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1974 Florida Gators football team

The 1974 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1974 NCAA Division I football season. The season was Doug Dickey's fifth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1974 Florida Gators finished with an 8–4 overall record and a 3–3 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), tying for fourth among ten SEC teams.[2]

1974 Florida Gators football
Sugar Bowl, L 10–13 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 15
1974 record8–4 (3–3 SEC)
Head coachDoug Dickey (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorJimmy Dunn (5th season)
Offensive schemeWishbone
Defensive coordinatorDoug Knotts (5th season)
CaptainLee McGriff
Ralph Ortega
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 62,800)[1]
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Alabama $ 6 0 0     11 1 0
No. 8 Auburn 4 2 0     10 2 0
Georgia 4 2 0     6 6 0
No. 17 Mississippi State 3 3 0     9 3 0
No. 15 Florida 3 3 0     8 4 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     6 5 0
No. 20 Tennessee 2 3 1     7 3 2
Vanderbilt 2 3 1     7 3 2
LSU 2 4 0     5 5 1
Ole Miss 0 6 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Powered by a strong backfield that included Tony Green and Jimmy DuBose, Dickey employed the wishbone offense for the first season in the Gators' history.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 14California*W 21–1739,521
September 21vs. No. 14 Maryland*W 17–1041,140
September 28Mississippi State
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 29–1348,643
October 5LSUNo. 13
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
W 24–1456,590
October 12at VanderbiltNo. 8L 10–2425,800
October 19at Florida State*No. 14W 24–1442,541
October 26Duke* No. 12
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 30–1356,251
November 2No. 5 AuburnNo. 11
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
ABCW 25–1464,912
November 9vs. GeorgiaNo. 6L 16–1770,716
November 16at KentuckyNo. 9ABCL 24–4145,000
November 30Miami (FL)*
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
W 31–748,563
December 31vs. No. 8 Nebraska*No. 18ABCL 10–1368,890
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide[2]

Attendance figures: 1975 University of Florida Press Guide.[4]

RosterEdit

1974 Florida Gators football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Don Gaffney
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K David Posey
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sports Publicity Department. "1974 University of Florida Press Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 110–111 (2015). Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Tom Cornelison, "Florida Wishbone Here To Stay", Sarasota Journal, p. 3C (September 16, 1974). Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  4. ^ Sports Publicity Department. "1975 University of Florida Press Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.