Florida Credits Championship to Upsetting Loss at Auburn

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - When Florida coach Urban Meyer walked into the locker room after losing at Auburn last season, the scene was surreal.

There were tears, tirades, fights and finger-pointing.

The Gators regrouped and responded better than anyone could have imagined. They won the next five games, then beat Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference championship game and upset Ohio State for
the national title.

The fourth-ranked Gators (4-0, 2-0) have won 11 straight since that upsetting - and unifying - 27-17 loss at Jordan-Hare Stadium last October.

The teams meet again tomorrow (Saturday) in Gainesville, with Florida trying to stay unbeaten and Auburn (2-2, 0-1) hoping to turn things around after close losses to South Florida and Mississippi State.

Although the Gators are well aware of next week's much-hyped game at 2nd ranked LSU, they are vowing not to overlook Auburn.

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