Late wins don’t pay off with no playoff

“The biggest thing between the NFL and college is the length of the season,” Sherman said. “You can turn things around in the National Football League easier than you can in college. … That’s the biggest challenge. You have to give them a new reason every week why we have to win. They don’t really know. If you’re not careful, it just becomes another game.”

Florida began the season at No. 4, pretty much equivalent to starting on the front row at Daytona. After extensive time in the pits, the No. 22 Gators are 6-3 and two big wins removed from a three-game losing streak. They will play No. 23 South Carolina on Saturday for the SEC East title. But the opportunity to play for a third national championship in five seasons is long gone.