Gator offense won’t drastically change this week


Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 29, 2010 at 12:28 a.m.

On Saturday in Jacksonville, a lot of questions will be answered. Some of them can be answered already.

Is Florida’s offense going to change drastically from what we’ve been seeing so far this season?

Of course not.

Are there going to be a lot of inebriated people who will become ill at the sight of all that teal?

Of course.

When they pull back the tarps that cover the unused seats at Jaguars games, will they find Mack Brown? Possibly.

Two big questions we won’t be able to answer until the game is played.

1. Is that bus ride from Athens to Atlanta the real reason Georgia has struggled in Jacksonville for two decades?

2. Can Florida go oh-for October?

Now that the Bulldogs are flying directly from Athens courtesy of the city of Jacksonville, it could be the schematic edge they are looking for in this game. Think of all the time Mark Richt can spend studying Florida’s defense instead of giving the bus driver directions.

As far as the Gators go, your guess is as good as mine. The difference is that mine appears in the newspaper. And last week, I guessed eight right which gave The Picks a season-long record of 57-24, which I think was the score of Game 1 of the World Series.

Florida-Georgia (or Georgia-Florida for the alphabetically challenged): I had this dream and it was a doozy. In this dream, Chris Rainey scored the game-winning touchdown for Florida and Mark Richt’s pants caught on fire. And then I had a test in high school that I hadn’t studied for and then I was sitting in the press box at the old Gator Bowl next to Jimi Hendrix. I have to quit eating calamari before bed. Oh, the game? It’s a matter of belief. Do you believe more in Urban Meyer’s record over the last six seasons or Georgia’s over the past three weeks? Florida, 21-14.

Oregon at Southern Cal: I’m feeling it. I can see it happening again. A seismic shift in the college football landscape for the fourth week in a row? No, the collective laughter around the SEC when the Ducks go medieval on Lane Kiffin. Oregon, 48-21.

Missouri at Nebraska: Big games don’t define head coaches. How they handle big wins does. We’ll learn a lot about Gary Pinkel in this one. And about Mizzou. Nebraska, 35-28.

Michigan State at Iowa: Last week told me that the Spartans are playing with house money and are about to be broken. Iowa, 24-21.

Tennessee at South Carolina: It’s in there, Derek Dooley, on page 34 of the coaches’ handbook. Never use Nazi Germany in an analogy. Nothing good can come of it. South Carolina, 36-13.

Auburn at Ole Miss: I don’t care who you are, it’s funny Alabama fans have to root for Auburn to win out until the Iron Bowl. I mean, knee-slappin’ funny. Auburn, 48-24.

Kentucky at Mississippi State: Let me guess, Kentucky looks terrible early, falls way behind and rallies to make it a great finish. How many times can you see the same movie? Kentucky, 34-33.

Vanderbilt at Arkansas: Arky fans call the Hogs. Vandy fans call their attorneys. Arkansas, 45-12.

Baylor at Texas: One team is bowl eligible and leading its division. The other team is Texas. Go figure. Texas, 21-20.

Utah at Air Force: What better place to play when you’re under the radar? Utah, 31-24.

Contact Pat Dooley at 352-374-5053 or at dooleyp@gvillesun.com. You can listen to The Pat Dooley Show weekdays from 4-6 p.m. on 104.9 FM. And follow at Twitter.com/Pat_Dooley.

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