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Gators will play hard

On paper, this SEC Championship Game matchup looks like potentially the greatest mismatch in the history of the title game. Alabama’s defense is dominant; Florida’s offense is borderline inept. UF’s injury-depleted defense struggles against balanced offenses; Alabama’s offense has great balance and dynamic playmakers, including sensational freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts. The Tide is dynamic on special teams; the Gators are just OK. When you look at all the numbers and stats and the way both teams have played coming down… Read More »

Another potential meltdown?

In their last big road test against a balanced offense, the Florida defense mysteriously disintegrated in the second half against Tennessee. Was that an anomaly? Or could it happen again. We may find out Saturday. Arkansas will clearly be the defense’s biggest test since Tennessee because the Razorbacks are so balanced. Austin Allen is a very good quarterback who will be throwing to probably the best set of receivers the Gators have faced this season, and the Hogs have an… Read More »

Expect the unexpected

With the great party atmosphere outside the stadium and the split crowd inside, the Florida-Georgia game always has the look and feel of a championship game. And in championship games, strange and unexpected things have a way of happening. That’s the way it’s going to play out Saturday. Expect the unexpected: Luke Del Rio is going to have a very efficient game and the offense is going to go up and down the field with a near-perfect balance between the… Read More »

The story behind the story

With information obtained from WikiLeaks and Russian hackers, The Sun has been able to piece together the true story about what happened last week with the postponement of the Florida-LSU game. It’s unbelievable (it actually is). You know that $100 million that Florida was planning to spend on facility upgrades in the near future? Well, Jeremy Foley and the UF administration decided, because the Gators had a couple of banged up defensive linemen who might not be ready by Saturday,… Read More »

Gators will rebound

While many Florida fans have remained in a funk all week over the crushing loss to the Vols last Saturday, the Gator players and coaches seem to have done a good job of letting it go and focusing on getting ready for Vanderbilt. I don’t anticipate a Gator letdown or hangover Saturday in Nashville. The players seem too excited about the opportunity to get back on the field for that too happen. I do see this being a tough game… Read More »

A duck will pull this truck

Before Quincy Wilson presented us with the question about whether we’d ever seen a duck pull a truck and then guaranteed a Florida victory over Tennessee, I was convinced the Gators were going to win in Knoxville on Saturday. Now, I’m convinced that’s not going to happen, the streak is going to end at 11. Wilson has sealed Florida’s fate. Like the other members of the media present for Wilson’s prediction Tuesday, I was a little bit stunned by it.… Read More »

Behold the letdown

Jim McElwain and the Florida players have been talking all week about staying focused and avoiding a letdown against 37-point underdog North Texas.   I can relate to letdowns, because I’ve already had two of them when it comes to picking Florida’s games this season. I don’t know if it’s a lack of focus and energy or not paying attention to detail, but I’ve been clearly off.   In the opener, I picked a rout, with the Gators emptying the… Read More »

Drinking the Kool-Aid?

They say one should not read too much into an opening-game performance. But I feel compelled to do so after watching the Gators stagger and stumble to an unimpressive 24-7 win over what was supposed to be an outmanned UMass team. My first take is that this Florida team is nowhere as good as I thought it was going to be. I guess some of the readers are right: I drank the Kool-Aid during the preseason when they were so… Read More »

Fresh start, big win coming

Not to brag or anything, but I was looking back on last season the other day and noticed that I was perfect with my picks in Florida games in 2015. I went 13-0 in the regular season, correctly predicting the upset of Ole Miss and the three losses to LSU, Florida State and Alabama.   But, of course, I went and lost some of my credibility with my bold bowl prediction. I actually believed the offense-less Gators were going to… Read More »

Grind under way for Gators

With Florida’s preseason camp now in full swing with the pads coming on and scrimmages on the upcoming agenda, here are some early observations of the Gators: Forget what you’re hearing about the quarterback battle being over and Luke Del Rio being the starter. The competition between Del Rio and Austin Appleby is just getting underway, and Jim McElwain appears nowhere close to naming a starter. From what I’ve heard, Appleby had a great summer and is a serious threat… Read More »