1953 Florida Gators football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1953 record3–5–2 (1–3–2 SEC)
Head coach
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 39,453)[1]
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 13 Alabama $ 4 0 3     6 3 3
No. 8 Georgia Tech 4 1 1     9 2 1
No. 16 Kentucky 4 1 1     7 2 1
Ole Miss 4 1 1     7 2 1
No. 17 Auburn 4 2 1     7 3 1
Mississippi State 3 1 3     5 2 3
Tennessee 3 2 1     6 4 1
LSU 2 3 3     5 3 3
Florida 1 3 2     3 5 2
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     3 7 0
Georgia 1 5 0     3 8 0
Tulane 0 7 0     1 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1953 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1953 college football season. The season was the fourth for Bob Woodruff as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The 1953 season was a year of rebuilding and backsliding after the graduation of All-American Charlie LaPradd and the loss of fullback Rick Casares to the U.S. Army. The highlight of the season was the Gators' second consecutive victory over the Georgia Bulldogs, but the Gators began a pattern of agonizingly close losses to the Rice Owls (16–20), Auburn Tigers (7–16), Tennessee Volunteers (7–9) and Miami Hurricanes (10–14), as well as two ties with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (0–0) and LSU Tigers (21–21). Woodruff's 1953 Florida Gators finished with a 3–5–2 overall record and a 1–3–2 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing ninth of twelve SEC teams.[2]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 19at No. 12 Rice*No. 15L 16–20
September 26No. 3 Georgia TechT 0–0
October 3at KentuckyL 13–26
October 10Stetson*
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 45–0
October 17vs. The Citadel*W 60–0
October 24No. 14 LSUdagger
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
T 21–21
October 31at AuburnL 7–16
November 7vs. Georgia
  • Gator Bowl Stadium
  • Jacksonville, FL (rivalry)
W 21–7
November 14No. 18 Tennessee
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
L 7–9
November 28at Miami (FL)*L 10–14
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.[2]

References

  1. ^ The Department of Publicity and The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "1953 Florida Football Facts 'n Figures" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.