Last Saturday, the Florida Gators simply didn’t execute the way they needed too, giving up three turnovers to a Georgia team that took advantage of every one. The scoreboard at the end of the game was a good indicator of that as the Bulldogs went on to defeat the Gators 36-17. The loss stung, sure, but the season isn’t over however, far from it in fact.

Florida defensive tackle Kyree Campbell spoke to the media on Monday, making a lot of mature statements that would make any head coach smile. One in particular really stood out: “The way we handle this loss is going to determine the rest of the season.”

For Campbell to have the maturity to say that is just a testament to Dan Mullen and the current coaching staff. It’s all about how this team responds to adversity. Earlier in the year, they lost to Kentucky at home. The result? A five-game winning streak, and a return to college football relevancy.

What’ll happen this time around?

“I think the big challenge for us, any time, after every game, win or lose, it’s how you respond,” Mullen said on Monday. The first-year head coach went on to say that he thought his team handled the adversity of the season’s first loss very well, and that he’s interested in seeing how they handle this deflating loss to a hated rival.

Campbell is right. The 13th-ranked Gators still have plenty to play for this year with the idea of a 10-win season still very much a possibility, especially with the remaining schedule.

UF will play four-straight games in the state of Florida to wrap up the season, and the Gators are expected to be favored in all of them. Three are at home, and the other is a short two-hour drive north to Tallahassee to play Florida State.

Quarterback Feleipe Franks realizes the team can’t dwell on a loss with all that’s still possible for this season. “We’re sitting at 6-2 right now,” Franks said. “Those two games that we had were definitely winnable games. We all know how good of a team we are at every position, and we’ve just had mistakes, including me, that we always want to have back. You just have to move on to next week, just finish up the season strong. We have a chance to have a really good record.”

That record has the potential to be 10-2 after this four-game stretch, and in a rebuilding year under a new head coach, you can’t ask for much better.

Now Florida will turn its attention to Missouri (4-4, 0-4) on Saturday. The Tigers have the potential to light up any defense behind talented quarterback Drew Lock.

Kickoff for the homecoming game from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is slated for 4 p.m.

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Sports Journalism student at the University of Florida.
Sports Journalism student at the University of Florida.


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