Brissett gets his shot

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There is one thing you can say about this Florida team. It is predictable. In fact, you pretty much know what’s going to happen every week. The offense is going to come out in the first half and look like it’s never going to score. The defense and special teams are going to be strong and keep the Gators in the game. Then, somehow, in the second half the offense comes up with just enough plays for the Gators to win yet again.

It’s not always pretty, but it’s hard to argue with the results. The Gators a 9-1 and ranked No. 7 in the country and sixth in the BCS Standings.

I thought that predictable mold would be shattered last week against what had been a pretty lousy Louisiana-Lafayette defense. I thought the Gators would break out of their offensive funk and treat themselves and their fans to a nice, relaxing romp in The Swamp. But, of course, it didn’t happen.

This week it’s going to happen. And not just because the Gators are facing a defense that is even more porous than Louisiana’s. I just have a feeling Jacoby Brissett starting at quarterback in place of the injured Jeff Driskel is going to provide the kind of spark the offense has so desperately needed.

Brissett is not the runner Driskel is, so you can put away those designed quarterback runs this week. What Brissett does do well is see the entire field and make quick reads in the passing game. I just have a feeling that with Brissett under center, Brent Pease is going to expand the downfield passing game and the Gators are going to have success throwing the ball. That, in turn, is going to create some opportunities in the running game with tailback Mike Gillislee, who has been running into eight-man defensive fronts week after week.

So, I’m predicting a spark from Brissett and a relaxing, feel-good game for the Gators. And it comes at the perfect time — the week before Florida has to go to Tallahassee (I have some positive early vibes about that game, too, but more on  that next week).

Prediction: Florida 41, Jacksonville State 10

27 COMMENTS

  1. SEC title #24 still on the way still.
    Undefeated seasons: Alabama 13 – Florida 1 (in 1911 LOL)
    Ten win seasons: Alabama 32 – Florida 12
    Head to Head: Alabama 23- Florida 14
    SEC Championships: Alabama 23 – Florida 8
    “I don’t always drink tears, but when I do, I prefer Tim Tebow tears”

  2. Oh yeah, Roll Tide coming in with some bigtime info! I know all the Roll Tide fans out there are proud of you! I am curious though how you were able to get your comment in at 8:29!? I thought the library in TTown closed at 8! You know Roll Tide, you are correct, you guys do have bunch of titles! That is awesome, but other than 1992, 2009, and 2011 you would have to be like 89 years old to have enjoyed the other ones! Well I’m gonna let you go Roll Tide, I know your mom has got your bath water running and your army men set up for you! Have a great night, and RTR baby!!!

  3. Uh, I do not see how the Gators can “expand the downfield passing game” simply by having Brissett as the QB. Don’t we still have mediocre, at best, wide receivers? Talk about no ball skills and hard hands, sheesh. Also, our vaunted tight ends Reed and C. Burton and T. Burton have not had break out years either. So, I look for more of the same, ho-hum play by the O-line, running backs doing the best they can, and receivers not getting out of their breaks, not adjusting to the ball, and still having bad hands. Thank heavens for our D and special teams! But, we will win the game. When do the new recruits get here?
    Note to Roll Tide: Gig ’em!
    Go Gators, beat the Game cocks!

  4. Roll Tide has a lot of gall to come here bragging after his team couldn’t defeat a team at home that we defeated on the road. UF is 7-1 in the SEC just like Bama is this year and just like Bama was last year. Except our loss wasn’t at home like both of bama’s were.
    The sad thing is I’ll be rooting for bama to win the SEC title game, even though Roll Tide makes me not want to.
    UF hasn’t give up more than 20 points all year. Bama gave up that much just in the 1st quarter alone to the aggies.
    UF is the only team in the nation to defeat 3 top ten BCS teams. Three times as many as bama has beaten.

    UF: Most SEC championship game wins all time. Bama: most SEC championship losses all time.

  5. When was Bama’s last losing season??? When was the last time UF had a losing season??? LOLOL UF has remained a consistent winning football program while Bama has not. Don’t get me started about Basketball either. Go Gators!!

  6. Take it easy guys! Sure Roll Tide is both ignorant and obnoxious, but didn’t your mom teach you not to pick on girls? Roll Tide is just some ditzy, empty headed ‘Bama sorority girl, it is not really her fault.
    Go Gators!

  7. The Tide cheated until modern times because there was no deterrent to paying enough players that your third string was top 10 talent. That is why the movie Forest Gump had Forest Gump attend Alabama. Simple, just like roll troll on here.

  8. I wonder if Roll Tide realizes that the only reason Bama will be in the SEC title game, is UF. If it wasn’t for UF defeating Texas A&M, something bama couldn’t do, it would be Texas A&M in the SEC title game and not bama. So Roll Tide needs to thank UF and be glad the gators don’t suck.

  9. GI Gator…”Roll Tide – well, there won’t be a NC this year, even though, Tide fans thought they had this one in the bag!, Nough said! WA HA HA HA HA!”

    LOL…not done yet.

    And I’ll take McCarron’s victory tears over Tebow’s losing tears any day.

    Florida wouldn’t score on a Chinese Prostitute…

    Bama vs ND or Florida/FSU winner? Hopefully Florida and their weak ass offense.

  10. Roll Tide, you make GOOD ‘Bama fans’ look like morons! Quite sad! As I know some real sincere, and pleasant Tide folks, and you are not one of them! GATORS WIN 2 N.C.s in Football and Basketball in the SAME YEAR (2006); do that and call us then! Otherwise, bow out as gracefully as a moron can!

  11. Gators march on to the national Championshiop game!
    The Gators are 10-1 now and 4th in the BCS Standings!
    Here’s how they get to the big dance:
    The Irish lose to SC and drop out of the hunt.
    Bama beats Ga.in the SEC Champiomship game. Ga drops out.
    Gators beat #10 ranked FSU 27-21.
    Gators move up from #4 to #2.
    On strength of schedule (#1 in US) Gators play Bama in the BCS Championship game.
    Gators beat Bama on D: 21-17

  12. UF will most likely lose to fsu on the road because of the horrible offensive gameplanning we’ve seen. But lucky for Bama that UF had enough offense to beat A&M! Otherwise no SEC title game for the tide! UF has the most impressive resume of any team in the nation this year with three top ten victories. UF also has the most impressive loss of any team with 1 loss. UF beat the teams that beat Bama and Georgia. FSU’s loss was to an unranked team. UF’s loss was to a top 3 team by 1 score in a game where if UF just had 5 turnovers instead of 6, would have won.

  13. Stanford and Baylor definitely bailed Bama out. They’ve had tremendous luck the last two years, losing home games and still having a clear path to the NC. Notre dame is not very good, awful pitt had them beat if they just kick a short field goal.

  14. The JD designed runs have added up to 350 net yards. We act like this guy has run for over 1,000 yards this season. I was just reading where backup QB for San Fran who started against the bears, ran for like 1,200 yards and threw for over 2,000 yards and ran for a 1,000 yards a season for 3 straight years. This 350 net yards and an balky passing game at the end of a soph season is nothing a team should want to take into Tallabama Florgia this weekend. i do hope Muschamp gives up on his boy and play the players with the tools that give he Gators a chance. I am tired of being held hostage to JD because he can gain us 350 yard over 10 games. Hell Rod Frazier could give us that much on half the carries. Lets just get this ruse over with and move Jeff to TE where his only slim possible chance at the next level.

  15. Anyway if ND lose it will be a GA/Bama vs Gators NC…let’s do what we hate doing Gator fans lol let’s root for USC to win against ND! I seriously think ANY SEC team could show up ND in the NC so let’s hope “luck” is on our side. Looking like the 06 shake up, for real. Go Gators!

  16. Thank you to the fans who blogged about anything other than Alabama. If we don’t respond to the idiot Bama fan he gets no thrill out of reading your replies. The Bama fan wins when we respond. Stupid is as stupid does!!!