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No 'ho-hum' talk here: Time to pay tribute to the Florida Gators' 19-game winning streak

GAINESVILLE -- OK, here's the link to today's story, analyzing the Gators' 19-game wining streak. LINK! Bear Bryant, General Neyland, Shug Jordan, Johnny Vaught -- those guys would be proud. Not of the article, but of the Gators' current winning streak.

A few stats to supplement the story: Entering Saturday's game against South Carolina (6-4, 3-4 SEC), Florida is ranked No.1 in the SEC in total defense (232.4 ypg), scoring defense (10.1 ppg), passing defense (134.4 ypg), pass defense efficiency (85.9 quarterback rating), average starting field position (36-yard line), opponents' average starting field position (26-yard line), punt-return yards allowed (0.5 ypg) and kickoff return yards (26.5 ypg).

Is Florida the most complete team in the nation? Yes, all apologies to Texas and Alabama, but the Gators are the most complete team in the nation. Here are some more impressive factoids and statistics about the Gators' special teams units. By the way, I'm of the opinion that Florida doesn't have to pass the ball more than 10 times against Alabama to win the SEC championship game. Can I get an over/under on the number of completions Tebow will have against Alabama? Anyone?

--UF has won the SEC special teams player of the week four times this year, the most in school history.

--Caleb Sturgis is one of only three kickers in school history to have two 50-plus yarders in the same season.

--Sturgis is a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award.

--UF has faced kick off units that rank among the best in the nation each week. SEC opponents have combined to return eight kicks for touchdowns on the year, but UF has held SEC opponents to just 21.2 yards per return.

--Vanderbilt's Warren Norman was hled to under 20 yards a return after entering the game with three touchdowns.

--Georgia's Brandon Boykin was held to less the 20 yards a return after he entered the game with two 100-yard returns.

--Georgia's average starting field position in the second half against UF was the 14-yard line.

--Arkansas' Dennis Johnson who ranks among the nation's top kick-off return specialists was held to less than 25 yards a return.

--Punter Chas Henry is a Ray Guy Award semi-finalist.

--UF did not allow a punt return yard until the ninth game of the season.

--The Gators were the last team in the nation to allow a punt-return yard.

--Henry has allowed just 13 punt-return yards this year, second best in the nation.

--UF has allowed the least amount of punt return yards in the nation since 2005.

-jo-

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