|1982 Florida Gators football|
|1982 record||8–4 (3–3 SEC)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mike Shanahan (3rd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Joe Kines (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Florida Field|
|1982 Southeastern Conference football standings|
|No. 4 Georgia $||6||–||0||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|No. 11 LSU||4||–||1||–||1||8||–||3||–||1|
|No. 14 Auburn||4||–||2||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1982 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was the fourth for Charley Pell as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Pell's 1982 Florida Gators posted an 8–4 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 3–3, tying for sixth place in the ten-team SEC.
The highlight of the season was a nationally televised September victory over Southern Cal in the Trojans' only visit to Florida Field. Gator linebacker Wilber Marshall had 14 tackles and 4 sacks in the 17–9 victory and was named national defensive player of the week on his way to All-American honors at the end of the season. On offense, the team was led by quarterback Wayne Peace, who set an NCAA record for completion percentage in a season (70.7%) running offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan's short passing attack.
Florida played six of their first seven games at home and rode their early season success into a #4 ranking in early October, which matched the highest AP poll placement in program history up to that time. However, close losses to LSU and Vanderbilt and a blow-out loss to arch rival Georgia knocked them out of the polls, and the Gators finished the season 8–4 after a loss in the 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl
|September 4||No. 15 Miami (FL)*||No. 16||USA||W 17–14||71,864|
|September 11||No. 10 USC*||No. 11||ABC||W 17–9||73,238|
|September 25||Mississippi State||No. 5||ESPN||W 27–17||71,544|
|October 2||LSU||No. 4||USA||L 13–24||73,152|
|October 9||at Vanderbilt||No. 14||L 29–31||39,726|
|October 16||West Texas State*||W 77–14||72,885|
|October 30||No. 19 Auburn||W 19–17||73,532|
|November 6||vs. No. 3 Georgia||No. 20||CBS||L 0–44||80,749|
|November 13||at Kentucky||W 39–13||53,245|
|November 20||at Tulane*||W 21–14||27,795|
|December 4||at No. 15 Florida State*||W 13–10||57,369|
|December 31||vs. No. 14 Arkansas*||MTN||L 24–28||31,557|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
|1982 Florida Gators football team roster|
- University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1982 Football Guide" (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. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
- "Wilber Marshall - A Tradition of Honor". Florida Gators. University of Florida Athletic Association. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
- Andreu, Robbie (July 31, 2010). "Where are they now? Wayne Peace". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 7 October 2019.