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1992 Edit

1992 Florida Gators football
SEC Eastern Division Champions
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 10
1992 record9–4 (6–2 1st East SEC)
Head coachSteve Spurrier
Defensive coordinatorRon Zook
CaptainShane Matthews
Carlton Miles
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
← 1991
1993 →
1992 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Eastern Division
#10/11 Florida xy 6 2 0     9 4 0
#8/8 Georgia x 6 2 0     10 2 0
#12/12 Tennessee 5 3 0     9 3 0
South Carolina 3 5 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 2 6 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 2 6 0     4 7 0
Western Division
#1/1 Alabama xy 8 0 0     13 0 0
#16/16 Ole Miss 5 3 0     9 3 0
#23 Mississippi State 4 4 0     7 5 0
Arkansas 3 4 1     3 7 1
Auburn 2 5 1     5 5 1
LSU 1 7 0     2 9 0
Championship:Alabama 28, Florida 21
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview Edit

The 1992 college football season was Steve Spurrier's third as the Florida Gators football team's head coach, and the wins were harder to come by as the star-studded senior classes from 1990 and 1991 had graduated. The Gators racked up six tough Southeastern Conference (SEC) wins over the Kentucky Wildcats (35–19), LSU Tigers (28–21), Auburn Tigers (24–9), seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (26–24), South Carolina Gamecocks (14–9), and Vanderbilt Commodores (41–21). They also suffered two crushing SEC losses to the fourteenth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers (14–31) in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the twenty-fourth-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (6–30) on a Thursday night in Starkville, Mississippi.

The Gators' non-conference schedule included a homecoming victory over the Louisville Cardinals (31–17), and another surprisingly difficult win over Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (24–20). They closed their regular season with a road loss to the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles (24–45) in Tallahassee.

The Gators finished their SEC schedule with a 6–2 conference record, placing first among the six teams of the new SEC Eastern Division and earning a berth in the first-ever SEC Championship Game in Birmingham, Alabama. Spurrier's scrappy young Gators, however, fell short against the SEC Western Division champion, the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (21–28). The Crimson Tide would later defeat the Miami Hurricanes in the Sugar Bowl to win the 1992 national championship.

Spurrier's 1992 Florida Gators posted a 9–4 overall record, concluding their season with a victory over the twelfth-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack (27–10) in the Gator Bowl, and ranking tenth in the final Associated Press Poll.

Schedule and results Edit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–12–1992 Kentucky #4 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JP W 35–19  
9–19–1992 #14 Tennessee #4 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee ABC L 14–31  
10–1–1992 #24 Mississippi State #13 Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi ESPN L 6–30  
10–10–1992 Louisiana State #23 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JP W 28–21  
10–17–1992 Auburn #23 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ABC W 24–9  
10–24–1992* Louisville #20 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Fla. (Homecoming) W 31–17  
10–31–1992 #7 Georgia #20 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida ABC W 26–24  
11–7–1992* Southern Mississippi #14 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 24–20  
11–14–1992 South Carolina #11 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JP W 14–9  
11–21–1992 Vanderbilt #9 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee JP W 41–21  
11–28–1992* #3 Florida State #6 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ABC L 24–45  
12–5–1992 #2 Alabama #12 Legion FieldBirmingham, Ala. (SEC Championship) ABC L 21–28  
12–31–1992* #12 North Carolina State #14 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida (Gator Bowl) TBS W 27–10  
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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