Muschamp sidestepped questions about needing a win personally. He is 22-11 in three seasons, not much better than Zook's record (20-13) when he was fired in 2004. Spurrier was 28-5 through 33 games, and Meyer was 27-6.
Maybe more telling about the state of Muschamp's program is he's a combined 4-4 against Florida's rivals: Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State and Miami. Meyer was an impressive 17-2 against those teams.
''I hate to give you the boring answer, but I don't approach this one any different than the other ones,'' Muschamp said. ''It's a critical game for us, obviously being a great rival with the University of Florida and a great rivalry game. It's one of the best college football games year-in, year-out to be a part of. It's exciting to be a part of it.
''It's a great game for us.''