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Cardiac comeback – Gators suddenly very relevant in SEC East

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Say this for the last two weeks of Gators football, it’s been anything, but dull.

And in the end, the dramatic “Hail Feleipe” bomb TD to beat Tennessee and Saturday’s last ditch drive to win at Kentucky have got Florida 2-0 in the conference and against the SEC East.

And, as we delve into what has gone on and the future schedule, the Gators are in great shape to make a run at winning the division and being in Atlanta for a third straight year under Jim McElwain.

Consider, this stat coming off the win in Lexington:

Yep. They are getting good at “this heart attack stuff” in Gainesville.

And when you consider that McElwain has won 15 SEC games in his career and over half, half, have come down to the fourth quarter and one score, it becomes more impressive.

Whether it was the fourth down desperation Will Grier to Antonio Callaway connection to break Tennessee’s heart two years ago or the goal line stand to beat LSU in Baton Rouge last November, or these two latest last second victories, the Gators are winning close games.

Almost all of them.

That’s a sign not just of good fortune, but also preparation and belief in what you’re doing and each other. Clearly, the Gators have a bunch in the “belief department.”

Now, let’s quickly look at the future.

Florida will host Vandy this week, and while the Commodores usually play Florida tough, they are coming off being on the wrong end of a 59-0 beatdown by Alabama Saturday.

Needless to say, advantage Gators at the Swamp.

A win would set up hosting LSU the following week. And, with the Tigers having been blown out themselves by Mississippi State a week ago, and having to battle Syracuse in a back and forth game Saturday, Florida appears armed to handle them.

Not saying it will be easy, but it’s winable.

So, if, and, it’s still an “if,” the Gators can take care of business on the next two Saturdays, they will be 4-0 in conference play and 3-0 against the East.

While that is not “home free” to win the division, it’s awful lot better than how they looked in Arlington against Michigan or how they looked for a lot of the game Saturday night with Kentucky.

And, with the repeated ability to win the close ones?

That’s the best trend of all to continue.

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