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Gators back in title hunt? Not yet

A few things to take away from UF 51, LSU 21...

GAINESVILLE -- Is it just my idiot brain that thinks this, or is the most successful play in the Gators' offensive playbook that option sweep to [fill in the name of a UF speedster here]?

Seriously, every time the Gators run that play -- you know the one -- UF picks up huge chunks of yards. Like last night when Jeffrey Demps raced for a 42-yard score. The receivers always block downfield, the pulling guard always finds his man and Florida always seems to gain at least a first down but usually much more.

WE LOVE STATS
Want a ridiculous stat? Demps is averaging 47 yards per touchdown run this season.

STILL IN THE HUNT
Are the Gators back in the national title hunt? Not yet. Florida still needs a few more undefeated teams to lose before the Gators can once again be considered one of the top two teams in the country. But after three Top 5 teams lost this weekend, it only seems like a matter of time before a one-loss team is vaulted back into the national title race.

Speaking of one-loss teams, are the Gators the best one-loss team in the country? Let's take a look.

Florida jumped from No.11 in the AP Top 25 to No.5 on Sunday. The Gators are ranked No.7 in the coaches' poll. One-loss Oklahoma is ranked No.4 while undefeated teams Texas, Alabama and Penn State are ranked 1, 2 and 3. Florida still needs a one or two more teams to stumble to get back into the national title game.

Assuming UF doesn't vomit all over itself again like it did against Ole Miss, the Gators' season now comes down to two games. Nov.1 vs. Georgia and Nov. 29 at Florida State.

MOST IMPORTANT
Here's the most important thing Urban Meyer said in his post-game press conference on Saturday: "We all know what happens when you're not ready."

Meyer was talking about not overlooking Kentucky like the Gators did three weeks ago when UF overlooked Ole Miss. Florida is off this week before a home game against the Wildcats.

According to UF officials, Florida is not practicing on Sunday and will also take Monday off.

-jo-

P.S. Told you Vanderbilt was a fraud and that LSU would get smoked.

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