The Florida Gators finished the season 12-1, Champions of the Southeastern Conference after beating previously top-ranked and undefeated Alabama in the title game. Florida's only loss of the season came in late September as they dropped a narrow game at home to Ole Miss. Coached by Urban Meyer, the Gators finished the season ranked #1 in the AP and #2 in both the Coaches Poll and the BCS standings.
Florida's offense ranks 18th nationally in total yards with just over a 442 average per game, and their defense ranks 9th in yards allowed per game.
This season, Florida has won handily in the majority of their games, beating Miami, Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, Georgia, Florida State and others. The only loss was by one point. Their largest margin of victory was a 58 point win over Kentucky, and their closest margin of victory was the 11 point win over Alabama in the SEC Championship game.
Key offensive players for the Gators include 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, who had 28 passing TDs and also rushed for over 500 yards and 12 TDs. Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin is considered a gamebreaker. He had 16 TDs combined receiving and rushing. Chris Rainey led the team in rushing, but freshman Jeffrey Demps was an impact player on the ground with over 8 yards on average gained each time he runs the ball.
Key defensive players for Florida include All-American linebacker Brandon Spikes, who led the team with 87 tackles. Defensive ends Jermaine Cunningham and Carlos Dunlap both had double-digit sack totals in 2008, and corner Joe Haden had 3 interceptions and was named 2nd team All-SEC. Sophomore safety Ahmad Black led the team with 6 interceptions on the year.
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