The Florida Gators lost to the Vanderbilt Commodores for the first time in 23 games and will now have to upset the 10th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday night or the second-ranked Florida State Seminoles on November 30 just to make a bowl game and avoid a 5-7 record.
Although the Gators went 11-2, last season, Muschamp is now just 22-13 as Florida’s head coach and only 13-10 in the SEC. Former Florida coach Ron Zook went 23-14, including a 16-8 SEC record and was fired in the middle of his third season.
The Gator fans are becoming restless and Muschamp has had their boos.
“I’m a competitor. I don’t like losing. I certainly don’t like the product we are putting on the field, and that’s my responsibility,” Muschamp told the Miami Herald. “I take full credit for that. When it’s good, it’s good. When it’s not good, it’s not good, and it hasn’t been good. And that’s on me.”
Despite the struggles, Muschamp is trying to remain confident.
“We’ll find a way. We’ve got to keep going at it. What we’re doing so far is not working. Keep doing the same stuff, you’re going to get the same results,” he said. “You evaluate everything at the end of the season. That’s what I certainly will do. I’ve done that my first two years, and I’ll do that again this year. I’m not worried about it.”
Muschamp’s Gators and former Gators’ head coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks will kickoff at 7:00 pm EST Saturday and the game is on ESPN2.