Andreu's Answers: Seminoles wear out Gators


Florida Gators running back Mack Brown (33) is tackled by Florida State Seminoles linebacker Telvin Smith (22) during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday Nov. 30 2013 in Gainesville, Fla. Florida State defeated Florida 37-7. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 4:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 4:56 p.m.

Before every game, veteran college football writer Robbie Andreu comes up with five pertinent questions and then answers them after the game. Here's Week 13:

1. The Seminoles are destroying their opposition by more than 42 points a game. Do the Gators have any hope of keeping it closer than that?

They clearly did after holding the Seminoles to only three points in the first quarter and 17 in the half. With Jameis Winston and Kelvin Benjamin lighting up the UF secondary in the second half, the Seminoles easily put the game away, but they could not wipe out a tough UF defense like they've done to other teams throughout the season. So, the Gators kept it fairly respectable and did not let the Seminoles win by their usual margin. But the 30-point margin seems like plenty if you're a Gator.

2. Is there any reason for the Seminoles to bring their punter to Gainesville?

When you can almost routinely convert a third-and-25 with one flick of Winston's wrist, there's no need to bring your punter. Who is the FSU punter, by the way? Oh, yeah, Cason Beatty. Well, he actually did get some work in the game Saturday, but very little. With the Seminoles flying up and down the field with their high-powered passing attack, Beatty had to punt only twice. Given what FSU has done on offense this season, that's a full workload for the guy.

3. The Gators are struggling to score and they're going against the best defense they've seen all season. Will UF be held to 10 points or less?

By the end of the first quarter, just about everybody in the stadium probably came to the realization that getting just one score, much less two, was going to be close to impossible for this stagnant offense. It didn't help that Trey Burton injured his shoulder in the first quarter and could not return. The plan was to play him at quarterback for about 35 plays, but that plan went out the window. The Gators did manage to get that first score early in the fourth quarter on a TD pass from Skyler Mornhinweg to Hunter Joyer, but the second never came and UF was held to seven points. Much to the surprise of no one.

4. Can the struggling Florida defense slow down the FSU run and make the Seminoles one-dimensional?

UF kind of did that in the first half. In retrospect, maybe that was the worst thing that could have happened. After being held to only three points in the first quarter, the Seminoles cranked up their passing game with Winston and Benjamin. The two put on an amazing aerial show and took over the game. With the way the Seminoles were hitting big play after big play in the passing game, they really didn't need a running game.

5. Will the Florida defensive front be able to put any pressure on quarterback Jameis Winston, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate?

The Gators got to Winston in the first half, sacking him twice and putting some nice heat on him. But the longer the defense was on the field (and it was a very long time), the slower the rush became, eventually disappearing altogether in the second half. All that early energy got some results, but it just didn't last over the course of a long day.

Contact Robbie Andreu at 352-374-5022 or andreur@gvillesun.com. Also check out Andreu's blog at Gatorsports.com.

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