Florida and LSU are a combined 9-1, both teams are ranked in the top 15, both teams are serious contenders in the SEC race (maybe even beyond that), both teams are loaded with young, promising talent, but. …
Fans from both sides have spent most of the week before Saturday’s big game in The Swamp grousing and bitching about how bad things are with their team.
“I guess it’s because the expectations are so high at both schools,” senior UF linebacker A.J. Jones said Wednesday.
In Louisiana, the heat is back on Les Miles for his pitiful clock management (again) after the way the Tigers nearly tossed away Saturday’s game against Tennessee in the closing seconds. He’s 5-0, and yet there is a lot of chatter around Baton Rouge that maybe it’s time to say to go ahead and fire the guy.
Miles isn’t the only one under the microscope. So is LSU’s struggling offense and the erratic quarterback play of Jordan Jefferson, and now, Jarrett Lee. The Tigers are having some success running the ball, but their passing game has disappeared at times and LSU is struggling to sustain drives and score points. So, you guessed it, some are saying it’s time to demote or fire offensive coordinator Gary Crowton.
Here’s the key question: If the Tigers win Saturday’s game 7-6 and Miles bungles a scoring opportunity with bad clock management at the end of the first half and the QB play stinks, will theLSU fans even be happy?
Now, on to Florida.
We all know about the criticism flying around — and there is plenty of it on talk radio and on the Internet.
Let’s see, Urban Meyer isn’t the same coach he was before his leave of absence. Steve Addazio should be stripped of his play-calling duties. Mike Pouncey should be moved back to guard. John Brantley should not be asked to run the option. The Gators should throw deep. Trey Burton should be the quarterback. Play-calling is predictable.
Blah, blah, blah.
On and on it goes.
Here’s the key question: If the Gators’ win Saturday’s game 10-9 and Jeff Demps runs up the middle on second-and-10 and Burton throws a jump-pass interception in the end zone and Pouncey dribbles a snap or two to John Brantley, will the Gator fans even be happy?
Kind of sad, don’t you think?