(Orlando Sentinel) – Gator nation was alive and well this decade.
With a string of winning seasons and a national title tossed in there has been much to believe in down in Gainesville.
Yet Alabama’s win over Florida not only crushed hopes of a perfect season but quelled the excitement of Gator fans perhaps more than any other loss in recent Florida history.
Consider for a minute that Sugar Bowl tickets are struggling to sell out at the University’s ticket office.
Alabama saw a similar picture last year when it lost the SEC title game to Florida.
This time, Florida is trying to reverse the trend of down-trodden SEC power losing to the darkhorse. The Crimson Tide lost to Utah 31-17 last year.
After taking at least a week to get over the loss, Gators players gave a string of energetic practices before a four-day Christmas break.
Among the players intent on winning a 13th game, tied for most in school history, is quarterback Tim Tebow who doesn’t plan on losing his last game as a Gator.
‘To finish out my career with the last two games losing, that would be tough,’ Tebow said. ‘That would be frustrating. I’ll leave everything on the field before that happens.’