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The SEC is Bad and We Played Horrible

That seems to be the sentiment this morning, Gator Nation!

Sure, we did not put 50 on UMass like we should have.  We looked pedestrian at times and the fact remains our Offensive Line is nowhere near where we need it.  Truthfully, at halftime of our game last night the best SEC team was…..Kentucky who was up 35-0 on Southern Miss…..then absolutely collapsed and Alabama was behind 3-0 to USC.  Georgia was the lone bright spot in an absolutely horrid weekend of play and, honestly, I didn’t think they played that well either.   Is this a down year in the SEC?  Are we going to struggle like last year?  Yes, no, maybe, let’s talk some football…

We have a kicker, so let’s start with that Eddy Pineiro was absolutely as billed.  Just came in with ice in his veins and knocked three 40+ yard field goals like they were a day at the park.  He also brings a ton of energy and enthusiasm which is not a bad thing to have on the team.  If I sound optimistic, I will point out that he technically kicked and made over half the sum total of our made field goals last season (we did remove one from the scoreboard on a penalty).  The conditions were atrocious as well, so the fact he made them is a plus.

Our O-Line is young and most of our offense last night was geared at getting them going and in the game.  I agreed with Coach Mac’s decision to take away the made FG and go for it on 4th and 1 in the red zone.  Either we have what it takes to move the ball or we don’t.  We didn’t last night and it was apparent all night long.  Luke Del Rio managed the game well at QB and didn’t make any gross errors.  He threw good passes, but never really stretched the field.  Had he connected on the opening pass for a TD the tone might have been considerably different.  The fact we went for an opening play like that in the pouring rain was actually impressive.  NOTE: the rain is neither a factor in our play nor an excuse.  A team still has to execute.  I think there is more to the game than the score as well.  Running plays over on the side of true freshman, Jawaan Taylor, is more likely a need to beef up the game experience of the entire line itself rather than a need to score more point.

Yes, we were only up by 3 at the end of the third quarter, but we had the game in control.  Our defensive line performed well…too aggressive at times because UMass doesn’t score were it not for 35 yards in penalties on the one scoring drive they had.  Our secondary was not the same without Teez Tabor and having Duke Dawson leave early did not help.  Our young DB’s were often confused on routes.  I would expect a big difference next week in this area, primarily because Tabor is the leader of that unit and having him around is a good thing.  Dawson went out with an arm injury.  Will have to wait and see the outcome on this.  As I explained in my Facebook post this week my two areas of concern for this team are the offensive line and the secondary.  Not where we need them to be at this point.

I’m going official with this next proclamation.  I’m done with the running back by committee.  Yes, it was the proper game to do it, but leave it at alone at this point.  Give the ball to Jordan Scarlett until he proves he can’t do the job.  Rest him on plays with the others, but let him carry the load.  Period.  (I know McElwain is absolutely on pins and needles now that I’ve said this!)

Mississippi State, Kentucky, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas and the Gators did not represent well this weekend.  Whatever.  Some were embarrassing losses, some were potentially embarrassing.  Regardless, next week is next week.  A team figure things out, game plans and moves on.  I admit I was a bit giddy watching UT and South Carolina struggle on Thursday night.  Then watching the rest of the SEC lay stink bombs one after the other heightened that giddiness.  That obviously went away when I watched us last night.  At one point, I believed we were going to be the bright spot in the SEC this weekend.  Turned out not to be true.  Regardless, what will we will do is develop our talent.  Get more game reps in and work on the experience of a young team.  We get some playmakers back this next game and make some progress in our ability to execute.  I’d rather have a lackluster effort this week and win than a poor showing next week and lose.  I think our O-Line is in for a brutal week of practice.  That can only be a good thing.

It’s one weekend.  The conference has had a great run for well over a decade.  Odds were going to be like this at some point.  Time to focus on the next game.  We have Kentucky next week and the possibility of extending the win streak to 30 games.  Kentucky had an implosion at home last night so they likely have a long week ahead of them as well.  You just gotta love college football, Gator Nation!

Go Gators!

 

 

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The Grounded Eagles

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Triple Option Saturday, Gator Nation!

The Georgia Southern Eagles are coming to town with an offense that rolls up over 300 yards on the ground per game. Our last time we played them we won 62-14, yet they were still running the triple option and put up 300 yards on the ground against Spurrier, Wueffel and Company. I’m thinking we will be far from 62 by the end of the game. Let’s talk some football…

To sum up…Georgia Southern runs the ball quite a bit. They do pass the ball for an average of 100 yards a game, so they can throw it, but they just don’t. We should beat them because of all things that are happening right now with Gator football, we still have a pretty solid defense. If we get an interception this game then you can expect a blow out, but I’m not seeing that happen. We still need to force some turnovers because ultimately we need a short field for our offense. If GeoSo sustains drives to mid-field and then punts and pins us near the 20-25 yard line, it will be a long day. We should win, but I would not expect 62 points. We’ve basically scored 24 or more points four times this year and never more than 21. So how we are 27.5 point favorites for this game is beyond my comprehension. Our offense just doesn’t operate that fast. We would need defensive Touchdowns, special teams Touchdowns and lastly…offensive Touchdowns. What will become frustrating by halftime is that GeoSo will probably run for well over 100 yards by then.

I thought we played well against South Carolina and, frankly, the Gamecocks had to be sweating bullets by the start of the 4th quarter after Auburn took care of business and all they had to do was win. I still can’t tell you much about Skyler Mornhinweg but he did an admirable job for a third string QB in his first start on the road against the Head Ball Coach. Kelvin Taylor was also very good (maybe he gets 150 yards today). We didn’t do a very good job of countering SoCar in the second half on offense, but let’s face it….we were in better shape than 99.9% thought we would be at that point. I would expect more of the same. Lots of running. An occasional pass. A special teams highlight. We win, they lose. The game will probably go quickly. Florida 24 Georgia Southern 9. Game time is 2pm EST, 11pm PST…that’s kind of weird to type after all these years. No Vern. No Gary. Sunshine Network or ESPN3 are your choices. If you live in Central Ohio, good luck finding a place to watch the game because the OSU-Indiana game will be on at the same time. You, however, should join your local Gator Club where a last home game Victory over the Georgia Southern Eagles is best served with Gators! ‘Nuff said.

Go Gators!

The “Kila” Watt Gator Rant

Eye of the Gator

Eye of the Gator (Photo credit: stockroomcontrol)

My friend, fellow Naval Officer and NROTC classmate at UF, Wayne “Kila” Watts, went on an epic rant last weekend on Facebook. While it follows none of the rules I usually employ in my posts, it was worth re-printing and adding some of my own thoughts. It probably is more representative of the feelings of the Gator Nation right now than anything I can come up with and is definitely entertaining. Note: I did edit to ensure it was family friendly. So without any adieu at all….let “Kila” talk some football…

Kila’s college football update….if you’re interested.

Well, well, well…….

Gator predictions so far all coming true and they suck even worse than I thought, if that’s possible. Thanks coach Muschamp! You suck! 153 total yards on offense yesterday. The Gator Nation is going to suffer miserably for years now until UF eventually fires him (will happen), hires the right coach, then another few years to actually recruit players we are used to having (where’s our QB and receivers???), and the coach utilizing them in a better offensive scheme, with discipline and good play calling.

Every year, at least 1 or 2 teams gets (expletive deleted) in the BCS, the biggest joke in all of sports. And this year will be no exception, but even worse. I predict at least 4 teams will be undefeated, possibly 5 but the 5th one would be poor Fresno State, who under those circumstances could only hope to get into a BCS bowl game. Pretty sure at this point that Alabama, Oregon and FSU will be undefeated, with OSU and/or either Texas Tech or Baylor (Baylor? LOL!) in the mix. I don’t think those 2 Big 12 teams can remain undefeated, but with a little luck, they might. That leaves OSU as the 4th undefeated…..assuming they can win against Michigan, their only test that remains. And honestly, while I predicted Oregon and OSU in the national championship game, I really hope I’m wrong about OSU and I hope they lose to Michigan. I hate them LOL!

And at this point, even if OSU wins out, I still may be wrong…..here’s why. I predicted OSU, foreseeing how the season would go, because of the human voters which is 1/3 of the BCS rankings. Strength of schedule aside, sympathy would reign supreme for poor OSU who was undefeated last year but ineligible to play in the BCS for NCAA violations and will have been undefeated 2 years in a row, even though Alabama and FSU are better teams and have much tougher schedules. And the SEC has won the last SEVEN national championships (so don’t give them another opportunity!). But the computer rankings might just prevail after seeing what FSU did to Clemson yesterday.

Oregon is the best team in the country. Alabama and FSU are tied for second in my opinion. With OSU, Missouri, Baylor, Texas Tech rounding out a DISTANT 4th-7th. Yeah, Miami is undefeated but overrated and will lose to FSU later.

No matter who wins the SEC championship game (will be Alabama vs Missouri and Alabama will win), the voters, with 3 other undefeated teams will not allow them the chance to play for the national championship. If OSU loses to Michigan, then FSU will play Oregon. If OSU wins against Michigan, could be either OSU or FSU but FSU will deserve it over OSU due to strength of schedule. Will the voters care? LOL!

And no matter what, schools, players and supporting alumni, who played great, went undefeated for the year and EARNED the right to have a chance to win a national championship will not be given that opportunity. Again. Totally (expletive deleted) sucks and isn’t fair at all. The BCS ruins the sport that I love.

Kudos to Jimbo Fisher who has turned the FSU program around and back into a national championship caliber team. They have the ability to give Oregon a run for their money if they just stay focused and keep playing hard. I bet they can’t WAIT to play Florida this year hahahahahaha!

Oh, and did I mention the Gators SUCK this year? LOL!

Cheers, Kila

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Ok, first things first, OSU won’t lose to Michigan. Michigan isn’t that good and OSU doesn’t have any competition the rest of the way. Urban Meyer is getting exactly what he wants….winning seasons without much effort. That’s why he left the SEC because he isn’t coaching against, Spurrier, Saban, Miles, etc. Actually, OSU’s toughest game for the rest of the season looks to be Indiana. Go figure.

Muschamp isn’t getting fired this year. He went 11-2 last season and can get away with explaining this season due to all the injuries. It would probably help if he took a deep look at what he could do to prevent all the injuries, but that doesn’t seem likely.

Next season, though, if it continues a trend like this season, forget it. He’s gone.

He’s right. No top tier QB or Receivers. When has that happened for such a long stretch in Florida (recent) history? Note: From the Spurrier era until now.

Yes, BCS is flawed, but somehow works out each year.  This year will be interesting.

Oregon still has UCLA, Stanford, Utah, and Oregon State of which three of them are ranked right now. If Oregon goes undefeated through this gauntlet then they will definitely be battle-tested and ready for the BCS Championship game. Make no mistake, either, the Pac-12 might not be tougher than the SEC, but they are closer than anyone else and probably have two of the better defenses in the nation in Stanford and UCLA.

I’ll address FSU later in the year, but yeah, have to admit they are real good. I’m not totally sold on their defense even with last week’s domination of Clemson.

I’m going to address the Gators offensive woes in this weekend’s post, but in short, we should be far, far better than this.

So….final thoughts? Is this how you feel this season? What were your expectations for the season? What would you do if you were Muschamp? The Gator Nation wants to know.

Special thanks to “Kila” Watts for his rant and allowing me to re-print. Always interested in your feedback. ‘Nuff said???

Go Gators!