No. 23 Gators seek Swamp success after woeful ’11

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Will Muschamp believes he has a surefire way of keeping his team from overlooking Bowling Green in Saturday’s season opener.

Muschamp says he will “turn the tape on from last year and let our team watch that. You watch the Furman game?”

The 23rd-ranked Gators haven’t forgotten the near-debacle against the lower-division Paladins. Or that embarrassing loss to rival Florida State the following week.

Those are Florida’s last two home games. No doubt, then, that the Gators want a better showing Saturday in The Swamp.

Last season was an eye-opener for many, including Muschamp. He hired a new offensive coordinator and revamped the team’s weightlifting program in hopes of closing the gap on the Southeastern Conference heavyweights.

If the changes work, this year could go considerably smoother.