Week 10 in the college football season was one for the books. Upsets occurred, multiple big wins, head-scratching moments and plenty of draft prospects moved up draft boards. As conference championships, bowl season and the college football playoffs are among us, every week is getting more and more important as teams are writing their destinies. Here's what we learned in week 10:
The Florida Gators have been horrible over the past two weeks, losing to the Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks by a combined score of 74-24. Over the last two weeks, the Gators haven’t been able to establish anything on offense—quarterback Emory Jones has been average at best and the running game has been unable to pick up the slack, rushing for a scant 82 yards on 26 attempts against South Carolina. Beyond their offensive futility, their sieve-like defense has been their true undoing by allowing more than 450 yards in two of their last three games. On Saturday, the South Carolina Gamecocks imposed their will at the line of scrimmage, running for 307 yards and averaging nearly seven yards per carry in the process. Accordingly, the Gators parted ways with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham after the 40-17 defeat.
While ousting Grantham may improve their defense, a more pressing question remains: How does Dan Mullen still have a job? At 4-5 with losses to South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, LSU and Georgia, the Gators are on track for their worst season since 2017. Despite the obvious talent on the roster, Florida has been utterly inept this season, lacking the toughness and discipline needed to compete in the SEC. At this point, Mullen’s best—and maybe only—shot at keeping his job would be Florida winning out and winning a bowl game. If the Gators finish the season with a losing record, Mullen will more than likely be out of a job come December.