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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Six quick hits: LSU, Fournette run over Gators 35-28; Florida still in control of own SEC destiny

The No. 8 Florida Gators (6-1, 4-1 SEC) faced their toughest test of the season Saturday night at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Not only did the No. 6 LSU Tigers (6-0, 4-0 SEC) pull out a hard-fought 35-28 win, it became the only remaining undefeated team in the Southeastern Conference and left Florida with plenty of questions to answer as it enters the latter half of the 2015 campaign.

“That was a heck of a college football game. It was a lot of fun to be a part of. It was a great crowd. Two really good football teams. And that team that came up on the strong end of it, they deserved to win. They took it to us,” UF head coach Jim McElwain said after the game. “But I’m going to tell you what, I’m really proud of our football team. This Gator football team is a good football team, too, don’t forget. They handled themselves in a great way.”

Before that goes down though, let OnlyGators.com breaks down seven of the most important takeaways from the Gators’ first loss under McElwain.

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Snell’s Slant: Trap game alert for Gators as Florida looks to build on success at Mizzou

By Shannon Snell – OnlyGators.com Featured Columnist

Forget that “Big Boss” nickname I’ve carried for so long. Pardon me, Floyd Mayweather Jr., but you all can just call me “Money” now. Take a look at how I ended last week’s column, as Adam so generously reposted on Sunday:

“Now, here comes No. 3 Ole Miss. Almost no one gives Florida a chance to win this game, which makes the Gators even more dangerous. Florida has nothing to lose and everything to gain. UF is supposed to be two or three years away from making a serious run at the College Football Playoff … but what if the Gators beat the Rebels? What if Florida comes in and plays their best games of the season while Ole Miss takes them lightly? Auburn has made this type of turnaround before. It is not impossible. Head coach Jim McElwain will have the Gators ready to play Saturday night; the Rebels better be ready for a dogfight.”

Look, I’m no football genius, but I can say that I’ve been in similar situations in my life when it pertains to football. Ole Miss started reading its own newspaper clippings and thought it was a lot better than it was in reality. No doubt about it, the Rebels are a talented football team. A mere two weeks ago, they knocked off one of the best teams in the country in the Alabama Crimson Tide. But this is SEC football at its best. If you do not come ready to play every single week, you can get beat very convincingly by an opponent you underestimate, such as Ole Miss did Florida. The Rebels clearly did not match the same intensity that the Gators started with from the first snap.

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Quick hits: No. 25 Florida Gators annihilate No. 3 Ole Miss 38-10 in Swamp shellacking

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.

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

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.

Viewing information

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)

Streaming Video: WatchESPN | Mobile Video: Watch ESPN app (iPhone) / (Android)
SiriusXM: 109/91 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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Florida practice update: Will Grier starting, Jim McElwain uneasy, some Gators still sick

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.

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Jim McElwain talks Florida Gators’ poise, fan support, illnesses, plus player evaluations

No. 25 Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain met with the media on Monday to go over his team’s thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Tennessee Volunteers as well as Florida’s upcoming game against the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday at 7 p.m.

(Portions of his post-game press conference from Saturday are also included.)

McElwain discussed Saturday’s atmosphere, injuries, players, the Gators’ poise and how the Rebels could derail Florida’s perfect start at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

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Gators practice update: Suspensions, injuries hurt depth; will Florida unleash ‘GatorTail’ offense?

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain took the podium Wednesday faced with a number of issues, primarily suspensions to two potential starters and injuries that have affected his depth at a couple important positions.

McElwain discussed Florida’s quarterback situation, provided some injuries and gave a curious clue – or distraction – into what the Gators’ offense may look like on Saturday at home against the Tennessee Volunteers.

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