The rebuild will take longer than we thought

There was that moment, that flash in your brain when you thought it could happen again. Sure, Kentucky had been the dominant team on both lines of scrimmage. But we’d seen it happen so many times, why not one more...

Big hand tonight for author of historic Florida win

It took a while. Terry Dean needed some time away before he could come back. “It was about eight years,” he said. “But I’ve always been too big a Gator fan.” So he came back to Gainesville for a game, back...

The Picks: Will do better with these games

We are one week into the college football season and there is already plenty of collateral damage. And that’s just with the announcers. Mark Jones of ESPN was banned from doing Washington games because he tweeted out a burn on the...
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The Streak has become a living thing

Hello, my name is The Streak and I have a problem. I’m a win-aholic. I’ve tried to stop, I swear. It’s been almost a year since it last happened. But I can feel the urge coming on again. All of us in this...

The Back Nine: Signs of a special unit at UF

The Back Nine comes at you after a ton of real football and even though it was less than drama-filled we now have plenty of stuff to over-analyze and, boy, does my AP poll look a lot different from...

Sunday Blog is Back: Review of Saturday’s action in college football

The Sunday Blog returns and I know you’re happy not because it’s back, but because football is back. I get that Florida wanted to play a lot of guys once it went up 38-0 at the half and I...

A result needed to build a season

It was eight years ago when an ecstatic Scott Stricklin presented a game ball to Dan Mullen in the visitors’ locker room at The Swamp. “There’s a picture of it somewhere,” said the Florida athletic director, “but I can’t find...

Is this beginning of a beautiful era of Florida football?

It hasn’t been forever. Really, it hasn’t. It just feels like it. It has been a long time since a Florida football team has taken the field to play a real football game. It has been 280 days since the last game...

The Picks: Experts born in Week 1

Now that starting quarterbacks have all been named (well, not all of them) and depth charts are finalized (there are a lot guys named OR) and we have had yet another tongue-in-cheek lecture from Nick Saban (a tradition like...

These college football rules have always applied

As the anticipation builds toward the zero hour for the debut of this Florida football team, it’s important that orange and blue fans understand some rule changes in college football. Actually, they aren’t rule changes. But after watching Florida football...

The Back Nine: Proving time for Gators’ starting QB

The Back Nine comes at you and it’s Game Week which already feels different. The food tastes better, the drinks are colder and the clubs go into storage. Time to focus. 10. If you had stopped just about any Gator...

Another chance to achieve for Gators

Motivation comes in many forms and it doesn’t always work. You can have players’ only meetings and get drubbed in the next game. You can have a coach give a rousing pep talk and come back to the locker...
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Dooley Noted: A chat with Chris Doering ahead of football season

Pat looks at quarterback issues, the Florida offense and more and interviews Gator great and SEC Network analyst Chris Doering.

The Back Nine: UF QBs impress at scrimmage

The Back Nine comes at you after one last visit to St. Augustine to see my dad before the start of football season. Be sure to wish him a Happy 91st next Thursday. 10. It was hardly surprising UF coach...
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Breaking down my Preseason Top 25 ballot

Is it officially the end of talking season today? After all, it is game week for teams like UMass, Colorado State, Rice and New Mexico State. And whether you think it matters or not, The Associated Press poll comes out...

Twitter poll provides some UF fan insight

Twitter can be evil. It comes without a conscience or a breathalyzer. It can be anonymous, wicked and without compassion. But I still am a big Twitter guy. It’s entertaining and it’s where a lot of stories are broken and...

Scarlett in shape for better future at Florida

Jordan Scarlett stood in the corner of an interview room in the southwest corner of the stadium, a stadium he missed and that missed him. He wore his UF-issued blue Jumpman golf shirt and, while the cameras and tape...

The Back Nine: Are Gators hungry enough?

The Back Nine comes at you after a lot of driving, a lot of watching golf and a lot closer to the start of football season. It’s coming and hell’s coming with it. 10. Which is, of course, a line...

It’s approaching ‘show us’ time for this UF unit

There are narratives and then there is reality. The narrative is that Florida’s offensive line will be better this year. The narrative is that the Gators have experience. The narrative is that these guys are in the best shape of their lives. The...

The Back Nine: Meyer’s judgment clouded by loyalty

The Back Nine comes at you with the knowledge that we are inside three weeks before the first actual college football games are played, which should make you smile. 10. Like many of you, I keep digesting the news coming...