1988 Florida Gators football team
|1988 Florida Gators football|
|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|
|1988 SEC football standings|
|#8 Auburn +||6||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|#19 LSU +||6||–||1||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
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.
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, leading one Florida sports columnist to dub the offense the "Amadeeville Horror". 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
|9–3–1988||Montana State*||Florida Field • Gainesville, FL||W 69–0||69,121|
|9–10–1988||Mississippi||Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, 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 Stadium • Nashville, 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 Stadium • Jacksonville, FL||TBS||L 3–26||81,958|
|11–12–1988||Kentucky||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||W 24–19||51,191|
|11–26–1988||No. 5 Florida State*||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL||ESPN||L 17–52||62,693|
|12–29–1988||Illinois||Legion Field • Birmingham, 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.
- 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.