The Sunday Blog comes at you as Gator fans lick their wounds after a rough trip to Jacksonville.
- Losing isn’t fun. We have established that. Losing to a rival is less fun. No doubt. Losing because your team plays poorly makes it a hat trick. There are reasons the Florida football team was humbled on Saturday and some of it has to do with Georgia having better players and an excellent coaching staff. I did ask Dan Mullen after the game if he thought his defense worried too much about Justin Fields during practice last week. Fields, the freshman quarterback, didn’t play a down. But Mullen said he just told Todd Grantham to be aware. “It wasn’t like they had a package for him like we did with Timmy (Tebow during his freshman year),” Mullen said. “They just run him a few plays of read option.” Mullen also said the plan is still to redshirt Emory Jones but they still can play him in two more games per the new redshirt rules.
- Georgia’s win and Kentucky’s miracle win against Missouri means that Lexington is going to see the biggest game in its football history Saturday. Two top-10 teams have never played at Commonwealth Stadium and we’ll see where the ‘Cats are in the poll later today. I had them ninth with Georgia sixth (Gators 15th). My early take is that Kentucky has a real chance to pull off the upset based on what I saw from Georgia. But wasn’t that Missouri win the kind of game that usually happens to Kentucky instead of what happens FOR Kentucky? It was a brutal pass interference call that decided the game.
- Two years ago, FSU and Louisville were elite programs. But college football is fickle and now these are two programs in the tank. FSU’s 59-10 loss to Clemson at home leaves the Seminoles at 4-4, 2-4 in the ACC and Willie Taggart questioning whether some of his players quit. It’s worse at Louisville, which handed its game to FSU earlier in the season. The Cardinals were destroyed by Wake Forest on Saturday to drop to 2-6 and 0-5 in conference. Louisville ranks 115th in scoring defense.
- Ideally, Florida would play at noon this week, but we also understand the businesses love the 3:30 and 4 p.m. games. So, 4 p.m. vs. Missouri on Saturday it is. You’re gonna need more than one TV for this four-pack:
* Georgia at Kentucky, 3:30 p.m., CBS.
* West Virginia at Texas, 3:30 p.m., Fox.
* Penn State at Michigan, 3:45 p.m., ESPN.
* Alabama at LSU, 8 p.m., CBS.