Now that you have had time to digest Florida’s opening game, try not to burp in my face.
We have discussed it, rewatched it, dissected every stat and every wild and crazy play. We can’t move on because there is nothing to move on to for another week.
So we deal with indigestion.
During the last couple of days, the mood of the Gator Nation has swayed back and forth like the cellphone flashlights in the stands during “I Won’t Back Down.”
What did we just see on Saturday night?
How can this team make so many mistakes?
What’s the deal with Feleipe Franks?
Why was a bottled water $9 at the concession stand?
We all survived it, the three first-half fire alarms, the oppressive heat even for Florida, the last eight minutes of bizarre game time.
And now we look back one last time. Just don’t stare. It’s like looking at a car accident where everyone is OK, but the cars are not drivable.
There was a little bit good and a little bit bad. (Makes me think of that old Monkees’ song).
The good news is the obvious, that Florida won and is 1-0.
The bad news is that the stamp Dan Mullen’s team put on the game is torn and crooked on the envelope.
The good news is that Franks threw for more yards than any quarterback did a year ago against Miami. And he’s third in the nation in passing yards.
The bad news is that he threw two balls at the wrong team and only five quarterbacks have played so far this year.
The good news is that Florida averaged 5.7 yards a play, not too far below last year’s 6.2 average.
The bad news is that Florida only ran 54 plays. Only once last season did Florida run fewer plays, 53 in a blowout win over Tennessee because of six turnovers and a bunch of short fields.
The good news is that the hustle shown by senior Van Jefferson as a gunner on special teams was something every player on that team can use as motivation.
The bad news is that they couldn’t find last year’s leading receiver on offense. He caught one pass.
The good news is that Florida won a game where it lost time of possession (36:13 to 23:47), was minus-3 in turnovers (teams usually win about 11 percent of the time with a minus-3), had 100 yards in penalties and averaged 1.8 yards a rush.
The bad news is that all of those things actually happened.
The good news is that Florida’s pass rush was ferocious despite Miami keeping extra players in to block on all but one of the 10 sacks Florida recorded.
The bad news is that the rush allowed the screen game of Miami to work, especially early.
The good news is that Franks played the game with a lot of emotion.
The bad news is that the Get Off My Lawn Police will tell you what you can and cannot do after a touchdown especially when your next offensive play is a potential game-losing pick.
The good news is that Jon Greenard, who had serious wrist surgery after the first game of last season, was an absolute beast on the field.
The bad news is that both Malik Davis and Marco Wilson looked like they have more rust to scrape off.
The good news is that Florida limited Miami to two first downs on 14 third-down plays.
The bad news is that Florida was 2 for 10. (But 4 for 4 on fourth down).
The good news is that Florida gets a week off.
The bad news is that this team probably needs to play again as soon as possible.
The good news is that Miami appears to be good enough to help Florida’s strength of schedule for the College Football Playoff committee.
The bad news is you are going to hurt yourself if you keep laughing that hard.
The good news is that Disney World is still the happiest place on Earth judging from the three-hour infomercial that was GameDay on ESPN.
The bad news is that Camping World Stadium is the unhappiest place on Earth.
The good news is that you can spend a couple more days replaying this game in your minds.
The bad news is that you can spend a couple more days replaying this game in your minds.
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