|1965 Florida Gators football|
|1965 record||7–4 (4–2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Ray Graves (6th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Ed Kensler (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Gene Ellenson (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Florida Field|
|1965 SEC football standings|
|No. 1 Alabama $||6||–||1||–||1||9||–||1||–||1|
|No. 7 Tennessee||3||–||1||–||2||8||–||1||–||2|
|No. 8 LSU||3||–||3||–||0||8||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1965 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1965 NCAA University Division football season. The season was Ray Graves's sixth year as the Florida Gators football team's head coach. The highlights of the season included an intersectional road victory over the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten Conference, Southeastern Conference (SEC) wins over the LSU (14–7), Ole Miss Rebels (17–0), Georgia Bulldogs (14–10) and Tulane Green Wave (51–13), and a sound thumping of the in-state rival Florida State Seminoles (30–17). The Gators also lost close matches against the Mississippi State Bulldogs (13–18) and the Miami Hurricanes (13–16). Graves' 1965 Florida Gators finished 7–4 overall and 4–2 in the SEC, placing third in the eleven-team conference.
|September 18||Northwestern*||W 24–14||33,918|
|September 25||Mississippi State||No. 8||L 13–18||42,612|
|October 2||No. 5 LSU||W 14–7||48,210|
|October 9||Ole Miss||No. 10||W 17–0||30,006|
|October 16||NC State*||No. 9||W 28–6||48,010|
|October 30||Auburn||No. 7||ABC||L 17–28||46,313|
|November 6||Georgia||W 14–10||61,211|
|November 13||Tulane||W 51–13||39,616|
|November 20||Miami (FL)*||No. 10||L 13–16||67,200|
|November 27||Florida State*||W 30–17||48,626|
|January 1||No. 6 Missouri*||NBC||L 18–20||67,421|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide
Attendance figures: University of Florida 1966 Football Brochure.
|1965 Florida Gators football team roster|
At the end of the season, the Gators played the Missouri Tigers in the Gators' first-ever major bowl game, the Sugar Bowl, on January 1, 1966. Despite a three-touchdown second-half effort from the Gators, they lost to the Tigers 18–20 after they failed to score on three consecutive two-point conversion attempts after each of their touchdowns. Following the game, Gators quarterback Steve Spurrier was recognized as the game's Most Valuable Player—the only MVP selected from the losing team in the history of the Sugar Bowl.
- Department of Sports Publicity. "University of Florida 1965 Football Brochure" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 110–111 (2015). Retrieved August 14, 2015.
- Department of Sports Publicity. "Meet the Gators: 1966 University of Florida Football Brochure" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.