The Sunday Blog comes at you after an amazing Rivalry Week and some amazing food throughout.
* Although statistics count in both the championship games and the bowls, Florida finished the regular season with these rankings of note:
8th in scoring defense.
10th in total defense.
17th in passing offense.
4th in sacks.
I’m guessing when Dan Mullen was hired, if he could have promised 20-5 and those kinds of stats his first two seasons, most Gator fans would have been pretty happy.
* Hey, ACC. We’ll make you a deal. The SEC won’t brag about the blowout wins over FSU and Georgia Tech if you don’t brag about hammering South Carolina. We cool? However, the one game on the final weekend with two fair-to-middling teams playing from the two conferences saw Kentucky thrash Louisville. Can we brag about that?
* I was surprised Missouri fired Barry Odom right after he delivered the SEC East a 7-7 tie with the West (OK, I’m the only one keeping score). And the No. 1 question I got Saturday night was, “Who does Missouri think they can get?” The obvious answer would be Josh Heupel, who was the offensive coordinator there before going to UCF. I’ve looked at a couple of lists of potential candidates and they hardly ooze sex appeal. You know, I said when Odom hired Derek Dooley as offensive coordinator this might not go well and during the five-game losing streak the Tigers scored seven points or fewer three times. Here’s a telling stat on Odom — he was 1-11 against Power 5 teams with winning records. What’s amazing is that the one win came against last year’s 10-3 Florida team.
* I have Florida seventh on my Associated Press ballot, but the ranking that really matters will be Tuesday night. If Florida is ranked ahead of Alabama — and based on resumes the Gators should be — the chances are excellent that Florida will get a New Year’s Six bowl game and avoid the dreaded Citrus Bowl. Can you imagine if Alabama gets sent to Orlando? How many players will skip that game and start their pro careers?