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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 »

Lots of predictions

One of my first predictions for this Florida team came even before the start of camp, when I went against the grain and told everyone not to discount quarterback Treon Harris, who had already been written off by many as not being a good fit in Jim McElwain’s offense. I’ve been telling everyone who would listen not to be surprised if Harris turned out to be the starter on opening day over Will Grier. Well, obviously Harris does fit in… Read More »

These freshmen will play

Since signing day back in February, we’ve been matching names with needs and making predictions/guesses about which true freshmen will be playing for Florida this fall. Now, after having seen these kids in pads a little bit and hearing reviews from their coaches and teammates, there is some hard evidence to go on in making these predictions/guesses. So, here we go, the true freshmen who will be playing for the Gators this season: Martez Ivey, offensive tackle — This five-star… Read More »

Just how much better?

All summer, wherever I’ve gone, I’ve been getting asked the same question: Will the Gators be any better this season under Jim McElwain? I have a pat answer: I don’t know if they’ll be better, but they’ll certainly be more entertaining under an offensive-minded coach. That’s perhaps the most important thing coming off four years of watching an insufferable, almost inept, offense for the past four years under a defensive-minded coach who left all offensive creativity back in the locker… Read More »