Gators welcome winner-take-all game for SEC East

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- When Florida lost three consecutive games last month, players feared the worst.

They thought their shot at winning the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division was over. They figured their goal of getting to Atlanta for the league title game was lost. They even wondered what it would be like to play relatively meaningless games down the stretch.

The Gators were down and definitely feeling out.

Then came the turnaround. Florida overhauled its offense during the bye week and responded with an overtime win against rival Georgia and a lopsided victory at Vanderbilt. Now, the 24th-ranked Gators have a winner-take-all game against No. 22 South Carolina on Saturday night to decide the division race.

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