Look, I get the whole underdog motivational ploy, but Jim Mcelwain is beating the damn thing into the ground this week.
"Let's go to work, get a little bit better and go play [an Ole Miss] team that I'm sure is going to come in here and figure they should beat the heck out of us," Florida's head coach said on Monday. "A highly ranked opponent that has everything going for them."
Mcelwain's been parroting variations of that statement all week in an annoyingly transparent attempt to paint his team as a disrespected upstart bunch.
(Hugh Freeze refused to take the media bait when asked about it on Monday: "I'm not sure why Coach McElwain said that our team has no regard for their team. I'm sure he has a reason.")
But the mere fact that a Florida Gators football team feels the need to play the underdog card at home against an Ole Miss team just three short years from going winless in the SEC is credit to how quickly Freeze has turned around this program. The No. 3-ranked Rebs opened game day as a full touchdown and an extra point favorite in the Swamp against a 4-0 Gators team. Who saw that coming in 2013?
How to watch
When: 6 p.m. CT
Where: Gainesville, Fla.
Online streaming: WatchESPN
- Our in-depth game preview looks at Florida's loaded defense and calculates how many tears Tim Tebow has shed over the last seven years.
- It's been a long seven years since The Upset and The Promise. Jim Lohmar takes a look at the very different paths the Florida and Ole Miss programs have taken since that day.
- SB Nation's Florida blogger dished on redshirt QB Will Grier, the Gators' O-line trouble and the one-man wrecking crew that is Jonathan Bullard.
- This expedited episode of Podcast Rebellion tells you everything you need to know about the game.
- Let's take a look back at the absurdity that was the 2008 upset in the Swamp.
- Here's why Ole Miss has to fix it's running game to have a shot at the Playoff.