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.

March Madness rolls on Sweet Sixteen

The Regional Semi-Finals start tonight, and my Gators will be taking on Marquette in the late game, check back for scores!

Syracuse survives Badger attack 64-63

C.J. Fair broke out of a scoring slump with 15 points and top-seeded Syracuse held on for a 64-63 victory over fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Thursday night in the East Regional semifinals.The Badgers had two shots at the win after Kris Joseph, a 75 percent free throw shooter, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 18.9 seconds left and the Orange leading by a point. Jordan Taylor came down and missed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left and Mike Bruesewitz’s toss with the rebound was off, at the buzzer.Scoop Jardine added 14 points for the Orange (34-2), who advance to play Ohio State or Cincinnati in the regional final Saturday.

Cardinals stun Spartans 57-44

The first #1 seed has fallen,and Louisville is in the Elite Eight. The Cardinals played tough defense and dominated the game. They now await the winner of Marquette and Florida, who play later tonight

Buckeyes top Bearcats 81-66

Jared Sullinger and the Ohio State Buckeyes had blown a 12-point lead and fallen behind Cincinnati in the second half of the East Region semifinals.It was time for the “cool guys” to take a seat, and let the blue-collar team take over.Sullinger scored 23 points with 11 rebounds and Ohio State turned back Cincinnati’s last charge with a 17-1 run to beat the Bearcats 81-66 on Thursday night and advance to the NCAA regional finals for the first time since 2007.

Gators top Marquette 68-58

Exactly as his coach asked him to, Bradley Beal is bringing out his A-game. His latest bit of wizardry moved Florida a win away from the Final Four, and set up Billy Donovan with a perfectly scripted matchup against his old coach and boss, Rick Pitino.Beal, the freshman with NBA written all over him, scored 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting Thursday night to help the Gators to a 68-58 victory over Marquette.Next up for No. 7 seed Florida (26-10) is a West Regional final Saturday against Louisville and Pitino, who taught ol’ Billy The Kid a lot of what he knows.

Baylor holds off Xavier 75-70

Quincy Acy picked up the slack for his roommate to help push Baylor to another regional final.The 6-foot-7 senior had a double-double on an off night for the sharpshooting Brady Heslip as the Bears moved their attack inside to beat Xavier 75-70 Friday.

Tar Heels squeak by Bobcats

The last of the little guys gave North Carolina a massive scare.Harrison Barnes scored five of his 12 points in overtime and the top-seeded Tar Heels escaped a huge upset with a 73-65 victory over No. 13 seed Ohio on Friday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

Wildcats too much for Hoosiers 102-90

They ran up and down the court, two storied programs going toe to toe.In the end, Kentucky was just too big, too quick, too good for Indiana.The top-seeded Wildcats moved another step closer to the only goal that matters in the Bluegrass State, shaking off a rather quiet night from freshman star Anthony Davis to pull away from the Hoosiers 102-90 in the South Region semifinals Friday.

Jayhawks pullout win over NC State

Thomas Robinson kept missing easy buckets. Tyshawn Taylor had a shooting performance he’d rather soon forget. Kansas made just two shots from outside 5 feet, and seemed to be in constant trouble against North Carolina State.Yet a smile kept creeping across Robinson’s face. Taylor spent most of the second half Friday night trying to calm down coach Bill Self, who was stomping along the Jayhawks’ sideline.

 

SEC! SEC! SEC!…………

Last night the Alabama Crimson Tide won the National Title, that makes six straight crowns for the South Eastern Conference. And if you look at the last 20 years, well just look at the champs!

1992 Alabama

1996 Florida

1998 Tennessee

2003 LSU

2004 Auburn Yes, they should have won it and you know it

2006 Florida

2007 LSU

2008 Florida

2009 Alabama

2010 Auburn

2011 Alabama

Like I said SEC, SEC, SEC…………….

Gators advance to College World Series final

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My Gators keep on rolling, knocking off Vanderbilt, and will now deal with South Carolina

Florida is in the College World Series finals, which is right where most people in college baseball figured they would be all along.

The second-seeded Gators advanced with a 6-4 victory over Vanderbilt on Friday. Preston Tucker drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to offset a shaky bullpen that squandered a three-run lead.

Florida (53-17) will play South Carolina (53-14) in the best-of-three finals starting Monday. The Gamecocks advanced with a 3-2, 13-inning win over Virginia.

For the Gators, it’s the place to be to finish a year in which they were the preseason No. 1-ranked team, won the Southeastern Conference tournament and lost back-to-back games on only two occasions.

“You have to feel fortunate,” Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “You’ve got to have some breaks along the way. This is a long grind. This team, from day one, its goal was to set out to play for the national championship. That doesn’t always come in the end, doesn’t always work out that way. But they’ve been focused, and we’re looking forward to it.”

Darned proud of my Gators, and the SEC too

Gators nip Mississippi State, head back to College World Series

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The Gators blasted five homers earning a second straight trip to the College Baseball World Series

The University of Florida is heading back to the College World Series.

For the first time in school history the Gators will make consecutive trips to Omaha, as Florida took a wild 8-6 decision over Mississippi State in the deciding game three of the Super Regional at McKethan Stadium Sunday.

The Gators jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Bulldogs scored six straight before Preston Tucker delivered a three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh to put the Gators back on top, then Daniel Pigott delivered his second home run of the game in the bottom of the eighth to give Florida an 8-6 lead.

Great to be a Gator

A Joyous Day For Gator Doug

Meyer’s Gators Suck Slightly Less Than Paterno’s Lions, Win Largely Pointless Outback Bowl – KTXL

It took three field goals, five interceptions, three quarterbacks and a blocked punt, but Florida sent coach Urban Meyer out with a win.

Playing in Meyer’s final game, the Gators beat Penn State 37-24 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday.

The defense and special teams spent much of the game making up for the shortcomings of the offense.

The Gators had three interceptions and blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown to help out.

Florida (8-5) got field goals from 20, 30 and 47 yards from punter Chas Henry.

The Gators trailed Penn State (7-6) for much of the game until getting a touchdown from Mike Gillislee and a FG from Henry to make it 30-24. They got a late interception return for a touchdown from Ahmad Black to bring the game to its final score.

The game is the last for Meyer, who resigned on Dec. 8.

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Gooooooo Gators!

Florida Downs Tennessee – Florida Today

Florida had a pair of huge interceptions and a fake punt to bail out a struggling offense and beat Tennessee for the sixth straight season, 31-17, Saturday before 102,455 at Neyland Stadium.

Florida (3-0) went up 10-3 on a 44-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis to open the second half — finishing off a 10-play, 53-yard drive. Tennessee (1-2) quickly tied it, however, with a 49-yard pass from Matt Simms to Denarius Moore with 8:59 left in the third quarter.

But on fourth-and-6, Omarius Hines took the snap on a fake punt and raced straight up the middle 36 yards to the Tennessee 25. It was the first time UF had faked a punt since the Arkansas game in October of 2008.

A 14-yard pass from John Brantley (14 of 23 for 167 yards) to Carl Moore on third-and-8 moved the ball to the 9. On third-and-goal, Brantley hit Frankie Hammond Jr. for the score with 4:31 left in the third quarter.

UF cornerback Jeremy Brown then intercepted Simms’ pass and returned it to the Vols’ 29 with 2:39 left. Hines’ 13-yard reception got it to the 9, which eventually led to a 5-yard score by Mike Gillislee to make it 24-10.

Simms made things interesting with a 35-yard TD throw to Justin Hunter on fourth down to cut the margin to seven points with 11:24 left in the game. The score came after an officials’ review that overturned a fumble near midfield by Jeff Demps (who finished with 26 rushes for 73 yards) to give the Vols the ball.

But the Gators’ offense responded with one of its most impressive drives all season, going 60 yards in nine plays and eating up over five minutes of the remaining time. Deonte Thompson and Moore had clutch receptions of 24 and 12 yards.

Demps picked up 16 yards to the UT 8, gained two more yards on first-and-goal and Trey Burton scored on a 2-yard run from the shot gun to push the lead back out to 31-17 with 6:15 remaining in the contest.

Matt Elam recovered a Tennessee fumble on the Vols’ next drive to sent fans pouring out of the Neyland.

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How much DO those wacky LSU fans drink?

Pat Austin is an LSU fan. Pat loves to enjoy the products of Sam Adams, as do I,their Double Bock is awesome! In fact Sam Adams might suffer because Pat drinks too many of their brews!

I’m sorry…it’s all my fault.  The Boston Beer Company, AKA Sam Adams, is in danger of losing its “craft beer” or “artisan beer” status because their sales will top the 2 million barrel threshold for craft beers next year.  It’s all my fault.  I did it.  I should not have stocked my dining room to the ceiling with Octoberfest.

It is OK Pat, its not like your LSU Tigers have to go and play the Gators at the Swamp,where certain doom awaits them this season, oh,wait……..What Imeant to say is it is not like my Gators are playing in the College World Series, while LSU sits home, oh, wait…….

March Madness Sweater Puppy Rule 5 Contest

The briliant Carol of No Sheeples has called for a Rule 5 contest featuring the cheerleaders of the schools competing in the NCA tourney. And, being a big fan of rule 5, and a HUGE Gator fan, who am I to refuse. And even though my beloved Gators likely will not win this year, I can still brag, remembering the Gators’ 2006  and 2007 NCAA tourney titles, as well as the 2006, and 2008 football national titles. Yep, tis GREAT to be a GATOR!

look at all the national championships

YEP! The SEC don’t need no stinkin’ Badgers

Steve decides to stick his nose into an SEC rivalry

Doug of The Daley Gator, Stacy of The Other McCain, and Carol of No Sheeples Here are having an intra-conference spat about the upcoming S.E.C. Championship game next week. Stacy and Carol are Alabama fans while Doug is a Florida fan. They seem to think that this game is tantamount to the national championship as they consider the S.E.C. to be the top conference in the nation.

What they fail to realize is that the B.C.S. computer model is the spittin’ image of the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit’s anthropocentric global warming model program. It’s rigged to help the S.E.C. keep a high self-esteem.

 

Yep, that is right, the SEC IS the best conference in college football, and yes, we, as Stacy McCain notes are like a big family, we might hate each other, but, we do not take kindly to anyone else talking trash about us, yes, even a Gator fan like me, will defend Georgia, or Auburn, from a Pac-10 or Big Ten attack.

Catol at No Sheeples, who is the world’s best photo shopper, shows Steve the error of his Badger ways

Allow me to continue blistering Steve: The Harris Poll has Florida topping the rankings at No.1 with Alabama coming in at No. 3, the Legends Poll ranks Alabama No.1 followed by Florida at No. 2 and the BCS Standings follows suit with the same placement in the rankings.

In none of the five polls mentioned above do Steve’s beloved Wisconsin Badgers appear. Steve and his brother Lance were crestfallen when Brett Favre left the Packers. This alone would account for his snarkiness regarding real football.

When Steve sought to stir the pot by saying there is no shortage of tools in the SEC, I think it is appropriate for me to point out that a cheesehead has no business calling anyone a “tool”, if you know what I mean and I think you do!
I don’t want to call Steve EVIL but I will IF I HAVE TO because we already know that Doug is EVIL. Stay classy, Steve old boy, stay classy.
Now, the whole “evil” comment is not hurtful, because I know it is delivered with SEC love. Just like I can say something like, how do you get a one-armed Bama fan out of a tree? You wave at them. See, a loving jab.
 
As a final indication of how SEC love works, I recall last year’s Cotton Bowl game, between Texas Tech, and Ole Miss Rebels. As the game wound down, and the Rebels fans began chanting “SEC, SEC, SEC…” The next day, the local sports talk station here in Dallas could not understand why Rebel fans would chant that. That is SEC love, we fight like Hell AGAINST each other, then root like Hell FOR each other against other conferences.
 
So, IF, Bama were to defeat Florida next Saturday, I would pull like Hell for the Tide to roll Texas. Likewise, WHEN we beat Bama, I know their fans will pull for us to dust the Horns! That is right Carol, you and RS McCain get your orange and blue pom poms out!

This is why Styacy McCain is a blogging genius!

Yes! GENIUS! Mr. McCain, as fierce an Alabama fan as I am a Gator fan suggests that he and I, and Carol at No Sheeples, who also screams “ROLL TIDE” , keep up our SEC style smack talking all week leading up to the Bama/Gator clash in Atlanta next Saturday.

Those two powers will play for the most coveted championship in America, the SEC championship, and also for the right to make steers out of the Teaxs Longhorns in the National Championship Game. You doubt, the dominance of the SEC? Well, ask Ohio State, or FSU, or Oklahoma, or Miami, they have all been crushed by SEC teams in past national title contests.

McCain points out the obvious reasons for this proposed smackfest. First it will get HITS! Second, it will agitate the Hell out of Auburn fans, who get sick when they think of Alabama playing in Atlanta. McCain hates Auburn, and who can blame him? I might add that it also irritates Volunteer and Bulldog fans, and LSU fans, and that is a huge bonus!

So, the lines are drawn, Let the smack talking start! And let the BIG GATOR EAT!

FINALLY, a sillier mascot than a badger

A Gopher? Even a Badger can beat them up. But seriously, congrats to the Burri boys on a great win in Minnesota. Wisconsin might just win the Big 10 this season. But, right now, we Gators have more important business to attend to, you know those LSU Tigers. Pat, a big LSU fan, exposes another “right-wing conspiracy” that a Leftist loser has dreamed up. Good work Pat! It is best to get your mind off the impending doom for your Tigers.