Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) against the LSU Tigers during the second half of a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Florida 17-6. (Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
GAINESVILLE, Florida (AP) - No. 22 Florida has lost two games and four starters this season, but the Gators haven't lost hope of winning the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division.
Despite so much having gone wrong this season -- season-ending injuries to quarterback Jeff Driskel, running back Matt Jones and defensive tackle Dominique Easley were significant setbacks -- the Gators still have their primary goal in sight.
If Florida wins its remaining Southeastern Conference games, it would play for the league title for the first time since 2009.
The road to Atlanta begins Saturday at No. 14 Missouri.
Linebacker Michael Taylor sums it up best: "When you can control your own destiny, you don't have to hope and pray for somebody else to lose."