The Picks: UF out to avoid another 7-game slide

Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks is making progress, coaches say. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

There is a great quote in the movie Tombstone (an all-time Dr. Football favorite) when Doc Holliday/Val Kilmer says, “My hypocrisy goes only so far.” And then later, “It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.”

What he said. Both times.

Because I’m a guy who shouts down the people who shout down preseason polls and the early College Football Rankings. And yet (that expression, by the way, is going to be with us for a bit), nobody gets more annoyed by preseason watch lists than me.

On the one hand, the CFP Rankings are entertaining and give the media plenty of fodder. On the other hand, it’s aggravating to see so many people get upset because of where their team is ranked because there’s only one poll that matters.

If I had a third hand, I might slap myself. I offer up the kind of hypocrisy usually reserved for an NCAA infractions meeting.

All we know for sure is that it’s going to be a wild final three weekends and nobody knows who will end up in the playoffs and who will be on the outside looking in like a child outside a candy store.

Gator fans, meanwhile, are just longing for the day when they can be angry at the CFP committee for having their team too low in the standings. Too low is way better than not considered.

Instead, they are just hoping that this program can avoid its second seven-game losing streak to end a season in the last five years.

But don’t let the troubles of this year’s team ruin college football for you. It’s still glorious even when your team is glamourless. It’s still heart-pounding even when your team is heartbreaking.

It’s still crazy even when your team is driving you there.

We tried an expanded Picks last week because of all the good games being played and it was another strong week. The Picks went 9-3 and that FSU selection was looking good when the Seminoles got a fumble late and it looked like they might upset Clemson.

Alas, the 2017 ’Noles are what they are.

Unfortunately, so are the 2017 Gators.

The overall record is now 76-36, which isn’t bad but won’t get any recognition by any committees.

The most difficult part of this week is finding 10 games. It’s a stinker of a week. Which is another reason college football needs a commissioner, but don’t get me started.

UAB AT FLORIDA: I thought long and hard about this game. UAB really hasn’t played anybody of note but 7-3 for a program that took two years away from playing is still impressive. Florida is so depleted you can’t help but feel for the few players who are healthy enough to pull on their uniforms. Anybody in the stands have any eligibility remaining? Florida, 28-21.

MICHIGAN AT WISCONSIN: So the joke Friday night in Columbia, S.C., was that Robbie Andreu’s brother Tim looks a lot like Jim Harbaugh when he wears his glasses. Yes, we were making fun of him. Wisconsin, 23-21.

KENTUCKY AT GEORGIA: Kirby Smart’s message to his team was to not let Auburn beat Georgia twice. Which they pretty much did as bad as that game was. But the Bulldogs know they can still make the playoffs and that should be enough incentive. Georgia, 34-27.

LSU AT TENNESSEE: Do you find it difficult to root against the Vols with Butch Jones out of there? Especially against LSU? Me too. LSU, 30-13.

NAVY AT NOTRE DAME: The Irish are wearing special helmets that have been designed to look like leather. They played like a team wearing leather helmets last week. Notre Dame, 24-19.

MISS. ST. AT ARKANSAS: In a bizarre season, nothing struck Dr. Football as being more odd than Arkansas AD Jeff Long, who used to be the chair of the CFP, getting canned. That can’t be good news for Bret Bielema. Or maybe even current chair Kirby Hocutt. Miss. State, 34-23.

TEXAS A&M AT OLE MISS: Who would have thought Matt Luke has a better chance of being an SEC coach next year than Kevin Sumlin? Ole Miss, 37-34.

MISSOURI AT VANDERBILT: Or that Missouri would find its way to a bowl game? Missouri, 28-20.

VIRGINIA AT MIAMI: Kirk Herbstreit said he wants to see how Miami plays without a great atmosphere because this week is Virginia and it’s a noon game. Those guys are used to it. Miami, 37-21.

UCLA AT USC: What a waste of Josh Rosen. USC, 38-21.

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  1. Perhaps Mr. Dooley would acknowledge the hypocrisy of criticizing fans all season for the position he suddenly came to just before the McElwain firing? Fans knew since Labor Day that Mac was a bust, and Dooley and Andreu showed real contempt for our opinions…right until they agreed with us.

    So yeah, that would be nice.

  2. Yes just a few weeks ago Dooley said no way this team goes 4-7….not gonna happen hahaha he said. These guys aren’t real journalists they are glorified fan boys that try to stay in good graces with the HBC. Any true fan that’s watched this team under Mac could see the lack of real preparation and discipline. Just happy we’re about to make a real upgrade and hoping we can muster 2 more solid efforts this year. Go Gators!