McElwain pulling right strings as Florida Gators focusing on ‘the now’ and winning because of it

Is there any legitimate argument in opposition to the contention that Jim McElwain should be the unanimous SEC Coach of the Year at season’s end?

The first-year Florida Gators head coach has been so masterful at pulling the right strings, making calculated decisions and moving his team forward on a weekly basis that he resembles more and more his mentor – you know, the one he and Florida could very well meet in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 5.

Yes, the No. 11 Gators are 7-1 (5-1 SEC) with their sole loss coming on the road, at night in one of the toughest environments in college football to No. 4 LSU … by seven points … with the game-winning score coming on a fake field goal touchdown … in a week where Florida lost its burgeoning star quarterback to a year-long suspension for a violation of the NCAA’s banned substance policy.

But it is the fact that McElwain has Florida playing as well as it is with that one negligible loss that is truly impressive. How has he done it? By getting players to focus on the individual game, practice, drill or play in front of them and not look further ahead.

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Florida Gators stay put at No. 11/12 in top 25 polls after dominant win over Georgia

The Florida Gators (7-1, 5-1 SEC) did not budge in the weekly top 25 rankings, checking in at No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll coming off a dominant 27-3 win over the Georgia Bulldogs.

Last week, the Gators were listed at No. 11 in the AP rankings and No. 12 in the USA Today poll. Florida now has 923 votes (+56) in the Week 10 AP rankings and 942 votes (+94) in the USA Today poll.

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7 Quick Hits: No. 11 Florida Gators beat Georgia 27-3, firmly in control of SEC destiny

No. 11 Florida Gators football (7-1, 5-1 SEC) pulled away late in the first half and cruised to a 27-3 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs (5-3, 3-3 SEC) on Saturday at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

Though Florida’s passing offense left much to be desired, the Gators were simply the better team Saturday, forcing five turnovers on defense (four interceptions) and seeing the running game compile 244 yards on 44 total touches.

With the victory, the Gators take a firm hold on the SEC East crown. It would take Florida losing out and Vanderbilt winning out in order for a three-way tie to be forced in the division. As such, UF is likely headed to the SEC Championship Game for the first time since 2009.

OnlyGators.com breaks down seven of the most important takeaways from the Gators’ biggest victory yet under head coach Jim McElwain … coming up momentarily.

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Gameday – Florida Gators vs. Georgia: What to know, how to watch on TV, live stream online

No. 11 Florida Gators football is coming off a bye week into its most pivotal game of the season, a rivalry showdown with the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party once again has significant implications, especially for the Gators, which could all but clinch the SEC East and a spot in the SEC Championship game with a victory against the rival Bulldogs.

Here’s a look ahead at Saturday’s game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Georgia.

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Event: World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party
Location: EverBank Field – Jacksonville, Florida [Capacity: 82,871]
Weather: 81°F, sunny (0% chance of rain), winds E at 8 mph

Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Allie LaForce)

Streaming Video: CBSSports.com | Mobile Video: CBS Sports app (iPhone) / (Android)
SiriusXM: 81 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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Friday Final: Gators control their own destiny, which is normal for Florida-Georgia game

We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 11 Florida Gators as they prepare for their rivalry showdown against the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

Florida (6-1, 4-1 SEC) and Georgia (5-2, 3-2 SEC) will do battle in a game that could very well decide the SEC East, with the Gators all but clinching the title with a victory and the Bulldogs pulling in front of the race with a tiebreaker if they pull off a win. The contest will air live nationally on CBS and kick from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Florida practice update: WR Antonio Callaway (foot) looks to be fine, Gators want to stop the run

No. 11 Florida Gators football is in the process of preparing for a pivotal rivalry contest Saturday when it meets the Georgia Bulldogs at 3:30 p.m. in Jacksonville, Florida, for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

Head coach Jim McElwain met with the media Wednesday to provide some updates on his team through the week’s midway point. Though he was not pleased with Florida’s preparation on Wednesday, a day in which the Gators also suffered an injury scare, he appeared to remain confident in what the team was doing heading into a game that could result in UF all but locking up the SEC East division crown and a spot in the league’s championship game.

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Preparing for Georgia: Florida bye week came at a perfect time for Gators, QB Treon Harris

No. 11 Florida Gators football, coming off its bye week, continues preparations for its rivalry game against the Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville, Florida, set for Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Head coach Jim McElwain met with the media Monday to discuss the Gators’ mindset entering the game, the performance of his new starting quarterback and more ahead of the Georgia game.

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Florida to get five injured players back vs. Georgia; Gators’ walk-on kicker search continues

The bye week has done wonders for the health of the No. 11 Florida Gators. With so many players on the mend from relatively minor injuries, Florida has been able to stack its depth chart and retool ahead of its rivalry showdown with the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.

“This was a great week for us,” Gators head coach Jim McElwain said Monday. “It looks good. We had a pretty good week off as far as getting those guys back.”

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