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Greatest Seasons of Gator Football: 1985

Escambia94

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The 1985 Gators were led by second-year coach Galen Hall, after Charley Pell was fired in the previous year for violating NCAA rules. The Gators went 9-1-1 (5-1), with a tie to Rutgers and a loss to #17 Georgia.

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 7at Miami (FL)*No. 5Orange Bowl Stadium, Miami, FLW 35–2380,227
September 14Rutgers*No. 3Florida Field, Gainesville, FLT 28–2871,708
September 28at Mississippi StateNo. 11Scott Field, Starkville, MSW 36–2234,588
October 5at No. 8 LSUNo. 11Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LAW 20–078,598
October 12No. 14 TennesseeNo. 7Florida Field, Gainesville, FLW 17–1074,432
October 19Southwestern Louisiana*
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No. 5Florida Field, Gainesville, FLW 45–074,369
October 26Virginia Tech*No. 2Florida Field, Gainesville, FLW 35–1870,119
November 2at No. 6 AuburnNo. 2Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, ALW 14–1075,000
November 9vs. No. 17 GeorgiaNo. 1Gator Bowl Stadium, Jacksonville, FLL 3–2482,327
November 16KentuckyNo. 11Florida Field, Gainesville, FLW 15–1373,672
November 30No. 12 Florida State*No. 6Florida Field, Gainesville, FLW 38–1474,461

The tie against Rutgers definitely hurt the Gators' claim to a national championship, since the Scarlet Knights finished the season 2-8-1. The loss to #17 Georgia was a stinger, as the Bulldogs finished 7-3-2 with a victory over #1 Florida, and losses to Alabama, #14 Auburn, and Georgia Tech. The national champion Oklahoma Sooners had one loss, which was to common opponent Miami, 14-27--at home. Florida had a victory over SEC champion Tennessee (Florida was not eligible) and would have put up a better fight against #2 Miami in the Sugar Bowl. Sagarin named Florida its national champion, but Florida does not claim the 1985 title nor does it claim the 1984 title. The Gators would not have another 1-loss season until 1995. The 1985 season started a drought in in Gator victories as they went on to win 6 or 7 games per season while under NCAA probation--until the arrival of one Steven Orr Spurrier.
 

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