Anyone who has watched Florida play this seasons knows the Gators are struggling on offense. They’ve had problems in the red zone, the passing game has been ineffective at times, they’ve had a hard time finishing drives, and they’ve left a whole bunch of points on the field.
But is the offense really all that bad? The numbers say it’s not. The numbers say the opposite.
Earlier this week, UF sports information Steve McClain passed along some statistics that are pretty startling, really.
Here they are:
In games vs. SEC opponents, Florida has:
- 1,506 net rushing yards (1st in SEC)
- 2,661 total net yards (1st)
- 21 touchdowns (tied for 1st with Georgia)
- 11 rushing touchdowns (tied for 1st with Auburn)
- 146 first downs (1st)
- 85 rushing first downs (1st)
- 144.5 passer rating (1st)
- 66.7 completion percent (1st)
- 32:56 time of possession (1st)
- 28.1 points per game (2nd — Georgia, 29.3)
- 4.8 yards per carry (tied for 2nd with Alabama — Auburn, 5.0)
- 380.1 ypg (3rd — Auburn, 388.7; Ark., 382.5)
Obviously, the Gators look a lot better on paper than one would imagine based on what we’ve seen on the field. In perhaps the best defensive conference in the nation, the Florida offense is doing some really impressive things. But the stats don’t hide the warts. The Gators certainly have some, something offensive coordinator Steve Addazio pointed out the other day. But then the 2008 offense also had some warts, Addazio said. Those weren’t noticed as much because the Gators were scoring a bunch of points and blowing out the opposition every week.
This year, the games are closer and the warts are more obvious. But this is an offense that’s very capable of living up to the high standards around here. That potential is obvious when you look at those statistics, which are pretty impressive.