Billy Napier: Loss to Vanderbilt offered Florida Gators a ‘reality check’ * Florida

The Gators built their first winning streak against SEC opponents since December 2020 with victories over Texas A&M and South Carolina in Weeks 10 and 11, a much-welcomed momentum after a 4-4 start to the year.

It quickly unraveled on Saturday as Florida lost to Vanderbilt (31-24) for only the second time since 1989.

The loss ended the Gators’ conference record of 3-5 that season and their second straight SEC losing campaign, an unfavorable streak of their own last recorded by UF in 1958-59.