Dooley at the half: UF leads FSU

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley analyzes the first half of the Florida-FSU game: If Florida’s red zone offense had been any good, the Gators would have been threatening to turn the game into a rout by halftime. Florida came...

Biggest game of the season

As Dan Mullen walked off the field on Senior Day with his daughter Breelyn in his left arm, the Florida coach stopped to take congratulations from Florida president Kent Fuchs and his wife Linda. “Big one next week,” Mullen said. And...

The Picks: Tasty matchups on holiday weekend

Anybody hungry? Today will be all about the stuffing or dressing or whatever you call it in your house. I’m making it in mine so there is nobody to blame but myself. It has to be moist with a little...

The Back Nine: Mullen had a winning plan vs. FSU

The Back Nine comes at you after a wild weekend and the final home game in what has been an interesting season of Gator football. 10. The trip Saturday to Tallahassee for Florida’s football team hopefully will be a nice...

The Sunday Blog: Turkey Week

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a Saturday that could not have been much better for a lot of different reasons. * It was a bit of an irrelevant stat but in the press box we were noticing. Maybe...

Silky smooth Saturday for seniors, UF’s future

To truly understand the emotions that go into a Senior Day in The Swamp, there is no better place to be than under the goalposts watching the players as they leave the field they defended for the last time. There...

Dooley at the Half: UF routing Idaho

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley analyzes the first half of the Florida-Idaho game. Well, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson appealed for the fans to come out and send the seniors off the right way. It wasn’t a great crowd but for a...

Dooley: 10 reasons to attend today’s game

To refer to a game like today’s against Idaho as a necessary evil is not 100-percent accurate. Yes, it serves a purpose financially for the University Athletic Association and certainly beats playing Idaho on the road (the low on...

The Picks: Big game among cupcakes

Who says there aren’t any big games Saturday? There is a huge one — in Nashville of all places. It’s at 7:30 p.m. and I think it’s being televised on Nickelodeon. (Actually, the SEC Network and, yes, that is a...

The Back Nine: Thoughts on Gators’ missing defense

The Back Nine comes at you after another great weekend of sleeping in my own bed and watching so much football because I know the end of the season is coming soon. By the way, Happy Birthday to Robbie...

The Sunday Blog, Week 11: Gators pound the rock

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a terrific night of eating junk food (Cubans, wings, Buffalo chicken dip) and watching a ton of football. I love noon games. So if you had told me that Florida was going...

Emotional Franks’ play silences some of his detractors

This is why you go to the games. This is why you stay when it looks bad. This is why you are a fan. Games like this one. Where a young man is turned into a villain and responds by becoming a hero. Where...

Dooley At The Half: Gamecocks with momentum

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley takes a look at the first half of the Florida-South Carolina game: 1. It is amazing how Florida’s defense has regressed so badly in the last three games. South Carolina came out in the hurry-up...

Imagine that, Muschamp brings in better offense

Like all opposing head coaches who enter the field at the start of the game, the one from South Carolina will be booed today. Heck, the guy they named this field after was even booed when he came out...

The Picks: An opponent in making predictions

Apparently, some people did not like my choice of Georgia over Notre Dame in my Associated Press poll this week. Most of them left out curse words, there were no threats of physical attacks and only one was written...

Decreased stadium capacity coming

When last week’s Florida football game started at The Swamp, you wondered if the Gators had accidentally scheduled a spring game instead of Missouri. The east side of the stadium had so many empty seats it looked like a Thursday...

The Back Nine: Franks still most ready at QB

The Back Nine comes at you after the first weekend that required a second layer. I think that was our winter. Spring will start tomorrow. 10. Dan Mullen wouldn’t say who will start at quarterback Saturday, but here’s what I...

The Sunday Blog, Week 10: Franks on the run

The Sunday Blog comes at you on a drizzly morning as we’re still trying to understand everything that happened Saturday: I am not here to defend Feleipe Franks and I still believe that the coaches know better than the...

UF defense has taken step down from elite level

When Kyle Trask finally entered the game Saturday, the cheers started slowly and built. They were more cheers of relief than enthusiasm, fans tired of errant throws, poor decisions and ready for something, anything, else. The problem was that Dan...

Dooley at the Half, Missouri leads

Gainesville Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley analyzes the first half of the Florida-Missouri game: It’s important to put the first half played by the defense in context and still remember that every game is its own game. But Missouri...