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Gators more Tiger bait?

Before the start of the season, playing Missouri on the road seemed to fall into the category of trap game for the Gators. But it has moved way beyond that with the great start the Tigers have gotten off to this season. It’s not a trap game, it’s a tough game, one that many believe Missouri should be favored to win based on the different direction the two teams seem to be heading (UF’s arrow is pointing down; Mizzou’s is… Read More »

Into the Tigers’ den

With Tyler Murphy at quarterback, the offense has started to produce the way Will Muschamp and Brent Pease thought it would heading into the season. Murphy’s presence under center (and in the pocket) seems to have made a huge difference. He’s getting the ball down the field to the wide receivers, leading the Gators to touchdowns once they get into the red zone, and making plays with his feet, whether it’s to buy time in the pocket or make a… Read More »

Time to atone for dumb pick

Over the past week, I’ve been called stupid, dumb, a talentless hack, a buffoon, an idiot, ignorant, clueless … and so on and so forth. And that was just from my wife. Seriously, though, this is what happens when you make a dumb-stupid-clueless pick like I did last week when I predicted Florida would lose to Kentucky. My gut feeling was way off on that one, except for the fact that I did get part of it right: I predicted… Read More »

Upset alert in Lexington

Actually, if the Gators fall to Kentucky on Saturday night, I don’t know how many are actually going to refer to it as an upset. With all that’s happen at Florida over the past week — losing starting quarterback Jeff Driskel and star defensive tackle Dominique Easley — many are starting to believe the Wildcats are in an excellent position to end their 26-game losing streak to the Gators. I am among them. I know that many around Gator Nation… Read More »

Time for Gators to roll?

The dumb question of the week at Will Muschamp’s news conference Monday came from the back of the room (where the TV folks are perched): “Are your offensive players licking their chops after watching the Tennessee-Oregon game?” Well, no. Duh. Florida’s offense is not even remotely similar to Oregon’s up-tempo attack. UF’s skill level isn’t comparable to the Ducks’, either. Anyone who thinks the Gators are going to roll up and down the field and ring up 50-plus points Saturday… Read More »

Hurricane warnings are out

Florida’s timing has not been good in its rivalry with Miami. During the years when Miami has been down, the Hurricanes have not been on the schedule. When they’re back up, they pop back up on the schedule. And so it is again. Miami has been in full recovery mode under Al Golden, who, like Will Muschamp, is a defensive guy. The Hurricanes may not be all the way back, but they’ve come a considerable distance in a short time… Read More »

Offense should be better, but …

The Gators seem convinced they are going to be better on offense in 2013. Better in the passing game. Better at making big plays down the field. Better at putting up big numbers against the lesser teams on the schedule (something they could not do last season in games that remained in doubt in the fourth quarter).   After listening to Jeff Driskel, Will Muschamp, Brent Pease and others this week, they seem pretty confident Saturday’s opener will reveal this… Read More »

Gators will be better at …

Like every late August, I’m getting a lot of questions from people asking me how I think the Gators will be this season. My reply has been very general: they’re going to be better than last season. Now, it’s time to be a little more specific about that. Here are three areas where I feel Florida is going to be significantly better in 2013: * The passing game — In the few practices I’ve attended, I’ve seen a different Jeff… Read More »

Riggs good fit at safety

One of the defensive standouts in Florida’s preseason camp so far has been junior safety Cody Riggs. That probably comes as a surprise to some. When it was announced before the spring that Riggs, a former starter at cornerback, was moving to safety, there were many skeptics wondering how a guy Riggs’ size (5-foot-9, 188 pounds) would be able to hold his own at safety, a position with a great deal of physical demands.   Well, as it turns out,… Read More »

Impressions from SEC Media Days

HOOVER, Ala. — Some final thoughts from SEC Media Days as we now race toward the start of the college football season: * To me, the most impressive of the league’s four new coaches was Kentucky’s Mark Stoops. He’s been waiting for a head coaching opportunity and he has a real plan to build a program that will make the Wildcats competitive again. I like that fact that Stoops, a defensive-minded coach, is going to go with an up-tempo offense.… Read More »