Florida Vs. Auburn: Gators Struggle On Offense And Special Teams, Fall 17-6 To Tigers

The Florida Gators turned the ball over three times and muffed two punts in a woeful 17-6 loss to the Auburn Tigers Saturday night.

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College Football Rankings: SEC Holds Top Two Spots In First BCS Rankings, No Florida Schools Represented

The first Bowl Championship Series rankings of the college football season were released Sunday evening, and it should come as no surprise that the conference that has won the last five BCS title games would have the top two teams in the initial rankings. SEC stalwarts LSU and Alabama are one and two, respectively, in the first BCS rankings of the year, followed by the Oklahoma and Oklahoma State out of the Big 12. No teams from the state of Florida made the BCS Top 25.

The highest ranked ACC team is the Clemson Tigers, who escaped the Maryland Terrapins and College Park Saturday night with a 56-45 victory. Virginia Tech is No. 12, and Georgia Tech, after suffering a brutal loss to Virginia, rounds out the ACC representation at No. 23.

West Virginia checks in at No. 15, and is the lone representative from the Big East Conference. 

There are 10 undefeated schools remaining, with Kansas State perhaps the biggest surprise of the unscathed.  Bill Snyder's team is ranked No. 11 in these week one BCS rankings.

The complete first BCS rankings of the season:

1 LSU
2 Alabama
3 Oklahoma
4 Oklahoma State
5 Boise State
6 Wisconsin
7 Clemson
8 Stanford
9 Arkansas
10 Oregon
11 Kansas State
12 Virginia Tech
13 Nebraska
14 South Carolina
15 West Virginia
16 Michigan State
17 Texas A&M
18 Michigan
19 Houston
20 Auburn
21 Penn State
22 Georgia Tech
23 Illinois
24 Texas
25 Washington

For more on the Week 8 college football rankings, check out SB Nation's comprehensive StoryStream.

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Florida Vs. Auburn: Gators Offense Nonexistent In 17-6 Loss To Tigers

Once again, mistakes and missed opportunities cost the now-reeling Florida Gators football team. The Gators (4-3, 2-3 SEC) turned the ball over three times and muffed two punts against the 24th-ranked Auburn Tigers (5-2, 3-1), resulting in a 17-6 defeat Saturday night to the defending national champions at Jordan-Hare Stadium

Florida mustered just 194 yards of offense against Auburn, and managed to even top their offensive ineptitude of the past two games, 38-10 and 41-11 losses to Alabama and LSU in which they at least scored one touchdown in each game. The only Gators points Saturday night against Auburn came from the leg of Caleb Sturgis.

Things are so bad at quarterback after senior John Brantley's injury that three Gators threw passes today: starter Jacob Brissett, fellow freshman Jeff Driskel and even fullback Trey Burton. As the score would indicate, none had success.

Auburn did not run the ball over, and was slightly less pathetic on offense than the Gators, actually managing to score two touchdowns, one a first quarter pass from Barrett Trotter to DeAngelo Benton, and the second an Onterio McCalebb 14 yard fourth quarter camper that was the nail in the coffin for the Gators.

Florida has next week off before facing Georgia in the event no longer called "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." Perhaps by then Charlie Weis can duct tape together an offense capable of scoring at least one touchdown per game.

For more on Florida football, visit SB Nation's Gators' blog Alligator Army. For more on Auburn football, head over to Track Em Tigers.

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Florida Vs. Auburn: Tigers Lead Gators 7-6 At Halftime In Offensive Struggle

If you are looking for quality quarterback play and offensive juggernauts, Jordan-Hare Stadium on this Saturday evening is the last place you would ever want to be. The Auburn Tigers lead the Florida Gators 7-6 in a war of offensive attrition, with neither team able to generate anything on offense through the first half of play.

Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter is a ghastly two for eight in the half, for just 33 yards. He has however accounted for the lone touchdown in the game, connecting with DeAngelo Benton on a 25 yard pass play.

Florida, besieged by injury at quarterback, started Jacoby Brissett. The freshman is five of 10 for 45 yards and an interception in the first two quarters of play. Chris Rainey has 12 carries for 34 yards, but appears to be worn down without the timeshare he normally has with the now-inured Jeff Demps.

Caleb Sturgis has accounted for all the Florida points, via 47 and 25 yard field goals. Something tells me we will see more field goals in the second half.

For more on Florida football, visit SB Nation's Gators' blog Alligator Army. For more on Auburn football, head over to Track Em Tigers.

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Florida Gators Vs. Auburn Tigers: RestoringThe Chomp

SB Nation Tampa Bay takes an in depth look at the Florida Gators-Auburn Tigers showdown

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Report: Jacoby Brissett Gets Nod Over Driskel, Will Start Versus Auburn

There has been much speculation among Gators fans this week on who would start at quarterback this week against Auburn: Jacoby Brissett or Jeff Driskel. Driskel entered the season as the #2 quarterback on the depth chart, so the starting role was handed to him when starter John Brantley went down with a high ankle sprain. But after suffering an ankle injury himself last week, Driskel found himself on the sidelines while Jacoby Brissett got the start against LSU.

As early as yesterday, coach Will Muschamp was calling the competition for this week’s start a dead heat. Driskel recovered from his ankle injury by mid-week, allowing him to take equal reps during practices and toss his name back into the ring.

But despite Driskel’s return, Rachel George from the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Jacoby Brissett will get the start again for the Gators. Muschamp has apparently liked what he’s seen from the true freshman, despite his underwhelming line against LSU (8-14, 94 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT). But of course, LSU is ranked #1 in the country, so expecting anything more from Brissett last week would have been nuts.

John Brantley is apparently recovering well from his ankle sprain, so he could theoretically be ready to play in next week’s game. Brissett better take this opportunity and run with it, as it could be his last chance to showcase himself this season.

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Florida Vs. Auburn: Brissett, Driskel Still Neck And Neck For QB Role

It’s been a week and a half since Florida QB John Brantley went down with a high ankle sprain, and still the Gators are no closer to settling on a primary quarterback in his absence. Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel are competing for the job, and Driskel would have gotten the start against LSU last week, but an ankle injury forced him out as well. Brissett was given the start and performed poorly: 8-14 for 94 yards, with 1 TD and 2 INT.

And now, Brissett and Driskel are both being considered for this upcoming week’s game against Auburn. According to coach Will Muschamp, it’s no easy decision:

“I’d love for one of them to step forward and be the guy,” Muschamp said. "From an experience standpoint, from a knowledge of the system standpoint they’re so similar. Their skill set is so similar so it’s not like we’re having to drastically change what we do when one young man is in the other game opposed to another. That’s what we’re trying to work through and again I’d love for one of them to step up and play really well and go from there.’’ (Antonya English, St. Pete Times)

That’s about as close as you’ll get to a coach publicly begging for his players to step up and make the decision for him.

This decision is extra important, as this week’s game against Auburn is very important for the Gators. They have lost two games in a row and fallen out of the AP rankings, and a third loss would essentially be the death knell to their season. It’s do or die time, so here’s hoping either Driskel or Brissett is up to the task.

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Florida Vs. Auburn: Can Gators Avoid Three Straight Losses?

The Florida Gators will look to avoid a three game losing streak as they travel to Auburn this weekend.

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