So, how AM I feeling today?

Like an angry Gator fan, that is how, I could go on and on about our oft-failed head coach should have been fired last year. I could go on and on about how Muschamp does not understand simple principles about offensive football, you know like the forward pass. I could write about how frustrating it is to watch a fine offensive coordinator hamstrung by the head coach who clearly thinks he is Nick Saban when he isn’t (Nick Saban does not hamstring his own offense). I could even rant about how our coach apparently does not understand the basic principle behind draining the play clock when on offense with a lead and the ball deep in the other teams end late in the game. But, instead, I will allow pat Dooley to sum it all up.

This wasn’t the straw, it was a whole bale of ineptitude. And yet, it was right there for the taking, a win that would have been huge for a coach trying to salvage a season.

Somehow, some way, this team and these coaches found a way to lose a game that didn’t look losable.

It wasn’t as if Florida was doing anything special to be in position to win. This was Muschamp Football 101. Run the ball and play defense and try to win 17-10.

But when you try to win by a touchdown, you’re always one touchdown away from overtime.

So of course, it happened.

Of course, Florida was called for holding on a game-clinching touchdown run.

Of course, the Gamecocks blocked a field goal that would have basically put the game away.

Of course, they blocked a punt with 39 seconds to go when you knew they weren’t going to drive 70 or 75 yards against this defense.

Of course, they did.

“It hurts,” said offensive lineman Chaz Green. “You can only say it so many times. It hurts, especially the way we lost it.”

Yep.

The way.

With an offense that chose to ignore all of those gaudy numbers allowed by the South Carolina secondary and throw only 11 passes.

With an offense that has become so predictable, the writers in the press box were calling the plays before they happened.

With an offense that managed all of five second-half first downs.

With a coach who talks about making the opponent one-dimensional yet self-inflicts it upon his own team.

Go read it all, and Coach Muschamp don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

The BCS era ends this season………………But the ending will resemble the beginning

In 1998, Tennessee defeated Florida State to win the first BCS title. Five years later LSU beat OU to claim the crown. In 2004 Auburn was screwed out of BCS finale as USC, the C stood as it turns out for CHEATING, routed OU. Two years later My beloved Gators were projected to get blown out buy the great Buckeyes, but it was the Buckeyes who carried their over rated Big Ten teeth home in a bag. LSU whipped the Buckeyes in 2007 and my Gators bested OU in 2008. In 2009 ‘Bama bested Texas, and in 2010 Auburn topped Oregon. In 2011 the championship came down to two SEC teams, with Alabama besting LSU, and in 2012, Alabama, one of six SEC teams that would have throttled Notre Dame exposed Notre Dame as an FCS school.

Now, in 2013, the BCS era closes as Auburn plays Florida State, and tries to win the SEC’s eighth straight BCS National Title, and the SEC’s 11th in 18 seasons, my Gators destroyed FSU 52-20 in 1996 to win the National Championship. In other words, you FSU fans are walking down a path of certain destruction. You are not playing an ACC schedule any more, you are stepping up, WAY up, to play an SEC team now. Good luck ‘Noles, you are going to need it!

 

Gators land top three recruiting class again

Happy with the results as of now. Of course the real quality of this class will not be known until 2013 or 2014 but, ESPN ranks the Gators class at #2 Rivals has us #3, so that is great coming off an 11 win season. As I have said before, Will Muschamp’s legacy will begin to be defined by how his players, in his system perform. And entering his third year, we will start to see how good his recruiting and coaching styles meld. We Gator fans know we always have talent, and we know what a great coach (Spurrier, Meyer) can do with that. We also know what mediocre coaches can do, (Zook). So, soon we will be able to see where Muschamp can take the Gators

ESPN, ranks the top ten classes like this

#1 Alabama

#2 Florida

#3 Ohio State

#4 Notre Dame

#5 the shocker Ole Miss

#6 Michigan

#7 LSU

#8 Texas A&M

#9 FSU

#10 Georgia

Rivals top ten goes this way

#1 Alabama

#2 Ohio State

#3 Florida

#4 Notre Dame

#5 LSU

#6 Michigan

#7 Ole Miss

#8 Texas A & M

#9 UCLA

#10 Auburn

Man I miss football already!

 

Gators roll over Gamecocks 44-11

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 It feels good to beat Spurrier, and South Carolina. Once more the Gator defense was dominant, and the offense woke up in the second half. The special teams were huge too, helping us overcome some pathetic officiating early

Florida went 0-for-October last season, with humbling losses to Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Georgia.

It bothered coaches and players for a year.

It motivated them, too.

A year later, the Gators have a chance to end the month with a division title.

“I like this better,” coach Will Muschamp said. “So does everybody else.”

Jeff Driskel threw four touchdown passes — three of them after turnovers — and the Gators (No. 2 BCS, No. 3 AP) matched their win total from 2011 with a 44-11 drubbing of South Carolina (No. 7 BCS, No. 9 AP) on Saturday.

The Gators avenged consecutive losses to the Gamecocks, including one a couple of years ago that ended with Steve Spurrier and his players celebrating a division title in The Swamp.

“We remember the feeling, how bad it hurt,” center Jon Harrison said. “We even had guys getting emotional over it. We just used that as pure motivation to come out here and completely dominate this team.”

Florida’s latest whatever-it-takes win kept Muschamp’s team undefeated and put it on the cusp of the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division title. The Gators (7-0, 6-0 SEC) can clinch a spot in the league’s championship game by beating No. 13 Georgia next week in nearby Jacksonville.

Florida won this one with turnovers, stellar defense and more halftime adjustments — the kind of successful tweaks that are making Muschamp and his staff seem like the right fit in Gainesville.

Gators fight thru injuries tough Vandy team 31-17

All I can say is WHEW!

No one will overlook Jeff Driskel again, not after the Florida quarterback ran the ball better than even Tim Tebow.

Driskel ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and the fourth-ranked Gators beat Vanderbilt 31-17 on Saturday night to stay undefeated going into their big showdown with No. 3 South Carolina. Driskel ran only 11 times, and the sophomore set the Florida record for yards rushing by a quarterback, topping Tebow’s 166 yards against Mississippi in 2007 on 27 carries.

Vanderbilt watched Gators running back Mike Gillislee so closely that Driskel didn’t even think the Commodores laid a hand on him on any of his TD runs.

“We kept running really the same play, and they didn’t really make adjustments,” Driskel said. “So we kept going to it. If something’s working, keep going to it.”

The Gators (6-0, 5-0 SEC) finished off their last SEC road trip outside of the state of Florida with their 22nd straight win over Vanderbilt. Florida, which rallied in the second half to beat Texas A&M, Tennessee and LSU already this season, took control early this time. The Gators scored 21 straight points, including 11 in the second quarter where they took the lead for good.

Like I said WHEW! Next up, South Carolina

Happy Birthday to a Gators legend

Danny Wuerffel turns 38 today. During his years a the QB for my beloved gators Wuerffel won the Heisman Trophy, two Davey O’Brien trophies, the Johnny Unitas award, the Walter Camp award and two SEC players of the year titles. Oh, and he led the Gators to four straight SEC championships the 1996 National Championship to boot.