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.

Shorthanded Gators roll Toledo 24-6

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

 

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 rolling in another great recruiting class

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. 

 

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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

 

Gators bitch slap Seminoles, finish regular season 11-1

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!