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Gators losing Florida?

There is one disconcerting flaw about Florida’s 2016 recruiting class, and I’m not talking about the absence of a defensive tackle or tight end, or the lack of numbers at linebacker and on the offensive line. I’m talking about how few homegrown prospects are in this class. The Gators managed to sign only 13 players from Florida, and missed out on many of the state’s elite prospects coming down the stretch. Florida got beat up in its own state, which… Read More »

What a disaster (only kidding)

After spending all of 10 minutes on the recruiting message boards earlier in the week, I came to the conclusion that Florida must be having the worst recruiting year in the history of the school. Has to be, man, with all that gloom and doom everywhere you look. Of course, a few minutes later I saw where the updated Rivals recruiting rankings had been released and the Gators were standing at No. 5. Not No. 5 in the state, mind… Read More »

What could have been

Even with the three-game losing streak to end the season, it’s clear that Jim McElwain has generated momentum in his first year in Gainesville with a 10-win season, an SEC East title, and now what appears to be an outstanding recruiting class in the making. But, one can’t help but wonder how much more momentum the Gators would have right now (and how much more buzz would be surrounding this program) if Will Grier had not screwed up by taking… Read More »

Gators will find a way

Is there any logical reason to think this game will be any different than the last two for the Florida Gators? Maybe not. You look at Michigan’s strong defense, you look at Florida’s inept offense — and it appears to add up to the same losing matchup the Gators found themselves in against Florida State and Alabama. Just like in those two losses, I really don’t know how the Gators are going to score many points, if any, on offense.… Read More »

Long day in Atlanta

There’s really no reason to spend a lot of time going in depth trying to break down the SEC Championship Game. I think everyone has a pretty good idea how this Florida-Alabama game is going to play out. Let’s see, for starters, the Florida offense will be abysmal again. There will be lots of sacks, lots of negative plays, few first downs, no sustained drives, and, maybe, no points — just like a week ago in the 27-2 embarrassment against… Read More »

One tough call

Everything seems to be pointing toward a Florida loss on Saturday. The Gators are banged up, especially on the defensive line, the offense is coming off a putrid performance against FAU, the line can’t protect, Treon Harris is stone cold and Dalvin Cook is running red hot. It’s such a positive Seminole slant that it makes me think going with the Gators might be the way to go on this pick. But, I just can’t do it. Florida’s defense will… Read More »

Gators could/should roll

The elements certainly are present this week for the Gators to have a letdown Saturday. It’s only human nature to relax a little bit coming home after sweeping the SEC’s Eastern Division at South Carolina and facing a non-conference opponent that’s 2-8 ( 2-5 in Conference-USA) and you’re favored to beat by more than 30 points. But it’s also human nature not to relax or have a letdown when so much is at stake. The Florida players have talked this… Read More »

Another survival test

After barely dodging a nightmare loss to Vanderbilt last Saturday, the Florida Gators may find themselves in a similar situation Saturday at South Carolina. All the elements are there: the Gamecocks have been playing well on offense, the Florida defensive line is depleted, USC has beaten UF four of the last five years, the Gator offense is regressing, UF might be in letdown mode after clinching the division, USC is fighting to get bowl eligible and playing at home. A… Read More »

Vandy will make it tough

It seems easy enough: beat Vanderbilt at home on homecoming to clinch the Eastern Division. But anyone who has been paying attention to these two teams knows this is no simple task the Gators are facing Saturday in The Swamp. Vandy’s defense is strong enough to give the Commodores a chance. And Florida’s is struggling enough, especially in the passing game, to keep this game in doubt going into the fourth quarter. So, let’s go ahead and put an upset… Read More »

An unpredictable rivalry

If you’re a gambler, here’s some advice: stay away from betting the Florida-Georgia game. This rivalry is the opposite of a sure thing — a game that has been almost impossible to correctly predict down through the years. And, really, we don’t have to go back that far to see the trend. Did anyone think the Gators would win last year’s game, by rushing for more than 400 yards and winning by 18 points? Of course not. Did anyone pick… Read More »