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  • #41207

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    It was a great game by the Gators, following on the heels of a great game by the football team. Perhaps the first help to inspire the second. I have a feeling that Butler did not play up to their potential, but the Gators were excellent on both ends of the court. I hope it is a sign that they have turned a corner.

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  • #41016

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    We need to remember that this was the first stage of a two-part recruiting process. It was obviously the most important since it involved signing 20 players, but the rest of the process is also very important. If Steele commits to the Gators, which many experts think he will (or perhaps already has but wants to announce it early in January), that will move the ranking close to the top ten. Much more important than the ranking, however, is how the incoming players perform over the next 2-4 years. I am sure that the rating services, which rank the players, are a generally reliable guide, but they are far from perfect. It is a mistake, then, to get too attached to what they say about the ability of players, especially those who have been largely under the radar (such as Weston). My advice is to chill and let the process unfold before making any definitive judgments.

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  • #40509

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    The Gators should win if they play their A game. Anything less is not likely to go well. They will be motivated, without a doubt, but they need to keep their emotions under control and channel them into sharp execution of the game plan.

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  • #40310

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    The way people are simply dismissing Idaho makes me a little nervous. The Gators should win with ease, but this might not happen if they come into the game thinking all they need to do is show up. I wonder whether Mullen is giving the younger players some hope of playing in order to keep some excitement and intensity going among the players. In any case, the Gators will hopefully pay enough attention to this opponent to win handily. This is what I expect, but with the noted caveat.

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  • #40085

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    Apart from Alabama, it does appear that the two divisions are roughly equal. If you include Alabama, the West still dominates at the top.

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  • #39992

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    The third-down defense was definitely weak against the Tigers. But so was pretty much every other aspect of the defense. Mizzou was tougher and more physical than the Gators in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

    This has not always been the case, however. The Gators put together three games where they allowed third-down conversions just under 22% of the time, according to a stat I saw in an article by Abolverdi. This put them at 50th in the country for that stat — not great but not terrible either. And the offensive line created some holes against both LSU and UGA. I can only conclude that the Gators were indeed flat for the Mizzou game, which is not surprising given the probable hangover from the prior game.

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  • #36248

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    Franks did not play well in this game, but he is not the only reason that the Gators lost. It appeared to me that he let that first pass, a bad overthrow to a wide-open receiver, get into his head. He started pulling the string on his throws, which is the reason he threw the interception. He threw better in the second half, including a pretty touchdown pass to Swain — probably due to some good half-time coaching. His fumble was due to a lack of protecting the ball as he went down, but you have to give the Georgia player some credit for reaching in and pulling it out. In short, he contributed to the loss but also helped the Gators take the lead at the beginning of the third quarter (so not all bad).

    But how can you ignore Scarlett’s fumble, which killed the Gators’ first drive and gave Georgia a lot of momentum? Or why shouldn’t we recognize that the problems with the secondary and the lack of a consistent pass rush also made big contributions to the loss? The team really missed Henderson badly (injured due to “friendly fire”).

    The team wins, and the team loses. It’s too easy to pin the loss on the QB. It’s also not very perceptive or fair.

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  • #35886

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    I agree that the Gators are probably the better team, primarily because of the difference in their defenses. I am unimpressed with UCF’s defense, and the Gators have one of the best in the country. Maybe the Knights are better than we think, but they would need to play a more difficult schedule for anyone to know. I have no doubt that the Gators would be undefeated this year if they played UCF’s schedule, so their record does not provide a reason to think that they belong in the top five.

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  • #35870

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    LSU showed that Georgia is beatable. They will still be the hardest out for the Gators yet, though, and will undoubtedly (and rightly) be favored to win. I had this pegged as a sure loss when the season began, but no longer. The Gators have a chance, and hopefully they will prevail. But I cannot say that I expect them to win.

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  • #35824

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    We won’t know how locked in the Gators will be until the game begins. My suspicion is that they will continue to be focused and physical since Mullen seems to know how to motivate them. If so, I expect the Gators to win by two to three touchdowns, perhaps more. Otherwise, it could be a close game with Vandy potentially pulling off an upset.

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  • #35703

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    The Gators would have had an excellent chance to take LSU into overtime last year if they had not missed a PAT, and there is no question the Gators are a better team this year. How much better are the Tigers than last year? Their record suggests they are significantly better, but I’m not fully convinced yet. Burrow has made a difference, but his numbers (apart from zero interceptions) are not that impressive overall. The Gators will have to play their most physical game so far this year, but I like their chances if they manage to do so.

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  • #41014

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    This response was intended for alohakid. I actually agree with the post under which it is placed.

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  • #41013

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    It would be a good idea to check to make sure that what is falling on your head are really pieces of sky, Mr. Little.

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  • #36436

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    If it were correct, it would be fair, so I was also disagreeing with the analysis (i.e., that Franks was the sole reason for the loss, which is the apparent meaning of UGA beats Franks). It’s not fair in the sense that it leaves aside the many other factors contributing to the loss. I also acknowledged that Franks played poorly, at least for the most part, which implies that a QB who had played better would have improved UF’s chances. It is hard to know whether better QB play would have resulted in a win, however. That would have changed the dynamics of the game in unpredictable ways. There is a pretty strong consensus that UGA has the better players overall, at this point in time, so maybe their adjustments to more UF offensive success could have still led to a victory for the Bulldogs. We will never know. What we do know is that many different things, only some of them on Franks, contributed to the loss. In fact, my guess is that without better pass defense, the Gators would still lose.

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  • #35887

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    If the Gators win, they still need for UK to lose if they are going to be Eastern Conference champs. That is likely, since they will be playing Georgia, but not a given.

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