Atlanta is 331 miles from Gainesville, but it’s looking awfully close right about now.
Kelvin Taylor rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, Antonio Callaway caught a 66-yard scoring pass and the Florida defense swarmed all over Georgia and its first-time starting quarterback, forcing five turnovers in a 27-3 smashing Saturday at EverBank Field that placed the 11th-ranked Gators in total command of the Southeastern Conference East Division.
In winning a second straight in the storied 95-game rivalry for the first time in five years, Florida (7-1, 5-1) needs only to defeat Vanderbilt next week or South Carolina a week later to clinch its first SEC Championship Game berth since 2009.
With the victory, the Gators matched their win total of last season on Halloween night — with at least four games remaining — and has been eliminated from nothing relative to the big picture of the 2015 college football season.
Two words ASS WHIPPING!
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Behind three RBI apiece from junior Harrison Bader and freshman JJ Schwarz and a total of four homers, No. 3 Florida (49-16) punched its ticket to the NCAA College World Series with an 11-4 triumph over No. 10 Florida State (44-21) to complete a sweep of the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional on Saturday at McKethan Stadium. UF had defeated the Seminoles in Friday night’s opener by a 13-5 score.
The Gators have now posted a season-high nine wins in a row. Senior left-hander Bobby Poyner (5-2) twirled five shutout innings in his final home appearance to collect the victory.
The victory secured the Gators’ ninth trip to the CWS (1988, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015) and marks the program’s fourth trip to Omaha in the past six years under eighth-year head coach Kevin O’Sullivan. UF will face No. 8 Miami (49-15) at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha next Saturday in the opening round of the double-elimination event. The start time will be announced on Monday night by the NCAA following the completion of Super Regionals.
Three days after Florida’s regular season and Will Muschamp’s time as head coach ended, reports continue to surface linking Colorado State coach Jim McElwain to the Florida job.On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy tweeted that Jim McElwain has become the top candidate for the Florida job. The Colorado State coach’s name first came up on Sunday when Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports listed him as “a top candidate,” but the differential to “the top candidate” is a significant one.
Forde reported on Tuesday afternoon that there was a jet en route from Gainesville to Fort Collins, home of Colorado State and McElwain. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley is expected to meet with McElwain on Tuesday afternoon.
Named the Mountain West Conference’s coach of the year on Tuesday, McElwain has turned the Rams into an offensive powerhouse. Colorado State averages 498 yards per game (13th best in the nation), while boasting the nation’s second-most efficient quarterback inGarrett Grayson and the top receiver by yards per game (149.1) and touchdowns (17) in Rashard Higgins.
Before taking over Colorado State, McElwain, a Montana native, was Alabama’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2008 through 2011
McElwain is in his third season coaching the Rams and has led them to a 10-2 record, dropping their regular season finale to Air Force on Sunday. The 52-year-old was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year of Tuesday and many of his offensive players received first team honors by the league.\
McElwain has a large buy out $7.5 million, but, for program like Florida, that is not a real obstacle. Football Scoop, citing sources at Florida say the Gators AD Jeremy Foley will offer McElwain the position. It also reports that current defensive coordinator D J Durkin would likely keep that job under McElwain.
Foley and McElwain, per sources, are in agreement that it would be best for Florida football to retain defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson at a minimum
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is considering an offer to coach at the University of Florida for a base salary in the range of $4.2 to $4.3 million annually, according to multiple sources.
Additional sources confirm the Rebels are attempting to compete with the Gators’ offer, pushing Freeze’s salary to somewhere near the $4 million range to take compensation out of the question in a potential decision by Freeze between the two schools.Freeze is finishing the third year of a four year contract that pays him $3 million annually, and has twice been extended. Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork has previously stated that the university was in the process of renegotiating Freeze’s contract during the 2014 season but not expected to complete the process until the end of the year.
The 45-year-old Freeze has risen through the coaching ranks quickly, having compiled a 24-14 record in three seasons with the Rebels after one year as head coach Arkansas State. Freeze’s first position at the collegiate level was as an assistant at Ole Miss under Ed Orgeron in 2005.
Well, he is an impressive candidate, and on offensive guy, who can hopefully return the Gators to elite status quickly. If he can get Ole Miss going, I like his chances to get the Gators back in the National Title picture quickly. He has denied any contact with Florida AD Jeremy Foley, but, we all know many coaches have played that game.
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.”
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.
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!
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
#3 Ohio State
#4 Notre Dame
#5 the shocker Ole Miss
#8 Texas A&M
#2 Ohio State
#4 Notre Dame
#7 Ole Miss
#8 Texas A & M
Man I miss football already!
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.
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
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.
The Regional Semi-Finals start tonight, and my Gators will be taking on Marquette in the late game, check back for scores!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
2004 Auburn Yes, they should have won it and you know it
Like I said SEC, SEC, SEC…………….
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
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
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.
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.