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Big 3 lose in same day for first time since '78

Updated: November 1, 2004, 10:12 AM ET
Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida, Florida State and Miami were out of the national championship picture by Thanksgiving last year.

It could happen even sooner this season.

All three lost Saturday, the first time that happened on the same day since Oct. 14, 1978. The rare feat gave them a combined seven losses this season, their most this early since 1981 and staggering numbers for teams that dominated the 1990s.

It also is an indication that each program has problems, ...

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