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Florida guard Brandon McKissic tries to drive past Oklahoma forward Jalen Hill on Wednesday.
The 14th-ranked Gators rally late but drop their first game of the season.
Executive director Bill Hancock said there remains a strong consensus among the management committee to expand the four-team field. But how and when?
Southern Cal and LSU land bigger names, but Billy Napier fits Florida’s needs.
“It’s one thing to collect talent,” he said. “I think it’s another thing to build a team.”

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  1. Florida guard Brandon McKissic tries to drive past Oklahoma forward Jalen Hill on Wednesday.
  2. Michigan running back Hassan Haskins celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter of game against Ohio State last Saturday.
  3. USC hiring Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma was a massive shakeup to the college football landscape that overshadowed the Florida Gators getting Billy Napier.
  4. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly looks on during the second half of a game against Navy. LSU is hiring Kelly away from Notre Dame, a stunning move of one of the most accomplished coaches in college football jumping from the sport's most storied program to an SEC powerhouse.
  5. Billy Napier said he will spend some off-hours time this week on the Florida Gators but will otherwise focus on Saturday's Sun Belt Conference championship.
  6. Will new Florida coach Billy Napier be able to Sabanize the Gators the way he did Louisiana Lafayette?
  7. Florida is expected to hire Louisiana Lafayette coach Billy Napier to lead the Gators.
  8. Louisiana coach Billy Napier is a rising star in the coaching world.
  9. Florida guard Tyree Appleby (22) creates a turnover on Troy guard Kieffer Punter (0) during the second half Sunday in Gainesville.
  10. Michigan running back Blake Corum and the Wolverines topped Ohio State on Saturday to rise on our AP top 25 ballot.
  11. Florida running back Dameon Pierce and the Gators deserve some credit for finding a way to win Saturday.
  12. Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson helped the Gators beat Florida State on Saturday.
  13. Florida cornerback Jason Marshall had an interception in the Gators' game against Florida State on Saturday.
  14. Florida linebacker Brenton Cox Jr. had four sacks against the Seminoles during Saturday's 24-21 victory at Florida Field, including this one during the first quarter.
  15. Florida guard Tyree Appleby, center, reacts after hitting the game-winning shot against Ohio State Wednesday in Fort Myers.
  16. There's a lot of chatter around Louisiana Lafayette coach Billy Napier and the Florida job.
  17. Florida and Florida State resume their rivalry this weekend after the pandemic caused a one-year break last fall.
  18. Is this the coaching cycle where Matt Campbell leaves Iowa State?
  19. Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin is one of the top potential names on this year's coaching carousel.
  20. Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder points skyward as he celebrates a touchdown by running back Jerome Ford against SMU last weekend.
  21. Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson catches a 13-yard touchdown pass in front of Florida State defensive back Levonta Taylor during the teams' 2019 meeting in Gainesville. The rivals didn't play last year because of the pandemic.
  22. Stick Jim McElwain in between Dan Mullen, left, and Will Muschamp, and you have 11 years of largely forgettable Florida football seasons to talk about.
  23. The Florida Gators are moving on without Dan Mullen, starting Saturday against Florida State.
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