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Ole Miss will be huge test for Gators

Florida is ranked for first time since 2013

Jim McElwain was fired as UF's head football coach Sunday. He served as head coach from 2015-2017
Jim McElwain was fired as UF's head football coach Sunday. He served as head coach from 2015-2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coming off of a thrilling 28-27 comeback win over Tennessee, Florida has crept into the top 25 for the first time since 2013. There are no off weeks in the SEC and this Saturday the Gators will host No. 3 Ole Miss. Both teams are undefeated (4-0, 2-0 SEC). This isn't technically a rivalry game but don't tell that to the Oxford and Gainesville police departments.

Thanks to that 4-0 start Florida is starting to pick up some momentum nationally. They haven't been dominate in either SEC win and head coach Jim McElwain doesn't think being nationally ranked will go to the players heads.

"I want them to feel good, and yet okay we've won four games," said McElwain. "That's where we should be. That's got to be the thought and not get caught up. The game itself should really handle the excitement and want to. It will be interesting to see how we prepare."

Ole Miss and Florida haven't met since 2008 when the Rebels pulled of a stunning 31-30 win in the Swamp. Following that game Tim Tebow gave perhaps the greatest pep talk in college football history. Tebow delivered on his promise with the Gators winning their next 10 games in route to a national title.

Last weekend Ole Miss beat Vanderbilt 27-16 and on paper they have one of the most talented teams in the country. There's no doubt the Gators will be the underdogs in this game and McElwain wants his team to focus on themselves, not what the outside world is saying about them.

"People are starting to take notice," said McElwain. "But as soon as you fall down, they're going to say, 'Oh.' The consistency in how you handle it and how you understand how you got there and not thinking that you've arrived. It's a psychological part that everybody in this room deals with at times. It'll be interesting to see. The guys should be excited about it."