Call it the reincarnation of the Flu Game. With 22 players either catching the flu or dealing with flu-like symptoms this week, the No. 25 Florida Gators (5-0, 3-0 SEC) would not be denied, pulling off one of the most dominant wins over a Southeastern Conference opponent in the history of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium with a 38-10 domination of the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels (4-1, 2-1 SEC) in a game that was never close from the start.
No. 25 Florida Gators football will look to remain undefeated against the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday afternoon. The Gators are hoping to avoid dropping a Southeastern Conference game while hosting with one of the top-ranked teams in the nation.
Here’s a look ahead at Saturday’s game: what to know and how to watch the Gators.
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather: 70°F, mostly cloudy (15% chance of rain), winds WNW at 9 mph
Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT
TV: ESPN (Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)
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We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 25 Florida Gators as they prepare for their first ranked game in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium since 2012 against the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels.
The Gators (4-0) will host the Rebels on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Gainesville, Florida, with the contest airing live nationally on ESPN.
It appears as if the flu bug that hit the No. 25 Florida Gators football program has caught up with arguably its most important player. Redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier, who started the team’s last three games, may not play in Saturday’s contest against the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels as he’s currently “battling illness,” according to the Associated Press’ Mark Long, who cited a source.
Multiple other outlets, including The Gainesville Sun, simultaneously reported that Grier’s status is up in the air, noting that the Gators do hope to have Grier active for the game but simply do not know whether he will feel well enough to play at this time. He will likely be a game-time decision for the contest.
By Shannon Snell – OnlyGators.com Featured Columnist
How about those Gators … or maybe we should refer to them as the “Cardiac Kids?” Whatever your preference at this point in the season, Florida is 4-0 after defeating what I thought was a really good Tennessee team.
One of the things that I believe too often gets blown out of proportion is a “streak.” As a matter of fact, I hate the word. It has so many different meanings to so many different people. Case in point: I’m a huge New York Yankees fan. I grew up in Tampa, and they held spring training at Legends Field, right down the street from the old Tampa Stadium. One of my favorite players was Joe DiMaggio. The guy was an absolute animal. Clearly, he was one of best hitters in baseball during his era, and in my opinion, the best of all time. Of course, I’m referring to DiMaggio’s record 56-game hitting streak, one that will likely never be broken. This is not the same as a winning streak spanning a decade. DiMaggio went out every day and did his job. He did his job 56 times in a row and did it well as an individual streak.
OnlyGators.com: Six Years Strong
As we enter our sixth year here at OnlyGators.com, I come to you with good news on the horizon. What exactly is that good news? Well, I don’t want to spoil the fun just yet, but let’s just say it involves the contribution button you’ve seen for the last 20 months on the website. And it is coming soon. Very soon.
No. 25 Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain met with the media on Wednesday to preview his team’s Saturday contest against the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels. The Southeastern Conference foes will go head-to-head in a 7 p.m. home game for the Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.
McElwain addressed his starting quarterback, whether Florida has any injury concerns entering the game and how the Gators have prepared for their toughest test yet this season.
It is not rare for former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow to bring his fans to tears. But an emotional meeting between Tebow and Nathaniel, one such young fan who is currently in the hospital had the Internet buzzing on Tuesday.
Why? Because of the fan’s reaction, which is just absolute and pure joy when his idol took a seat by his bedside int he Jacksonville hospital.