Will Muschamp's Seat Getting Hotter at Florida
The Gators were on the losing end of a 34-17 final against Vanderbilt today in the Swamp, giving the Commodores their first win in Gainesville since 1945 and sending Will Muschamp's team to 4-5 on the season.
And now, let the speculation as to Muschamp's future as the head coach of the Gators begin.
Before everyone gets carried away and blames this horrendous season solely on the shoulders of Muschamp, let's remember that Florida is close to the double digit mark in terms of how many players they've lost to season-ending injuries.
And we're not talking backups or third-stringers. We're talking about players who would have been significant contributors for this team.
Even though the injury situation has been unfortunate, Florida fans expect more than this. That was evident when the stadium looked half empty in the fourth quarter with Vandy in complete control of the game.
When the fans go, the coach goes. More often than not, that's what happens.
The Gators have been terrible on offense since Jeff Driskel was injured a few months ago (then again, they weren't all that great on offense with him either) and the team will likely lead the league in penalties for a third year in a row by season's end.
Coaching should be able to fix those problems. In this case, coaching hasn't, and unless a miracle happens, Florida isn't going to make it to a bowl game. The last time that happened? 1991.
What has already come might not be as bad as what has yet to come in this situation. The Gators travel to South Carolina next Saturday and will undoubtedly be heavy underdogs in that one. Then they get Georgia Southern the following week, which should result in win number five.
That means that Florida's chances at making a bowl game hinge on a meeting against Florida State. That....that is not good.
In case you've been living under a rock, Florida State is undefeated and has been decimating opponents week in and week out. Only one team has finished within 27 points of the Seminoles this season and that was Boston College back in September. Needless to say, an offensively challenged Florida team has no chance of knocking off Jameis Winston and company.
So, the result will be losing six of their last season and a 5-7 finish for the Gators. No bowl game, no winning season.
And, ultimately, it may result in Muschamp seeking employment elsewhere.