1961 Florida Gators football team

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1961 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1961 record 4–5–1 (3–3 6th SEC)
Head coach Ray Graves
Defensive coordinator Jack Green
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1960 1962 »
1961 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Alabama + 7 0 0     11 0 0
#4 LSU + 6 0 0     10 1 0
#5 Ole Miss 5 1 0     9 2 0
#13 Georgia Tech 4 3 0     7 4 0
Tennessee 4 3 0     6 4 0
Florida 3 3 0     4 5 1
Auburn 3 4 0     6 4 0
Kentucky 2 4 0     5 5 0
Georgia 2 5 0     3 7 0
Mississippi State 1 5 0     5 5 0
Tulane 1 5 0     2 8 0
Vanderbilt 1 6 0     2 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1961 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1961 college football season. The season was Ray Graves' second as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team, and the Gators posted their only losing season in Graves' ten years as their coach. Graves' 1961 Florida Gators finished with a 4–5–1 overall record and a 3–3 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing sixth among the twelve SEC teams.[1]

Before the season[edit]

The Gators attempted LSU coach Paul Dietzel's three-platoon system.[2]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–23–1961 Clemson* Florida FieldGainesville, FL W 21–7  
9–30–1961 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, FL T 3–3  
10–6–1961 Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA W 14–3  
10–14–1961 Rice* Rice StadiumHouston, TX L 10–19  
10–21–1961 Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 7–0  
10–28–1961 No. 7 Louisiana State Florida Field • Gainesville, FL (HC) L 0–23  
11–4–1961 No. 7 Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 0–20  
11–11–1961 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL W 21–14  
11–25–1961 Auburn Cliff Hare StadiumAuburn, AL L 15–32  
12–2–1961 Miami* Florida Field • Gainesville, FL L 6–15  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Golenbock, p. 147

External links[edit]

  • 1961 highlights
  • Golenbock, Peter (2002). Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory. St. Petersburg, Florida: Legends Publishing, LLC. ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.