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Hey, Gator fans, watch (maybe) your next head coach

By Matt Baker
Head coach Dino Babers of the Syracuse Orange looks on during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Five games UF fans should keep an eye on as the coaching search begins:

No. 15 UCF at SMU: The Knights’ Scott Frost is a top candidate, and SMU’s Chad Morris is in line for a Power Five job soon.

No. 14 Iowa State at West Virginia: The Cyclones’ Matt Campbell is looking for a third quality win at a program that doesn’t get many.

Oregon at No. 12 Washington: A top-15 win would help the case for the Ducks’ Willie Taggart, who is 5-4 since leaving USF.

UMass at No. 21 Mississippi State: The game shouldn’t be close, so focus on the way Dan Mullen uses QB Nick Fitzgerald.

Syracuse at Florida State: Dino Babers should put up more points on the Seminoles than Jim McElwain ever did.



Audible

"Our fans deserve better than that." — FSU coach Jimbo Fisher. His 2-5 Seminoles are coming off a 35-3 loss at Boston College and could have their NCAA-record 35-year bowl streak snapped



By the numbers

12-5 Gators’ record with an interim coach

11 Quarterbacks who have started for UF since Tim Tebow left. Malik Zaire will become the 12th today at Missouri

28 Passing touchdowns by the nation’s two leaders — West Virginia’s Will Grier and the Gators’ opponent, Missouri’s Drew Lock

13 Catches last week by Indiana WR Whop Philyor (Plant High) — a Hoosiers freshman record

23 School-record streak of games with a touchdown pass by Penn State QB Trace McSorley

9 Consecutive times FSU has beaten Syracuse