Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators Not Focused on Chance at Title

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators Not Focused on Chance at Title

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GAINESVILLE -- They've been told time and again about this weird

and critical connection with Ohio State.

If the Buckeyes beat Arizona State, and Florida beats Florida

State, and the voters see Florida's victory as more impressive,

then . . .

Forget about it. To a player, the members of the University of

important than national championship scenarios they have no

control over.

conquer, is up again in the Sugar Bowl.

"Our focus is not on the national championship," cornerback

Anthone Lott said during yesterday's Bowl Media Day. "The focus

is on beating Florida State."

Said UF center Wyley Ritch: "We just want to redeem ourselves

against these guys."

Still, if Florida beats topranked Florida State on Jan. 2 and

Ohio State beats secondranked Arizona State in the Rose Bowl on

New Year's Day, the third-ranked Gators could have a claim at

the national title. Florida will know before it takes the field

whether it can win the national championship it lost in last

year's Fiesta Bowl. …

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