The Sunday Blog comes at you after a fairly incident free Florida-Georgia game and I hope it was for you as well. We all know how crazy that place can get.
- If nothing else, Florida is consistent in its losses. There have only been two, but there have been common themes:
* The opponent’s offensive line stifles the Florida pass rush.
* Kyle Pitts disappears in the second half (zero catches after four in the first half).
* The opposing quarterback is remarkably accurate.
* The defense gives up way too many chunk plays (nine of 15 yards or more against Georgia).
* The Gators can’t get off the field on defense.
- There were dozens of plays to point to as keys to the Florida loss and coach Dan Mullen thought the biggest was when the booth and Birmingham failed to overturn a catch on third down. But these two plays stood out to me as evidence of Florida’s lack of physicality on the offensive line:
* On fourth-and-1 on Florida’s first drive, the Gators went empty and threw an incompletion. I have had readers complain that Florida should have used Kyle Trask on a sneak, but if you can’t get any movement, it’s difficult to commit to a play like that.
* Florida had a third-and-34 in the third quarter. The Gators split four receivers left and Georgia was playing soft because of the situation. Florida ran Lamical Perine off right tackle for two yards. I didn’t have a problem with the play call because you are not going to usually pick up 3rd-and-34. But you should at least be able to run the ball for something reasonable.
- There wasn’t a lot of movement in my rankings for the Associated Press Sunday except that I dropped Florida to 12th, just ahead of Auburn. This week is really going to shake things out. It should be fun to vote next Sunday, even if the poll’s value is diminished by the first College Football Playoff rankings coming out Tuesday night between basketball games.
- It is getting loud again in Tallahassee after an embarrassing loss to Miami, 27-10. The thing that has to be embarrassing for FSU fans is the lack of discipline on that team. And now Boston College has found its offense making this week’s game at BC even more difficult, as the Semis try to get bowl eligible.