Fans of other schools tend to give Gator fans a hard time when it comes to the Gators relatively weak out-of-conference schedule. Each year, Florida does their duty and manhandles FSU in the season finale (the Gators have won the last six by an average of 21.8 points, so yes, manhandle is a fitting word), but other than that, the out-of-conference schedule leaves much to be desired. Miami is sprinkled in there from time to time, but with no regularity whatsoever. Remove those two ACC teams from the equation and you won’t find a BCS conference opponent in sight. The excuse typically sounds like this: “Florida plays in the SEC; the last thing they need to do to prove anything is add tougher out-of-conference opponents.” It’s an excuse I’ve subscribed to for most of my life until recently....

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