Category Archives: Florida Gators
What We Learned:
We found out a couple of things on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. First, Alabama is improving week to week and if that continues they will be scary good. Second, Florida is no where close to their 2011 form and they should really be worried. Can anyone in the SEC East play consistent football this season, or will the West dominate all the way to the dome?
We Dem Boyz
Alabama did not play great football on Saturday. They had 4 turnovers and a hand full of penalties, but even with the negatives they were able to go on to a pretty dominant victory. Blake Sims threw for over 400 yards and had 4 touchdowns along with it. Amari Cooper embarrassed the best DB in the SEC (Vernon Hargraves) for 10 catches 201 yards and 3 scores. Lane Kiffin’s offense racked up 645 yards of offense (most ever allowed in Florida history) and without the turnovers putting the defense in a bad position this game would not have even been close for a quarter.
- Blake Sims: 23/33 445 yards 4 touchdowns
- Amari Cooper: 10 catches 201 yards 3 touchdowns
- Henry/Yeldon: 179 yards 1 touchdown
- Defense: 200 total yards given up
Not Dem Boyz
Florida could not get anything going without the help from 4 turnovers from the Alabama offense. All three of their touchdowns came from an average starting position of the Alabama 33 yard line. If you cannot score when you start there, you do not deserve to have a team. Florida looked lost on defense, Driskel could not get the passing or rushing game going, and the wide receivers were dropping balls left and right. I thought Jeff Driskel was supposed to be “incredibly improved under Kurt Roper”. I saw the same ol’ Jeff, slinging the ball without a care in the world.
- Jeff Driskel: 9/28 93 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, 59 rush yards 1 touchdown
- Matt Jones: 18 rushes 59 yards
- Defense: Gave up 645 total yards (Just pathetic)
There is no good news for the Florida team that looked just as pathetic as last season’s team, but hopefully they can bounce back and take pride in the fact they can still win the SEC East. Alabama has been improving week to week, and the defense is coming around and finally causing turnovers. They head to Ole Miss after the bye week, and Blake Sims is looking like the guy. A huge step for a young Alabama team, and as much as you all hate Kiffin, the man can coach a dang offense. Swallow your pride and give the man some credit.
Georgia Is The Better Team
Florida is not a better team than UGA. South Carolina was not a better team than UGA, but they won because their season was on the line and had desperation to do so. Georgia has an extremely talented team, coaching staff, and a favorable schedule, but I just do not see them having to play with the fire that comes with desperation. 2007 after the Dawgs go embarrassed in Knoxville, they went on and won every single game after that because they were desperate.
Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner
Will Muschamp would lose his job if he loses to UGA for a 4th time in a row. I see Florida playing their best game of the entire season against the Dawgs. I see Jeff Driskel running for 85 yards and throwing for 185 and a couple touchdowns. I hate that I am seeing Florida win this year, but I just do not like the Gators being backed into a corner. The game is always close no matter who has the better team, it typically comes down to who can commit the least amount of unsportsmanlike penalties. Advantage: Whoever does not retaliate
Doors Will Open
The only way I see UGA winning this game is if South Carolina loses to someone before the Florida game. I think that would give UGA an edge and have something to play for other than just hopes and dreams. With a South Carolina loss UGA would have to win out to win the East, and I can see South Carolina losing at least two more games this year, putting the ball back in Georgia’s court.
We Didn’t Start The Fire
Each and every season I feel like we talk about “who needs to lose so UGA can go to Atlanta”, and that is not what you want to be talking about in September. Georgia has elite talent at every position. A Heisman candidate in the backfield, and a more than favorable schedule the rest of the way. Georgia needs to find a way to light a fire the rest of the season, or the Gators will sneak up and ruin the cocktail party, and SEC title hopes.
Trent Thompson – ☆☆☆☆☆
Westover (Albany, GA) DT
Terry Godwin – ☆☆☆☆☆
Callaway (Hogansville, GA) ATH
Jonathan Ledbetter – ☆☆☆☆
Tucker (Tucker, GA) SDE
Natrez Patrick – ☆☆☆☆
Mays (Atlanta, GA) WDE
Chauncey Rivers – ☆☆☆☆
Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) WDE
Van Jefferson – ☆☆☆☆
Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN) WR
Jackson Harris – ☆☆☆☆
Columbia Central (Columbia, TN) TE
Jayson Stanley – ☆☆☆☆
Creekside (Fairburn, GA) WR
Michael Chigbu – ☆☆☆☆
Holy Cross (New Orleans, LA) WR
Patrick Allen – ☆☆☆☆
Franklin (Reisterstown, MD) OT
Christian Owens – ☆☆☆☆
Griffin (Griffin, GA) WR
Gary McCrae – ☆☆☆
Randolph Clay (Coolidge, GA) OLB
DeVondre Seymour – ☆☆☆
Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS) OT
Deontai Williams – ☆☆☆
Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) S
Sage Hardin – ☆☆☆
Marist School (Atlanta, GA) OT
Shaquery Wilson – ☆☆☆
Coral Gables Senior (Miami, FL) ATH
Juwan Taylor – ☆☆☆
Hallandale (Hallandale, FL) ILB
Justin Young – ☆☆☆
Grayson (Loganville, GA) DT
Deandre Baker – ☆☆☆
Northwestern (Miami, FL) CB
Chris Carson – ☆☆☆
Butler C.C. (El Dorado, KS) RB
Quincy Vasser – ☆☆☆
Navarro College (Corsicana, TX)
Tarvarus McFadden – ☆☆☆☆☆
American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL) CB
Roquan Smith – ☆☆☆☆
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
Rashad Roundtree – ☆☆☆☆
Lakeside (Evans, GA) S
Donte Jackson – ☆☆☆☆
Riverdale (New Orleans, LA) ATH
Darius Slayton – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) WR
Micah Abernathy – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) CB
Emanuel McGirt – ☆☆☆☆
Hillside (Durham, NC) OT
D’Andre Walker – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) WDE
***Walker loved his visit to Athens and has been very high on the Dawgs ever since. This will be a Georgia/Auburn battle, but I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t end up going with the Red & Black.
Good Shot At:
Will Not Get, But Close:
Chuma Edoga – ☆☆☆☆☆
McEachern (Powder Springs, GA) OT
***I really thought Chuma had a good chance of flipping his commitment from USC, but yesterday he signed his financial aid agreement with the Trojans. Now, this is non-binding, and he still could flip, but I’m gonna say that he holds solid with the commitment.
Antonio Callaway – ☆☆☆
Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL) OT
***This is an iffy one for me. He named Georgia in his top 3 along with Florida and LSU, but with so many wide receivers already committed to the Dawgs, I think he’ll choose to go elsewhere.
**Rankings from 247 Sports Composite
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For obvious reasons, this week’s viewing guide is a melancholy one. As I write this introduction, I honestly have no clue what time Georgia plays Troy. I’ll just assume they kick off at noon a la every non-power 5 game in Sanford Stadium, and hope for the best, but there is finally some compelling conference play spreading around college football this week.
Thursday- The JUCO Bowl
1. #5 Auburn at #20 Kansas State, 7:30, ESPN: Bill Snyder, for years, has been the guy who turns JUCO players’ lives around, creates a winning culture and positive juju everywhere, and is all-around awesome. Auburn, no matter who the coach, wins with people that are difficult to like. ADVANTAGE K-STATE GO MANHATTAN GO WILDCATS.
Seriously. How many times is Connecticut or some other irrelevant northeasternly team going to play on Friday night? Is it because the high schools up there produce zero talent? (Yes.) South Florida is their opponent.
is south florida supposed to be a penis or an upside down middle finger please help i want to get it right pic.twitter.com/UB0mPMjr9F
— Lana Berry (@Lana) September 13, 2014
Noon- Best of the year, still like a 3.5/10
1. Only for purposes of this blog and getting to see some depth, Troy at #13 Georgia. SEC Network. Get Todd his 100 and 2 TD’s and get him out.
2. Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech, ESPN: This is, almost without fail, a close game between two excruciating offenses and stubborn defenses, with two ugly coaches and ugly fanbases to boot. Having said that, this game almost always decides the ACC Coastal, to which I say:
3. … Iowa at Pitt (ESPNU)? Bowling Green at #18 Wisconsin (ESPN2)…? Luckily, they’re both on your cable package between the two watchable games. Unfortunately? Well, <see .GIF above>
1. Florida at #2 Alabama, CBS: Jinxin’ Uncle Verne (I’m sorry, Marshall Morgan) and Gary go to Tuscaloosa and talk about an ‘are they back?’ Florida team who needed 3 OT’s to beat Kentucky at home. An early Blake Sims turnover causes Verne gastrointestinal issues. Hilarity ensues. Must-watch.
2. Virginia at #21 BYU, ESPN: BYU beat Texas, who lost to UCLA, who beat Virginia. Virginia competed against said UCLA team whom Texas kept close and BYU blew out. Virginia also beat a game Louisville team, and….whew. Too much transitive similarity for week 4.
3. #25 North Carolina at East Carolina, ESPNU: Gulp.
ECU is about to beat ranked ACC teams twice in the next 8 days.
— Chad Floyd (@Chad_Floyd) September 13, 2014
4. #6 Texas A&M at SMU: June Jones got out JUST in time. GREAT HUSTLE, JUNE! Way to get ahead for the Florida job! A&M may outgain the Mustangs by 800 yards, so if you’re into snuff films…
MORBID CURIOUSITY PICKS: Almost-SEC-birdfeed-killer UMass takes their hijinks on the road to Happy Valley at 4, while Mizzou continues to make me think it’s in the B1G with a home date with Indiana.
Saturday, in the park, it definitely isn’t 4th of July
1. #22 Clemson at #1 Florida State, 8pm, ABC: God, I can see it now: “WE BEAT CLEMSON AND THEY BEAT THE CHAMPS SO SCREW THAT LOSS TO SOUTH CAROLINA!” Twitter Chad is viciously attacking the first tweet of that ilk if this happens.
2. Mississippi State at #8 LSU, 7pm, ESPN: I get a funny feeling about this one. I know Dan Mullen never beats anyone worth writing about, but maybe a September matchup in Death Valley against a young LSU team is the perfect time to get them… Either way, this officially starts ‘SEC West beats itself right out of the playoff and everyone goes bananas’ season.
3. #4 Oklahoma at West Virginia, 7:30, FOX: Boomer Sooner COULD be on upset alert here against a WVU team who seems to be back to coherence like a hungover Dana Holgerson’s fourth cup of coffee.
4. Miami at #24 Nebraska, 8, the de’U’ce: NEBRASKA IS STILL RANKED?!?! Even though it took the miracle below to beat McNeese State? Ugh, B1G.
5. #14 South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 7, SECNetwork: Tonight, we are all Commodores. Insert terrible ‘brick house’ joke here.
ENJOY THE GAMES, FOLKS!
Lots of movement in Week 3. A perfect week of picks sent Ashley to the top of the leaderboard while a rough showing for Daniel sent him tumbling. As you’ll see, we continue to anticipate Florida playing Idaho each and every week and we continue to expect Florida to win that matchup. Here are the current standings as well as the picks for Week 4:
- Ashley: 31
- Johnny: 31
- Chad: 30
- Andrew: 29
- Daniel: 29
- Jason: 27
- Alex: 26