In what turned out to be the second-best recreation of the SEC weekend, Missouri took down Florida 24-23 in time beyond regulation to turn out to be bowl eligible. It was a recreation in which the specialists picked the Gators to win by 8.5 factors, however the Tigers had different concepts on Saturday evening. The Gators have been wanting to comply with up tonight with a greater efficiency than what we witnessed final week towards Samford. Turns out, we witnessed the identical Gators soccer staff that has been floundering alongside for the previous two months.

Tonight’s loss put the Gators at 2-9 towards Power Five opponents, going again to the loss to LSU in 2020. This was additionally the fourth straight loss to an FBS staff, and also will give the Gators the fewest SEC wins in a season since 1986. As Dan Mullen identified quite a few instances in his postgame press convention, they’ve additionally misplaced seven-straight video games that got here down to one possession. To make issues worse, the Gators didn’t win an SEC recreation on the highway this season.

Missouri running back Tyler Badie, right, scores a touchdown during overtime of an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Columbia, Mo.

Missouri operating again Tyler Badie, proper, scores a landing throughout time beyond regulation of an NCAA school soccer recreation towards Florida, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Columbia, Mo.
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In what turned out to be a giant recreation for Tyler Badie, it by no means felt as if the Gators had a solution for the Missouri speeding assault in essential factors of the sport. Badie completed the sport with 146 yards on 27 carries, together with the ultimate two runs of the sport, that gained the sport for the Tigers. In what may be the gutsiest play name of the season, Eli Drinkwitz determined to go for the two-point conversion after scoring the landing in time beyond regulation. Two performs later, Tyler Badie rushed it in and despatched the Gators dwelling with one other brutal loss.

If there was ever a recreation that Dan Mullen didn’t want to lose if he deliberate on 100% being again in Gainesville subsequent season, it was this one. The Florida program has now hit what has to be shut to all-time low, from a momentum standpoint. Let’s return to the fourth quarter actual fast. After Missouri missed a 46-yard discipline aim to take the lead, Florida took over with 1:00 remaining and the chance to get down the sector for a possible game-winner themselves. But, Mullen determined to run the ball 3 times and had to punt with 11 seconds remaining. This clearly confirmed us how a lot confidence Dan Mullen had in his offense to choose up sufficient yards to probably win the sport.

Simply put, Dan Mullen performed not to lose in the fourth quarter and it confirmed.

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 13: head coach Dan Mullen of the Florida Gators looks on during the third quarter of a game against the Samford Bulldogs at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13, 2021 in Gainesville, Florida.

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 13: head coach Dan Mullen of the Florida Gators appears to be like on in the course of the third quarter of a recreation towards the Samford Bulldogs at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13, 2021 in Gainesville, Florida.
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“Way too many mental mistakes. Missed opportunities. Seventh straight loss in one-possession games. That’s on us coaches,” Mullen mentioned concerning the staff’s efficiency.

Now, the Gators are staring down the barrel at a 5-win season, with FSU upcoming. When we mentioned what this meant for Mullen earlier in the week, the bulk opinion was that he didn’t want to drop both recreation, as his seat turned hotter from an out of doors perspective. Now it appears to be like as if this program is on life-support and the plug is about to be pulled. The offense tonight regarded stagnant, even with Emory Jones passing for 261 yards. But when your main rusher is the quarterback, and also you solely acquire 48 yards outdoors of Jones, there’s a really large downside.

It wasn’t as if this Missouri protection was a world-beater, as they have been ranked 129th in speeding protection, giving up 248 yards per recreation. This turned out to be a type of video games the place it was very apparent, even earlier than the 4th quarter, that Dan Mullen was calling a reasonably timid recreation. Well, it got here again to chunk them in the top, which all of us ought to have noticed coming, even when Florida took the lead early in the 4th quarter. Give all of the credit score to Missouri in how they have been ready to deal with the Gators offensive output, because the protection regarded to lastly step up for a pivotal recreation.

To make issues worse, Missouri’s Eli Drinkwitz determined to troll Mullen by ending his press convention with a lightsaber in his fingers and saying “May the force be with you.”

We’ve now gotten to the purpose the place opposing coaches proceed to troll the Florida head coach and that is not an excellent signal of the place issues stand as a program.

Dan Mullen was requested postgame if he needed to be at Florida, as the pinnacle coach, and appeared to put issues on a couple of missed performs, right here and there.

“I love being the coach of the Gators. We are giving it everything we have, every single week.”

“You know, it’s pretty unfortunate, it’s a play here and there,” Mullen added. But the issue is that it’s not just some performs, it’s the way in which this staff approaches the sport, which begins on the high. Mullen preached psychological toughness throughout his postgame press convention, saying it begins on the high with the teaching workers. But then he saved discussing how they’ve misplaced seven straight video games when it got here down to one possession, so the place is he actually taking the blame for what is occurring in Gainesville.

Florida head coach Dan Mullen walks with his team to the field prior to an NCAA college football game against Missouri, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Columbia, Mo.

Florida head coach Dan Mullen walks together with his staff to the sector prior to an NCAA school soccer recreation towards Missouri, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Columbia, Mo.
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The Florida head coach was requested if he thought the followers have been unfair to this staff, even turning on them. Mullen determined to convey up the truth that individuals are good to him when he’s out and about strolling round.

“They (fans) can do whatever they want. I’ll be perfectly honest with you, when I walk around everyone around us is very supportive.”

I don’t doubt of us are good to the coach when he’s strolling round Gainesville, so that basically doesn’t do the quote any justice. But, the one staff Florida will end the 2021 season ranked increased than in the SEC shall be Vanderbilt, so I assume any good gesture shouldn’t be taken as a right.

Mullen can discuss all he needs about wanting to be at Florida and why he thinks the video games have ended so poorly, however he has now put that call about remaining the pinnacle coach in his buddy Scott Stricklin’s fingers. If he would’ve gained these last two video games, he in all probability wouldn’t have to fear about what he’s doing subsequent season.

But now, Dan Mullen needs to be very apprehensive about if he’ll be teaching the Gators come January, and he has no person to blame however himself.