Today was a historical day of football in The Swamp. Unfortunately, what transpired in Gainesville is nothing for Will Muschamp and Co. to be proud of. The Florida Gators lost to the Vanderbilt Commodores at home for the first time since 1945, to drop to 4-5 overall and 3-4 in SEC play. Worst of all, the 34-17 loss virtually guarantees Florida will finish below .500 for the first time since 1979.
Two of the Gators’ final three games are against teams ranked in the top 15, and there’s no reason to believe Florida can hang with South Carolina or Florida State. Heck, at this point, even the Georgia Southern game might not be a lock. This team is imploding from the offense out, and the water in The Swamp is rising around Muschamp.
Things have been rough for the Gators all season, but everything seems to be unraveling at this point. Losses are bad enough, but the constant self-inflicted wounds are becoming too much to tolerate. Florida out-gained the Commodores 344 to 183, but four turnovers and 11 penalties for 83 yards helped the Gators give another game away. Physically, the Gators look as if they’ve simply stopped competing; Vandy held Florida to a pitiful 39 rushing yards all game.
The question is, if this teams continues to slip further underwater, will Muschamp have a job come December? Without a unexpected turnaround, he’ll bear the lowly distinction as the guy who ended a 25-year streak of winning seasons (virtually a lock) and a 33-year streak of finishing .550 or better. Even the oft-goaded Ron Zook managed to finish every season at Florida with a winning record.
This team could be losing more than games, as the Gators could be coach-less in just a few short weeks after two bad losses to the Gamecocks and Seminoles.