National pregame: Will Muschamp is on the hot seat

by Berry Tramel Published: October 18, 2013
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Urban Meyer did not leave Florida football in the best of shape. Will Muschamp took over the Gators in 2011 and led UF to a 7-6 season.

Florida was better last season; ferocious on defenses, the Gators made the Sugar Bowl, where they were upset by Louisville.

Now Florida is 4-2 and plays Saturday at upstart Missouri, which knocked off Georgia last season and threatens to turn the SEC's East Division upside down.

The Gators still are playing good defense. But in the new-look SEC, offense is required. The Gators lost quarterback Jeff Driskel to a season-ending injury Sept. 21 against Tennessee. Florida wasn't scoring great with Driskel; the Gators have averaged 20 points a game without him.

A loss to Missouri likely eliminates Florida from SEC title contention. And it would raise questions in Swampland about Muschamp's ability to produce the offense needed to compete in college football's most powerful conference.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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