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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 »

Gators have a chance

A month from today (Friday), we head to Hoover, Ala., for SEC Media Days, so it’s already time to start gearing up for football season. I’m sure that in Hoover the media will be predicting Tennessee to win the Eastern Division, and the vote for the Vols likely will be a landslide. Tennessee certainly looks like the best team in the division on paper, but games aren’t won on paper. Florida and Georgia also are good enough to win the… Read More »

How they’ll line up in August

This is the time of year when you see everyone’s way-too-early top 25 for the upcoming season. I’m not going to go there. But what I have done is come up with a way-too-early depth chart for the Florida Gators, who likely won’t put their own out until the week before the opener.   In my way-too-early depth chart, I’ve included the incoming freshmen who were not here in the spring with the 12 early enrollees and the two suspended… Read More »

DBU starting to roll

With Vernon Hargreaves III and Keanu Neal being taken in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, DBU is just getting started. There will be more nights like that in the future — maybe the near future, as in next year. It is rare to have two defensive backs from the same school selected in the first round. It has been done only once by another SEC school, so it’s something special. But the Gators have a chance… Read More »