Friday Final: One year later, Saban protege McElwain leads Gators into tough SEC title test

We’re back with the last regular-season edition of Florida Football Friday Final, as OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 18 Florida Gators before they take on the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2015 SEC Championship Game on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The Gators (10-2) and Crimson Tide (11-1) will do battle with Florida not only a severe underdog but looking to play the role of spoiler to Alabama’s hopes of making the College Football Playoff.

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Florida Gators practice update: Demarcus Robinson back, team calm, QB notes, injuries

No. 18 Florida Gators football is in the process of preparing for its first Southeastern Conference Championship Game appearance since 2009 when it meets the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia.

Head coach Jim McElwain met with the media early in the week to provide some updates on his team as it prepares for its toughest test of the season.

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Quick hits: Florida Gators offense embarrasses as Florida State nearly shuts out UF 27-2

The No. 12 Florida Gators (10-2) put together another stellar defensive effort, but their embarrassing offense fell well short of effective as the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles (10-2) nearly shut out the hosts 27-2 on Saturday night at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

In front of a record crowd, the Gators offense was unable to muster a single point with Florida only scoring on a fourth-quarter safety created off a forced fumble by freshman defensive end CeCe Jefferson. Though UF avoided its first shutout since 1988, that was about the only positive to take away from the affair.

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Friday Final: McElwain’s personality keeps Gators motivated; defense soaring; J.C. Jackson

We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 8 Florida Gators as they prepare a tune-up against the Florida Atlantic Owls at 12 p.m. on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

The Gators (9-1) and Owls (2-8) will do battle as Florida looks to retain its standing in the College Football Playoff Rankings going into its regular season-ending showdown with Florida State next week.

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Gators may be without four linemen – three on defense – for Florida-FAU game

While the No. 8 Florida Gators may have bigger fish to fry going forward, head coach Jim McElwain made it clear this week that the team is not looking ahead this week but rather focused on its upcoming opponent, the Florida Atlantic Owls.

But when the Gators and Owls line up on Saturday at noon in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida will be shorthanded with as many as four linemen on the shelf for the game.

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Quick hits: No. 11 Florida Gators beats South Carolina 24-14 as Jim McElwain makes history

No. 11 Florida Gators football (9-1, 7-1 SEC) was a wire-to-wire victor on Saturday, ending its Southeastern Conference schedule with a decisive 24-14 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.

In leading the Gators to a 7-1 league record, head coach Jim McElwain set a new mark for SEC wins (seven) as a first-year coach at Florida. McElwain also tied four coaches for most total victories (nine) … and that’s with two regular-season and up to five total games remaining.

Here are five immediate takeaways from the Gators’ latest victory.

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Florida Football Friday Final: Can Demarcus Robinson be the playmaker the Gators need?

We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 11 Florida Gators as they prepare an important showdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.

Florida (8-1, 6-1 SEC) and South Carolina (3-6, 1-6 SEC) will do battle as the Gators look to preserve their momentum and the Gamecocks try to turn around their season work their way back to bowl eligibility for the eighth straight year.

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Quick hits: No. 10 Florida Gators escape Vanderbilt, clinch first SEC East title since 2009

No. 10 Florida Gators football (8-1, 6-1 SEC) was chewing its collective nails throughout the game Saturday but left Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as the 2015 SEC East division champions after escaping a tough Vanderbilt Commodores team 9-7 on a late field goal by redshirt junior kicker Austin Hardin.

It is Florida’s first SEC East crown since 2009 and the first time the Gators won a game with fewer than 10 points scored since 1968 (Florida State).

OnlyGators.com will be back with more later, but here are five immediate takeaways from Florida’s latest victory.

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