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Antonya English

Gators make SI cover

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August

Sicover_3Is there a Sports Illustrated cover jinx?

The Gators better hope not.

In the magazine's college football preview issue, which hits newsstands this week, the Gators are on the cover (several regional covers were printed, with different teams on each). The headline reads "Florida ... Loading up for Another Title Run."

In the issue, Florida is ranked No. 5. The magazine predicts the Gators will finish second in the SEC East behind Georgia, but believes the Gators will still make it to a BCS Bowl. Their best bet? Florida vs. Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

USF checks in at No. 21, Florida State at No. 41, Miami at No. 46, Florida Atlantic at No. 56, Central Florida at No. 68 and Florida International at No. 118. Georgia is No. 1 (complete list HERE).

Here are some past Gator football covers ...

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<--Jan. 15, 2007: The Gators beat Ohio State in a stunning blowout for the national title in Arizona. The day after the issue to the left was on newsstands, the magazine released its commemorative national title issue, which also -- as you might expect -- had the Gators on the cover.

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<--Sept. 25, 1995: Florida routs Tennessee at the Swamp. In one of the season's most highly anticipated games, Florida wins big as Gator QB Danny Wuerffel out-gunned the Vols and Peyton Manning. Much of the game was played in a driving rainstorm. At one point, Florida scored 48 straight points.

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<--Sept. 13, 1982: QB Wayne Peace leads Florida past Miami. In a thrilling game at Florida Field, the Gators won largely because of a one-handed touchdown catch by running back James Jones. Today, Jones' son is a standout safety at Tampa's Wharton High School. And he is being recruited by the Gators.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:31pm]

    

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