No. 4 Florida suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, a 41-38 nailbiter that noticed No. 17 Texas A&M earn Jimbo Fisher’s first victory over a top-five crew throughout his Aggies tenure.
While there have been a number of elements within the Gators’ loss — reminiscent of a late misplaced fumble and the protection giving up 543 yards of offense — a “main issue” coach Dan Mullen listed by title was the group at Kyle Field, which was introduced as 24,709, about 25 p.c of capability.
Because of that, Mullen stated, he desires college officers to permit followers to pack The Swamp for upcoming Florida residence video games, beginning with the sport vs. LSU on Oct. 17.
“I do know our governor handed that rule, so actually, hopefully the college administration decides to allow us to pack The Swamp in opposition to LSU,” Mullen advised reporters after the sport. “I actually hope our college administration follows the governor. The governor has handed a rule that we’re allowed to pack The Swamp and have 90,000 in The Swamp to present us the home-field benefit Texas A&M had right this moment.
“Absolutely wish to see 90,000 in The Swamp,” Mullen stated. “Hopefully, that creates a home-field benefit for us subsequent week as a result of now we handed a regulation in our state that we are able to do this. We need our college students on the market cheering us on to present us that home-field benefit.”
The rule Mullen was referencing was from earlier this week. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted attendance restrictions at sports activities stadiums as a part of Phase 3 of the state’s reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Doing so permits universities to fill their stadiums, in the event that they select; for Florida, that might enhance The Swamp’s capability from roughly 17,000 to about 88,000.
That stated, not each sports activities crew in Florida will make use of the lifted restrictions. The NFL’s Miami Dolphins, for instance, will proceed to restrict attendance: roughly 13,000 at Hard Rock Stadium.
Florida stays one of many states most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to information from The New York Times, the state has 728,913 confirmed coronavirus instances (third-most within the U.S.) and 15,185 confirmed deaths (fifth-most).