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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Gators don't want to peak too early

By Chris Low

Nobody needs to tell Florida’s Will Muschamp what’s at stake this Saturday in Jacksonville.

The same goes for his players.

It’s Florida-Georgia week, and not only that, but the Gators can clinch the Eastern Division championship with a win.

“We approach all games the same,” Muschamp said. “I know no one wants to hear that, but that’s the way we do it here.

“We understand what’s at stake. When we got on the practice field on Monday, our guys were excited. You don’t need a bunch of pep talks this week to get them going. You don’t need to find different ways to try and motivate them this week. They’ll be excited to play.”

What’s often times lost in a game of this magnitude is the importance of making sure players don't get too hyped too early.

Muschamp’s seen it happen before.

“I’ve been critical of myself in the past as an assistant on guys peaking too early in the week,” Muschamp said. “We need them to play well at 3:30 on Saturday. That’s when we need to be ready to go, not on Tuesday and not on Wednesday. Sometimes, I feel like you’ve lost the game during the week with the amount of energy you go out on the field with.

“I’m not saying you don’t need energy. You need energy. But our approach is always the same. We don’t change a bunch of stuff unless we feel like there’s something schematically we need to practice differently.”