GAINESVILLE - What a difference a year can make. After the upset of LSU Saturday at the Swamp, Florida Gator fans are getting their hopes up once again.
It was not an offensive contest, it was a defensive slug fest.
In the first half, Florida was held to only 47 total offensive yards, two turnovers, and no points.
LSU was not much better, but the team turned two Florida turnovers into six points.
One of the only positive points of the first half was the way the special team kept burying the Tigers deep in their own territory.
When the second half started, so did the Gators. The Florida defense was dominating. The Gators have not allowed a touchdown in the last nine quarters.
They are also the only team in the country that has not allowed any score in the 4th quarter all season.
The offense rode Mike Gillislee, Senior running back, to victory.
Gillislee ended the day with 34 carries for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
Florida ran the ball the last 25 plays of the game, which included the 2 touchdown runs by Gillislee. One in the third quarter and one in the 4th quarter.
During the post game press conference in took less than 30 seconds for Coach Muschamp to credit the defensive win to Jeff Dillman.
Dillman ithe Florida Strength and Conditioning coach. He and Muschamp worked together at LSU in the early 2000s.
Last year was a very rough year for the Gators. Four straight losses on the way to a 6-6 regular season record. Even Ron Zook never had a season like that. But after a retooling of the coaching staff and a couple of off season moves the Gators are gearing up for what is hoped to be some very good seasons of football.
With their win over LSU and losses by FSU and Georgia, Florida jumps Notre Dame, Kansas State, and West Virginia to claim the #4 spot in the AP poll.
Also Mike Gillislee is named The National Offensive Player of the Week.
Things are looking good for the Gators and Gator Nation.