1988 Florida Gators football team

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1988 Florida Gators football
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Conference Southeastern Conference
1988 record 7–5 (4–3 T-4th SEC)
Head coach Galen Hall
Offensive coordinator Lynn Amadee
Defensive coordinator Gary Darnell
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
← 1987
1989 →
1988 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Auburn + 6 1 0     10 2 0
#19 LSU + 6 1 0     8 4 0
#15 Georgia 5 2 0     9 3 0
#17 Alabama 4 3 0     9 3 0
Florida 4 3 0     7 5 0
Tennessee 3 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 3 4 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 2 5 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 2 5 0     3 8 0
Mississippi State 0 7 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1988 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was Galen Hall's fifth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Hall's 1988 Florida Gators finished with a 7–5 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 4–3, tying for fourth place among the ten SEC teams.[1]

The Gators started the 1988 season 5-0 and were ranked as high as No. 14. During an October game against the Memphis State Tigers, star running back Emmitt Smith injured his knee and was unable to play for a month. Florida lost the Memphis State contest and the next three as well, with the Gator offense unable to score a single touchdown while Smith was sidelined. The offense under coordinator Lynn Amadee struggled all season, with Gator quarterbacks combining to throw three touchdowns and 17 interceptions,[2] leading one Florida sports columnist to dub the offense the "Amadeeville Horror".[3] Defensive tackle Trace Armstrong was All-SEC in 1988, setting a new school, single-season record for tackles for a loss with nineteen, including seven sacks. In both 1987 and 1988, walk-on safety Louis Oliver was an All-American.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9–3–1988 Montana State* Florida FieldGainesville, FL W 69–0   69,121
9–10–1988 Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS W 27–15   42,000
9–17–1988 Indiana State* Florida Field • Gainesville, FL W 58–0   70,147
9–24–1988 Mississippi State No. 20 Florida Field • Gainesville, FL W 17–0   73,138
10–1–1988 No. 14 Louisiana State No. 17 Florida Field • Gainesville, FL CBS W 19–6   74,264
10–8–1988 Memphis State* No. 14 Florida Field • Gainesville, FL L 11–17   73,194
10–15–1988 Vanderbilt No. 20 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN TBS L 9–24   41,000
10–29–1988 No. 9 Auburn Florida Field • Gainesville, FL (HC) ESPN L 0–16   75,199
11–5–1988 No. 19 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL TBS L 3–26   81,958
11–12–1988 Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY W 24–19   51,191
11–26–1988 No. 5 Florida State* Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ESPN L 17–52   62,693
12–29–1988 Illinois Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (All-American Bowl) ESPN W 14–10   48,218
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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


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