It was not the prettiest performance, and the offense should have put up more points, but, overall I will gladly take a dominating win over a good team
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mack Brown had tears in eyes before the game and a smile on his face after.
In between, he ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns — and vomited on the sideline.
Not a bad start for Brown or No. 10 Florida.
Brown’s career day, Jeff Driskel‘s efficiency and a dominant defense carried the Gators to a 24-6 win over Toledo in the teams’ season opener Saturday.
The Gators controlled both lines of scrimmage, opening holes for Brown and keeping steady pressure on Toledo’s experienced offense. It was exactly the style of play Florida has become known for under Muschamp. No flashiness. Few highlight-reel plays. But a win in the end.
It was Florida’s 24th consecutive season-opening victory, the second-longest active streak in the country. Only Nebraska (27) has a longer current run.
Up next a trip to Miami to play the Canes
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
#3 Ohio State
#4 Notre Dame
#5 the shocker Ole Miss
#8 Texas A&M
Rivals top ten goes this way
#2 Ohio State
#4 Notre Dame
#7 Ole Miss
#8 Texas A & M
Man I miss football already!
2013 will begin to tell the tale of gators coach Will Muschamp. He inherited a team built for the spread offense. Muschamp wants to be a more physical pound the ball team. This will be his second recruiting class, and HIS type of players, especially offensive line and receivers are going to be key. Florida always has excellent recruiting classes, in 2013, we begin to see how Muschamp can perform with his players.
The final ESPN 300 recruiting rankings were released today. Gator recruits were big movers and shakers.
The biggest movers were running backKelvin Taylor who jumped up to five star status moving into the top ten at #8 overall and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson who jumped up to #53 overall in the country from #118.
Taylor, a Gator legacy and early entry, showed a great all around game during Under Armour All American week practices. He showed he’s a polished running back who can run between the tackles, bounce it outside, block, and make tough catches out of the backfield. He may not be the biggest, fastest, or flashiest running back but he’s solid in every phase of his game and will likely make an impression from day one in Will Muschamp’s offense.
Demarcus Robinson, a recent Gator commitment and early entry as well, stood out as the best all around wide receiver in Army All American game practices. A tall, rangy wide receiver, he showed he’s a polished route runner, possesses good speed, and has great hands. He can go up and fight for the football and is the tall wide receiver the Gators have lacked for many years.
Of course, the cream of the class is shutdown cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III who is #3 on the ESPN 300 list, the highest ranked Gator recruit since Percy Harvin. Hargreaves dominated the Under Armour All American game repeatedly shutting down the nation’s number one ranked wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, covering him like a blanket, batting down passes, and picking one off. The interception was beautiful as he fooled the quarterback on the play disguising his coverage and getting the interception.
A Helluva class it should be go read the rest
Florida dominated this game except for a few minutes in the third quarter. They ran for almost 250 yards against the “toughest run defense” in the country, the Gator D shut the Noles offense down and by the fourth quarter, FSU was a beaten team. Man I LOVE beating the Noles.
Here is the ESPN recap
Florida coach Will Muschamp doesn’t have any doubt where his team’s next stop should be: Miami for the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 7.
And the Gators (No. 4 BCS, No. 6 AP) made a strong case for consideration Saturday by crushing archrival Florida State.
Mike Gillislee ran for two touchdowns and Florida scored 24 straight points in a span of less than nine minutes in the fourth quarter to keep its national title hopes alive with a convincing win over the 10th-ranked Seminoles.
“We have a really tough football team,” Muschamp said as he left the field for Florida’s locker room. “We should be playing for the national championship.”
Of course Notre Dame found another willing victim in USC Saturday night, so it will likely be Alabama destroying the Irish in the BCS title game. I do give Notre Dame credit for being a tough team, but honestly, they should have lost at least three games this year. The Irish seem to have a knack for getting their opponents to play their worst against them. Call it luck, call it winning ugly, that will not work against Bama, or Georgia should they win the SEC title game, and yep, it would not have cut it against the Gators either. The real kick in the head is that next season, the top four teams get a shot. Oh well, we should have beaten Georgia, so, we cannot really bitch I guess!