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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 »

First lost looming?

On of the strengths of this undefeated Florida team has been its resiliency. Bad things happen and they bounce back every time, whether it’s from a fourth-quarter deficit against Tennessee or beating back the flu against Ole Miss. But this latest setback is a doozy — losing starting quarterback Will Grier for an entire year the Monday before facing No. 6 LSU in Death Valley. This one is going to be hard to overcome. Not impossible, but improbable. The players… Read More »

Watch out for this one

One week after beating Ole Miss, Florida is Ole Miss. I know that sounds confusing at first, but think about. Only two weeks before coming to Gainesville, the Rebels beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa and the love started flowing their way. Ole Miss rose all the way to No. 3 in the nation and many were saying this was the most talented team in the SEC and one of the most talented in the nation. All that love and all that… Read More »

Gators will prevail

It’s amazing how much 10 minutes of football, and two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, can change things. Heading into the fourth quarter against Tennessee last Saturday, the game seemed lost for Florida, and many were already wondering how bad things might get a week later against No. 3 Ole Miss, a much better team than the Vols. But after Will Grier and the Gators almost willed themselves to that dramatic win, many now are thinking Florida has a legitimate chance to… Read More »

Gators. No, Vols … No, Gators …

Who to pick? I’ve been going back and forth on this one all week. On Monday, after listening to Jim McElwain and two of his players (Quincy Wilson and Brandon Powell), I was firm in my belief that the Gators would beat the Vols on Saturday. A day later, I started feeling a little shaky about the pick and almost switched to UT before calming down and going back with the Gators that night. On Wednesday, with the breaking news… Read More »

’Cats a tempting pick

The last time the Gators traveled to Lexington two years ago, I was convinced the Wildcats were going to upset the Gators and end their long (now 28 games) losing streak to UF. The pick made perfect sense. UF had lost starting quarterback Jeff Driskel to a broken lower leg the week before against Tennessee, and backup QB Tyler Murphy would be making his first college start in a very hostile environment. My feeling at the time was the Gators… Read More »

Bigger test coming

I don’t agree with all those who insist you can take nothing from Florida’s big opening-night win because the performance came against a bad and badly outmanned New Mexico State. Here’s what I’ve taken from that game: This is a much better coached team than the past two Florida teams, especially on offense. The offensive scheme is much better and a whole lot more sophisticated in the passing game. The head coach knows offense — and he gets it, unlike… Read More »