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Greatest Seasons of Gator Football: 1969


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In 1969, Ray Graves coached his best season in his last season before moving up to be the University of Florida athletic director. The Gators finished #14 in the nation, #3 in the SEC at 9-1-1 (3-1-1). The Super Sophs' offensive players QB John Reaves, WR Carlos Alvarez, and TB Tommy Durrance surprised opponents with a surprisingly explosive offense, which led to an upset over #7 Houston and top-10 ranking for the first time since October of the previous year. The Gators would claim victories over #7 Houston, rival FSU, and #11 Tennessee along with a tie against #16 Georgia. The loss to #17 Auburn prevented this 1969 season from being a top-10 finish and a share of the SEC championship.

September 20No. 7 Houston*Florida Field, Gainesville, FLW 59–3453,807
September 27at Mississippi StateNo. 12Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson, MSW 47–3537,000
October 4Florida State*No. 12
Florida Field, Gainesville, FL
W 21–663,957
October 11vs. Tulane*No. 12Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FLW 18–1743,102
October 18North Carolina*
No. 10
Florida Field, Gainesville, FL
W 52–262,945
October 25VanderbiltNo. 10
Florida Field, Gainesville, FL
W 41–2048,631
November 1at No. 17 AuburnNo. 7Cliff Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL (rivalry)L 12–3850,086
November 8vs. No. 16 GeorgiaNo. 13Gator Bowl Stadium, Jacksonville, FL (rivalry)T 13–1370,862
November 15Kentucky
Florida Field, Gainesville, FL
W 31–655,279
November 29at Miami (FL)*Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL (rivalry)W 35–1670,934
December 27vs. No. 11 Tennessee*No. 15Gator Bowl Stadium, Jacksonville, FL (rivalry)W 14–1372,248

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