The Back Nine: Bad ref calls part of game

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The Back Nine comes at you after an interesting trip to Columbia in that it carried no drama. Except on the field, of course. 10. It would be easy to say to South Carolina fans and the head coach of...

Sundy Blog: There’s a different look to Georgia

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The Sunday Blog comes at you from soggy Columbia, S.C., as we get ready to come home and enjoy an off week: * I wonder what the spread will be for the Florida-Georgia game once we get to game week....

Gators face elimination game in SEC race

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The narrative concerning this Florida football team after last week’s game was as follows — Perhaps this team is better than we thought. So the Gators lost by two touchdowns and the defense couldn’t stop the rain with a dozen...

The Back Nine: Really, only 9 penalties called at UF-LSU game?

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The Back Nine comes at you after a long, late night in Louisiana followed by a long day of traveling, but kudos to the new Starke bypass. 10. Dan Mullen wasn’t complaining, but he was right that the holding penalty...

Sunday blog: LSU has a legit offense

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The Sunday Blog comes at you working on no sleep and a special thanks to the idiot who pulled the fire alarm at 4 a.m. Classy. * At around 3 a.m. Gainesville time, I figured I might as well fill...

Game Gators run into offensive buzzsaw in bayou

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BATON ROUGE, La. — In the suffocating small room where the visiting head coach answers questions at Tiger Stadium, Dan Mullen could hear the fans still celebrating every time the door opened.  It was a sobering experience for the head...

Dooley At The Half: Where’s the elite UF defense?

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Gainesville Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley looks at the first half of the Florida-LSU game. Joe Burrow hurt Florida almost as much with his legs as with his arm, scrambling for some big gains...

Dooley: Florida’s latest wins in series fuel LSU’s heat

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Maybe I am just naive. Maybe I am dumb enough to think that time heals wounds and bygones become bygones and every other bad cliche in the book. But I thought it was over. I thought it was back to normal. Intense, but...

Thinking ahead to what is possible for Florida football team

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There are two extremes of people or, rather, two extremes of football fans. There are those who are part-realists and part-pessimists, who are always ready to pump the brakes while all around them fans are seeing faux confetti. And there are...

The Back Nine: Trask’s personality fits his role on Gators

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The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend that was so good it makes me worried about what the next week will hold. I mean, I’m due. Or maybe just on a roll. 10. Football seasons fly past really...

Dooley At The Half: UF mistakes saving Auburn

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Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley looks at the first half of Florida-Auburn: * I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard The Swamp louder at the start of a game than it was Saturday. It may have been for a previous...

Gators have plenty to prove

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There is not a lot we know for sure about what will happen today. We think we know, but we don't really know. Or as I like to say, I know more than you think I know, but I...

Dooley: SEC scheduling can use some work

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The SEC is more of a collection of institutions than it is a conference. Some schools will give up their permanent opponent when you pry their cold, dead hands from it.

The Back Nine: Surgery didn’t stop Mullen from coaching vs. Auburn

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Mullen had an emergency appendectomy at 11 the night before the game

Sunday Blog: A campus spot for College GameDay

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The Sunday Blog comes at you and then it’s off to the golf course for one last bit of fun before all hell breaks loose in Gainesville next week. After a seven-year drought, ESPN’s GameDay will be in...

The Picks: Reckon Alabama shouldn’t be ranked No. 2

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I wouldn’t call it an epiphany. Maybe more of a realization. Or as Val Kilmer said in the wonderful “Tombstone” (in my top 10 of all time, by the way), “Oh, make no mistake about it. It’s not revenge he’s...

Dooley Noted: Gators 4-0 in first third of the season

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Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley talk this week about the Florida Gators football game against Towson. Also topics include how the Gators look toward the rest of the season, if the Florida defense elite, Spreads, an interview with former Gators standout linebacker James Bates, and of course Three Things.

Gators begin basketball practice amid high expectations

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There was no soft-selling, no dampening of expectations Tuesday at the Florida basketball facility. There was the occasional of the work to do and the long road ahead. But the loudest sound on Florida Basketball Media Day was the buzz...

The Back Nine: Big boys just ahead for Gators

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The Back Nine comes at you after the first real Saturday night watching college football on TV. It didn’t stink. 10. No matter what you think about the way they have played, it is certainly noteworthy that Florida over two...

Sunday Blog: Tennessee may need more than these Volunteers

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The Sunday Blog after another UF win over Tennessee: * Please don't take this the wrong way, but being on the field after the game and watching the Tennessee Volunteers trudging slowly off the field, I almost felt bad for...