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Florida's Tyree Appleby (22), shown here during a game last season, scores 17 points Wednesday in a win over Mississippi State.
The Gators, who lost Colin Castleton to a shoulder injury, shoot 54.2 percent in the second half in their comeback win.
Our college football writer looks back at his 2021 predictions, from his correct national title prediction to all the teams he overrated.
The Gators drop to 0-3 in the SEC for the first time in 41 years, thanks in part to 11-of-22 at the free-throw line.
Billy Napier, Mario Cristobal and Kirby Smart were all Saban assistants. One of them just won it all.

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  1. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, seen here during a spring practice session at Bradenton's IMG Academy, had a memorable recruiting visit at Jesuit High this week.
  2. Florida's Tyree Appleby (22), shown here during a game last season, scores 17 points Wednesday in a win over Mississippi State.
  3. Florida guard Phlandrous Fleming Jr., shown in a Jan. 8 game, scores 14 points as the Gators defeat South Carolina 71-63 on Saturday.
  4. The Florida Gators played much worse than our Matt Baker predicted, leading to Dan Mullen's firing (which seemed unfathomable to us in August).
  5. LSU forward Darius Days drives for the basket past Florida's Colin Castleton, left, and Anthony Duruji during the first half Wednesday.
  6. Georgia coach Kirby Smart triumphed over Alabama to win the national championship. It was also a triumph for the Nick Saban way.
  7. Georgia's Stetson Bennett celebrates after the College Football Playoff championship football game against Alabama. The Bulldogs won 33-18.
  8. Georgia's Stetson Bennett led the Bulldogs to Monday's College Football Playoff national championship triumph over No. 1 Alabama.
  9. Georgia's Devonte Wyatt hits Alabama's Bryce Young as he throws during the first half of the College Football Playoff championship game Monday night in Indianapolis.
  10. Fans stand by statues at Playoff Fan Central, Saturday in Indianapolis. Alabama and Georgia are scheduled to play in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
  11. Ryan Fitzpatrick had a magical start to 2018 with the Bucs under Todd Monken, who will be coordinating Georgia's offense in Monday's national championship.
  12. Alabama has amassed an elite roster under coach Nick Saban. Georgia has, too, under Kirby Smart.
  13. Alabama guard Keon Ellis dunks next to Florida guard Myreon Jones during the second half Wednesday.
  14. Alabama and Georgia are headed for another big-time matchup in Monday's national championship game.
  15. Arkansas running back Raheim Sanders celebrates one of his two touchdown against Penn State in the Outback Bowl on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.
  16. Georgia running back James Cook celebrates after scoring during the second half of the Bulldogs' College Football Playoff semifinal win against Michigan on Friday in the Orange Bowl at Miami Gardens.
  17. Armwood High alumnus Jerome Ford has become a star at Cincinnati after transferring from Alabama.
  18. For about three weeks in November, the Seminole Tribe had the exclusive rights to sports gambling in Florida. Then a judge shut it down. And now competing interests are trying to get Florida voters to expand sports betting even more in 2022.
  19. Florida State defensive tackle Dennis Briggs Jr., right, pauses on the field as Jacksonville State celebrates after upsetting the Seminoles on Sept. 11 in Tallahassee.
  20. Former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks deserves some credit for Arkansas' turnaround from an SEC bottom feeder to one that's playing Penn State in the Outback Bowl.
  21. Florida Gators athletic director has an amended contract that runs through October 2027.
  22. Try telling these UCF Knights fans that Thursday night's 29-17 victory against Florida in the Gasparilla Bowl was a meaningless exhibition between two also-ran teams.
  23. UCF coach Gus Malzahn celebrated the Knights' Gasparilla Bowl win (and unofficial state title) Thursday night.
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