Week 6 of the 2012 college football season was a great time to be a fan of the Florida Gators. Florida posted a home victory over then-No. 4 LSU, the Florida State Seminoles suffered an upset loss to North Carolina State and Georgia was dominated by the South Carolina Gamecocks, causing both Gator rivals to tumble in the rankings.
Andy Hutchins breaks down what he calls "The Gatorest Day" over at SB Nation's Florida blog Alligator Army:
Florida was home, and Gainesville had been aching to throw a welcome home party to celebrate its relevance. Florida's win came before the Georgia and Florida State losses, giving fans a chance to get back to tailgates or well and proper soused before absorbing those results. Gators fans came into this season worried that there would be an Alabama-Florida State or Georgia-Florida State title game, and now that looks like an impossibility; similarly, Florida looked like a team that was destined for the margins in September, and after its opener, but now stands tall as a national championship contender.
The 14-6 win over LSU was a matter of will and determination, showcased in the two unanswered touchdowns the Gators put up in the second half. Mike Gillislee was a big part of that, as the senior ran for a career-high 146 yards in the Gators' relentless ground attack. The Florida defense allowed only 42 yards rushing and allowed the Tigers to complete only one of their 13 third downs. Florida also built on their home advantage over the Mad Hatter; Les Miles' record at the Swamp fell to 1-3 in LSU's first regular-season loss in 19 games.
Check out the full post for more on the fun of Week 6 and more Gator talk.