With football season right around the corner, it made me think of my top 4 Florida Gator home games. See if you agree. Go Gators!
#4- Gators vs. LSU October 29, 2008.
This was the first home game after the famous Tim Tebow speech following the lose to Ole Miss. LSU came into the game ranked #3 and Florida #12. The closest LSU got to the Gators was 6 points. When it was all said and done Florida won by a score of 51-21. Led by Brandon Spikes who had 2 interceptions, one for a touchdown. The win would propel the Gators to their 3rd national championship.
#3- Gators vs. LSU October 7, 2006.
In a battle of top ten teams, it was the home crowd, the Gator D, and a freshman Tim Tebow that would prevail. This was the game where Tebow would first show us the famous jump pass. Gators won the game 23-10. They would also go on to win their 2nd national championship. This game was a good one for me too because I happened to be sitting in the end zone where the jump pass touchdown was caught.
#2- Gators vs. South Carolina November 11, 2006.
With former Gator coach Steve Spurrier back in Gainseville, coaching South Carolina, you could only believe this would be a classic matchup. It didn’t disappoint. With the Gators up 1, in the final seconds of the game, South Carolina would set up for the game winning 48 yard FG. Jarvis Moss would make sure that it would’t be a game winner for the visiting Gamecocks. Moss ended up blocking 2 FG’s and an extra point in the Gators 17-16 victory. Many say it was the loudest The Swamp has ever been.
#1- Gators vs. FSU November 22, 1997.
The Gators came into the annual matchup with FSU as underdogs. FSU was #1 in the country. A win would put them in a game to play for the national championship. The Gators would derail such a thing. Florida coach Steve Spurrier implemented a 2 QB rotation with Doug Johnson and Noah Brindise. It would be enough to win a thrilling game 32-29. Many say it is the best game ever played in The Swamp.