1992 Florida Gators football team

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1992 Florida Gators football
SEC Eastern Division champions
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 11
AP No. 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

The 1992 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1992 college football season. The 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 AP Poll.[1]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9–12–1992 Kentucky No. 4 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida JPS W 35–19   84,553
9–19–1992 No. 14 Tennessee No. 4 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee ABC L 14–31   97,137
10–1–1992 No. 24 Mississippi State No. 13 Scott FieldStarkville, Mississippi ESPN L 6–30   38,886
10–10–1992 Louisiana State No. 23 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JPS W 28–21   83,401
10–17–1992 Auburn No. 23 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ABC W 24–9   84,098
10–24–1992 Louisville* No. 20 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (HC) W 31–17   84,476
10–31–1992 No. 7 Georgia No. 20 Gator BowlJacksonville, Florida ABC W 26–24   82,429
11–7–1992 Southern Mississippi* No. 14 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 24–20   82,882
11–14–1992 South Carolina No. 11 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JPS W 14–9   84,777
11–21–1992 Vanderbilt No. 9 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee JPS W 41–21   32,279
11–28–1992 No. 3 Florida State* No. 6 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ABC L 24–45   68,311
12–5–1992 No. 2 Alabama No. 12 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (SEC Championship) ABC L 21–28   83,091
12–31–1992 No. 12 North Carolina State* No. 14 Gator BowlJacksonville, Florida (Gator Bowl) TBS W 27–10   71,233
*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.