Christopher Smith

FCS School Beats Florida

Created on Nov. 23, 2013 5:43 PM EST

Will Muschamp may not be safe at Florida after all.

Any free pass for a treacherous 2013 season likely went into the shredder Saturday as Florida lost to Georgia Southern, 26-20.

It marked the first time the Gators ever have fallen to an FCS opponent, an embarrassing loss in front of the home crowd in the Swamp that dropped Florida to 4-7. The season will end in the same venue next week against No. 2 Florida State, and then the Muschamp trial and verdict will follow.

It seemed unthinkable for Florida to lose eight games this season, but that appears an immanent reality. The team went 11-1 in 2012 before falling to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl and started the season ranked in the Top 10.

Georgia Southern, known for its triple option, knocked off the SEC power despite not completing a pass. Florida erased a 10-point fourth quarter deficit, but Jerick McKinnon ran for a 12-yard touchdown with 2:57 left to account for the final margin.

McKinnon and Kevin Ellison each topped 100 rushing yards for the Eagles, and William Banks (94 rushing yards) nearly gave the team three 100-yard rushers against the Gators.

Georgia Southern will become an FBS team in the Sun Belt Conference next year, but the team is just 4-4 in the Southern Conference this season with losses to teams like Samford and Furman.

Florida now has lost six consecutive games after a 5-1 start. As recent as eight days ago, many expected Florida to beat Vanderbilt and Georgia Southern to become bowl-eligible, taking the sting out of an otherwise-forgettable season, but the unimaginable has happened.

To be fair, the Gators may be the team hit hardest by injuries in the entire country, but it may be futile to reason with its furious fan base.

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