC L 14–31   97,137
10–1–1992 at #24 Mississippi State #13 Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi ESPN L 6–30   38,886
10–10–1992 LSU #23 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JP W 28–21   83,401
10–17–1992 Auburn #23 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ABC W 24–9   84,098
10–24–1992 Louisville* #20 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 31–17   84,476
10–31–1992 vs. #7 Georgia #20 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida ABC W 26–24   82,429
11–7–1992 Southern Miss* #14 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 24–20   82,882
11–14–1992 South Carolina #11 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JP W 14–9   84,777
11–21–1992 at Vanderbilt #9 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee JP W 41–21   32,279
11–28–1992 at #3 Florida State* #6 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ABC L 24–45   68,311
12–5–1992 vs. #2 Alabama #12 Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama (SEC Championship) ABC L 21–28   83,091
12–31–1992 vs. #12 NC State* #14 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida (Gator Bowl) TBS W 27–10   71,233
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1993[edit]

1993 Florida Gators football
SEC Champions
SEC Eastern Division Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #5
1993 record 11–2 (7–1 1st SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Ron Zook
Captain William Gaines
Harrison Houston
Errict Rhett
Ed Robinson
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 1992 1994 »
1993 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Eastern Division
#5 Florida x 7 1 0     11 2 0
#12 Tennessee 6 1 1     9 2 1
Kentucky 4 4 0     6 6 0
South Carolina 2 6 0     4 7 0
Georgia 2 6 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 1 7 0     4 7 0
Western Division
#4 Auburn 8 0 0     11 0 0
#14 Alabama x 5 2 1     9 3 1
Arkansas 3 4 1     5 5 1
LSU 3 5 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 3 5 0     5 6 0
Mississippi State 2 5 1     3 6 2
Championship: Florida 28, Alabama 13
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
  • Auburn had the best division record, but did not participate in postseason play due to NCAA probation. Alabama later forfeited all 1993 regular season wins and one tie due to NCAA violations.
    Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1993 college football season was the fourth for Steve Spurrier as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The players' and fans' preseason expectations for the Gators' fourth season under Spurrier were high, and some commentators began to speak openly about the possibility of the Gators making a run for the national title.

The Gators finished the regular season with a conference record of 7–1, and in first place among the six teams of the SEC Eastern Division, thus earning a berth in the second SEC Championship Game in Birmingham, Alabama. The Gators were paired against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the championship game—a rematch of the 1992 SEC Championship Game. The Gators defeated the Crimson Tide 28–13, winning their first SEC Championship Game and their second SEC football championship in three seasons.

Spurrier's 1993 Florida Gators compiled a 10–2 overall record. Although the Gators fell short of their hopes for a national championship, the 1993 season marked the first time that they were ranked in the top ten of the Associated Press Poll during every week of the season, and they were ranked fifth in the final AP Poll, following their 41–7 Sugar Bowl victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9–4–1993 Arkansas State* #8 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida W 44–6   84,051
9–11–1993 at Kentucky #7 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky W 24–20   58,175
9–18–1993 #5 Tennessee #9 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ABC W 41–34   85,247
10–2–1993 Mississippi State #5 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JP W 38–24   84,738
10–9–1993 at LSU #5 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana ESPN W 58–3   60,060
10–16–1993 at #19 Auburn #4 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama L 35–38   85,284
10–30–1993 vs. Georgia #10 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida ABC W 33–26   80,392
11–6–1993 Southwestern Louisiana* #9 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 61–14   83,711
11–13–1993 at South Carolina #8 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina JP W 37–26   70,188
11–20–1993 Vanderbilt #8 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JP W 52–0   83,818
11–27–1993 #1 Florida State* #7 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ABC L 21–33   85,507
12–4–1993 vs. #17 Alabama #9 Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama (SEC Championship) ABC W 28–13   76,345
1–1–1994 vs. #3 West Virginia* #8 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, Louisiana (Sugar Bowl) ABC W 41–7   75,437
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


1994[edit]

1994 Florida Gators football
SEC Champions
SEC Eastern Division Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #7
1994 record 10–2–1 (7–1 1st SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Bob Pruett
Captain Terry Dean
Aubrey Hill
Ellis Johnson
Larry Kennedy
Henry McMillian
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 1993 1995 »
1994 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Eastern Division
#7 Florida x 7 1 0     10 2 1
#22 Tennessee 5 3 0     8 4 0
South Carolina 4 4 0     7 5 0
Georgia 3 4 1     6 4 1
Vanderbilt 2 6 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 0 8 0     1 10 0
Western Division
#5 Alabama x 8 0 0     12 1 0
#9 Auburn 6 1 1     9 1 1
Mississippi State 5 3 0     8 4 0
LSU 3 5 0     4 7 0
Arkansas 2 6 0     4 7 0
Ole Miss 2 6 0     4 7 0
Championship: Florida 24, Alabama 23
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1994 college football season was Steve Spurrier's fifth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Spurrier's 1994 Florida Gators posted an overall record of 10–2–1 and a 6–1 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing first among the six SEC Eastern Division teams and winning the SEC championship.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9–3–1994 New Mexico State* #1 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida W 70–21   84,721
9–10–1994 Kentucky #2 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ABC W 73–7   85,238
9–17–1994 at #15 Tennessee #1 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee ESPN W 31–0   96,656
10–1–1994 at Mississippi #1 Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi JP W 38–14   38,360
10–8–1994 LSU #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JP W 42–18   85,385
10–15–1994 #6 Auburn #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ABC L 33–36   85,562
10–29–1994 Georgia #5 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN W 52–14   85,604
11–5–1994 Southern Miss* #4 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 55–17   85,448
11–12–1994 South Carolina #4 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JP W 48–17   85,028
11–19–1994 at Vanderbilt #3 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee W 24–7   33,508
11–26–1994 at #7 Florida State* #4 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ABC T 31–31   80,210
12–3–1994 vs. #3 Alabama #6 Georgia DomeAtlanta, Georgia (SEC Championship) ABC W 24–23   74,751
1–1–1995 vs. #7 Florida State* #5 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, Louisiana (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 17–23   76,244
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1995[edit]

1995 Florida Gators football
SEC Champions
SEC Eastern Division Champions
Fiesta Bowl, L 24–62 vs. Nebraska
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #3
AP #2
1995 record 12–1 (8–0 1st SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Bob Pruett
Captain Mark Campbell
Chris Doering
Reggie Green
Ben Hanks
Jason Odom
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 1994 1996 »
1995 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Eastern Division
#2 Florida x 8 0 0     12 1 0
#3 Tennessee 7 1 0     11 1 0
Georgia 3 5 0     6 6 0
South Carolina 2 5 1     4 6 1
Kentucky 2 6 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 1 7 0     2 9 0
Western Division
Arkansas x 6 2 0     8 5 0
#21 Alabama 5 3 0     8 3 0
#22 Auburn 5 3 0     8 4 0
LSU 4 3 1     7 4 1
Ole Miss 3 5 0     6 5 0
Mississippi State 1 7 0     3 8 0
Championship: Florida 34, Arkansas 3
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1995 college football season was the Florida Gators football team's sixth year under head coach Steve Spurrier. The Gators won their first twelve games of the season, defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 34–3 in the 1995 SEC Championship Game, and were ranked second in the nation, before losing the Bowl Alliance national championship game 24–62 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl. Spurrier's 1995 Florida Gators compiled an overall record of 12–1 and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 8–0, placing first among the six SEC Eastern Division teams and winning the SEC championship.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9–2–1995 Houston* #5 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida W 45–21   84,672
9–9–1995 at Kentucky #5 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky W 42–7   53,524
9–16–1995 #8 Tennessee #4 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ABC W 62–37   85,105
9–30–1995 Mississippi #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 28–10   85,174
10–7–1995 at #21 LSU #3 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana JP W 28–10   80,583
10–14–1995 at #7 Auburn #3 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama ABC W 49–38   85,214
10–28–1995 at Georgia #3 Sanford StadiumAthens, Georgia ABC W 52–17   86,117
11–4–1995 Northern Illinois* #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 58–20   84,922
11–11–1995 at South Carolina #3 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina ESPN W 63–7   71,638
11–18–1995 Vanderbilt #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JP W 38–7   85,248
11–25–1995 #6 Florida State* #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ABC W 35–24   85,711
12–2–1995 vs. #24 Arkansas #2 Georgia DomeAtlanta, Georgia (SEC Championship) ABC W 34–3   71,324
1–2–1996 vs. #1 Nebraska* #2 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona (Fiesta Bowl) CBS L 24–62   79,864
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


1996[edit]

1996 Florida Gators football
National Champions
SEC Champions
SEC Eastern Division Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1996 record 12–1 (8–0 1st SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Bob Stoops
Captain James Bates
Anthone Lott
Jeff Mitchell
Lawrence Wright
Danny Wuerffel
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#1 Florida x   8 0         12 1  
#9 Tennessee   7 1         10 2  
South Carolina   4 4         6 5  
Kentucky   3 5         4 7  
Georgia   3 5         5 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
#11 Alabama xy   6 2         10 3  
#12 LSU x   6 2         10 2  
#24 Auburn   4 4         8 4  
Mississippi State   3 5         5 6  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 7  
Championship: Florida 45, Alabama 30
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1996 college football season was Steve Spurrier's seventh as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Spurrier's 1996 Florida Gators posted a 12–1 overall record an 8–0 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing first among the six SEC Eastern Division teams and winning the SEC championship.[3] The Gators capped their season by defeating the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles 52–20 in a rematch in the Sugar Bowl and winning the national championship.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
8–31–1996 Southwestern Louisiana* #4 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida W 55–21   85,050
9–7–1996 Georgia Southern* #4 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida SS W 62–14   84,962
9–21–1996 at #2 Tennessee #4 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee CBS W 35–29   107,608
9–28–1996 Kentucky #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS W 65–0   85,422
10–5–1996 at Arkansas #1 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas JP W 42–7   52,318
10–12–1996 #12 LSU #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) CBS W 56–13   85,567
10–19–1996 #16 Auburn #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS W 51–10   85,697
11–2–1996 vs. Georgia #1 Alltel StadiumJacksonville, Florida CBS W 47–7   84,103
11–9–1996 at Vanderbilt #1 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee JP W 28–21   40,249
11–16–1996 South Carolina #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN W 52–25   85,701
11–30–1996 at #2 Florida State* #1 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ABC L 21–24   80,932
12–7–1996 vs. #11 Alabama #4 Georgia DomeAtlanta, Georgia (SEC Championship) ABC W 45–30   74,132
1–2–1997 vs. #1 Florida State* #3 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, Louisiana (Sugar Bowl) ABC W 52–20   78,344
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1997[edit]

1997 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #4
1997 record 10–2 (6–2 T-2nd East SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Offensive coordinator Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Bob Stoops
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »
1997 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#7 Tennessee x   7 1         11 2  
#10 Georgia   6 2         10 2  
#4 Florida   6 2         10 2  
South Carolina   3 5         5 6  
Kentucky   2 6         5 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         3 8  
Western Division
#11 Auburn xy   6 2         10 3  
#13 LSU x   6 2         9 3  
#22 Ole Miss   4 4         8 4  
Mississippi State   4 4         7 4  
Alabama   2 6         4 7  
Arkansas   2 6         4 7  
Championship: Tennessee 30, Auburn 29
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1997 college football season was the eighth for Steve Spurrier as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Spurrier's 1997 Florida Gators finished with a 10–2 overall record and a 6–2 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), tying for second place among the six SEC Eastern Division teams.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
8–30–1997 Southern Miss* #2 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida ESPN2 W 21–6   85,439
9–6–1997 Central Michigan* #2 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 82–6   85,347
9–20–1997 #4 Tennessee #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS W 33–20   85,714
9–27–1997 at Kentucky #1 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky CBS W 55–28   59,244
10–4–1997 Arkansas #1 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN2 W 56–7   85,253
10–11–1997 at #14 LSU #1 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana ESPN L 21–28   80,677
10–18–1997 at #6 Auburn #7 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama CBS W 24–10   85,244
11–1–1997 vs. #14 Georgia #6 Alltel StadiumJacksonville, Florida CBS L 17–37   84,297
11–8–1997 Vanderbilt #13 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) JP W 20–7   85,305
11–15–1997 at South Carolina #12 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina JP W 48–21   80,072
11–22–1997 #2 Florida State* #10 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS W 32–29   85,677
1–1–1998 vs. #11 Penn State* #6 Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida (Florida Citrus Bowl) ABC W 21–6   72,940
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1998[edit]

1998 Florida Gators football
Orange Bowl, W 31–10 v. Syracuse
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #5
1998 record 10–2 (7–1 2nd East SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Offensive coordinator Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Bob Stoops
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 1997 1999 »
1998 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#1 Tennessee x   8 0         13 0  
#5 Florida   7 1         10 2  
#14 Georgia   6 2         9 3  
Kentucky   4 4         7 5  
Vanderbilt   1 7         2 9  
South Carolina   0 8         1 10  
Western Division
Mississippi State xy   6 2         8 5  
#16 Arkansas x   6 2         9 3  
Alabama   4 4         7 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 5  
LSU   2 6         4 7  
Auburn   1 7         3 8  
Championship: Tennessee 24, Mississippi State 14
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1998 college football season was the Florida Gators football team's ninth under head coach Steve Spurrier. Spurrier's 1998 Florida Gators compiled an overall record of 10–2 and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 7–1, placing second among the six teams of the SEC Eastern Division.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9–5–1998 The Citadel* #3 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida W 49–10   85,061
9–12–1998 Northeast Louisiana* #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 42–10   85,228
9–19–1998 at #6 Tennessee #2 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee CBS L 17–20 OT  107,653
9–26–1998 #25 Kentucky #8 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS W 51–35   85,011
10–3–1998 at Alabama #8 Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama JP W 16–10   83,818
10–10–1998 #11 LSU #6 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN W 22–10   85,404
10–17–1998 Auburn #5 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS W 24–3   85,557
10–31–1998 vs. #11 Georgia #5 Alltel StadiumJacksonville, Florida CBS W 38–7   84,321
11–7–1998 at Vanderbilt #5 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee W 45–13   33,576
11–14–1998 South Carolina #4 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) JP W 33–14   85,528
11–21–1998 at #5 Florida State* #4 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ABC L 12–23   81,614
1–2–1999 vs. #18 Syracuse* #7 Miami Orange BowlMiami, Florida (Orange Bowl) ABC W 31–10   67,919
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1999[edit]

1999 Florida Gators football
SEC Eastern Division Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #14
AP #12
1999 record 9–4 (7–1 1st East SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Offensive coordinator Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Jon Hoke
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 1998 2000 »
1999 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#12 Florida x   7 1         9 4  
#9 Tennessee   6 2         9 3  
#16 Georgia   5 3         8 4  
Kentucky   4 4         6 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         5 6  
South Carolina   0 8         0 11  
Western Division
#8 Alabama x   7 1         10 3  
#13 Mississippi State   6 2         10 2  
#22 Ole Miss   4 4         8 4  
#17 Arkansas   4 4         8 4  
Auburn   2 6         5 6  
LSU   1 7         3 8  
Championship: Alabama 34, Florida 7
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1999 college football season was Steve Spurrier's tenth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The Gators returned to the SEC Championship Game after a two-year hiatus, but did not bring home another SEC Championship trophy. After losing the SEC Championship Game 34–7 to the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Gators ended their season with a last-second 37–34 loss to the Michigan State Spartans in the Citrus Bowl. Spurrier's 1999 Florida Gators posted a 9–4 overall record and a 7–1 record in the Southeastern Conference, placing first among the six SEC Eastern Division teams.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9–4–1999 Western Michigan* #4 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida W 55–26   85,322
9–11–1999 UCF* #4 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 58–27   85,346
9–18–1999 #2 Tennessee #4 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS W 23–21   85,707
9–25–1999 at Kentucky #3 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky ESPN W 38–10   70,971
10–2–1999 #21 Alabama #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS L 39–40 OT  85,721
10–9–1999 at LSU #8 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana CBS W 31–10   80,255
10–16–1999 at Auburn #7 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama ESPN2 W 32–14   85,214
10–30–1999 vs. #10 Georgia #5 Alltel StadiumJacksonville, Florida CBS W 30–14   84,397
11–6–1999 Vanderbilt #5 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) CBS W 13–6   85,117
11–13–1999 at South Carolina #4 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina JP W 20–3   73,951
11–18–1999 #1 Florida State* #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS L 23–30   85,747
12–4–1999 vs. #7 Alabama #5 Georgia DomeAtlanta, Georgia (SEC Championship) ABC L 7–34   74,309
1–1–2000 vs. #9 Michigan State* #10 Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida (Florida Citrus Bowl) ABC L 34–37   62,011
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Norm Carlson, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, pp. 104–126 (2007).
  2. ^ a b c d e Carlson, University of Florida Football Vault, pp. 105–109.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n 2012 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Carlson, University of Florida Football Vault, pp. 107–108.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 2009 Southeastern Conference Football Media Guide, Florida Year-by-Year Records, Southeastern Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, p. 60 (2009).
  • 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–116 (2012).
  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.

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