Yeah, @JoeMarks got it right. Our running was atrocious but if you saw our passing offense in any game besides the Cocktail Party, you would objectively be impressed.
Because you’re defense was absolutely unreal. (And this comes from a certified DawgHater.) best of luck in the offseason, We’ll see you in the fall!
This is a big year for us Gators. We’ve been “building” for a while now but this is it. This is where the ceiling gets blown off and we actually start recruiting like an SEC contender or we continue circling as “the best of the runner-ups”. As far as the Cocktail Party goes, I refuse to say that UGA has lost it’s spot until we beat them. Kirby is one of the best recruiters in the country and probably the best coach outside of anyone not named Dabo or Nick (or Mullen, but the man’s gotta earn that). You don’t think he’ll have something figured out by November? Mullen’s claim to fame this year was he covered our offense’s weaknesses and put up huge numbers despite no running game. I fully expect Smart to do the same. And let’s not even get started on that UGA defense, especially the past few Cocktail Parties...
Tbh I don’t think the SEC will ever post a consistently stellar bowl record for three reasons: 1 - 2-5 weeks to prepare for a game always gives an advantage to the lesser team. Good coaching can cover a multitude of sins when you have that much time. 2 - Statistically, the SEC has more players sit out for the Draft than anybody else (see UGA v Baylor). When you’re down that many players, it’ll come back to bite you. 3 (And perhaps most importantly) - The SEC is the ONLY conference that has 6-7 teams with CFP aspirations year in, year out. Whether it’s schedule, preseason rankings, or fan base expectations, practically half our conference has their eyes on the prize in September. Don’t tell me kids lose part of their fire when, 2-4 weeks away from December, their team falls out of contention. It’s like a kick to the gut for a team’s passion and chutzpah. No other conference deals with that. I’m ecstatic at what we’ve done this year but the deck is stacked against us in the post-season.
@armyguy007 @Sluva Luv That’s what I was thinking... OU wins 31-30 if I remember correctly? I gotta say, this site gives me some good laughs.
No, I think that loss against Bama will count against you too. You would need Mizzou to lose another besides UGA if I’m doing my math correctly.
To my UGA-supporting friends and family and all respectful UGA Fans everywhere, I feel for you. I’m not a fan of a rival losing to another team before my Gators get a crack at ‘em. I only saw the last few minutes of the game so I don’t even know what made the wheels fall of. To Corch, Negan, and the plethora of other trash-talking UGA trolls that just realized how bad their team was: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA PLEAASSSE explain this one to me! Where are y’all at?!
Personal opinion: From a Gator fan’s perspective, the disrespect and underdog status feels like last week all over again. If our offense commits 2 turnovers or less, we win. That few mistakes means Trask isn't playing like this is his first road game and we all know LSU’s defense isn’t strong enough to grind us out in a classic SEC-style game. On the other side of the ball, I agree with the stats posted above (I won’t re-type them here) about how LSU has played no one with a remotely good defense so far. Burrow and Co. are the real deal, but there’s no way they still feel good by the late 3rd quarter after playing a defense of this caliber. I’ll eat my crow if we get wrecked, but I’m tired of the low expectations. Mullen has us on the right track. Saturday we’ll find out how far we are.
A win with two units in “detention”, yeah we probably deserved that. #DefenseWinsChampionships
Where’s Mizzou? Am I going crazy?
Seriously I don’t understand why that INT isn’t getting more media attention. It was stupid good.
I had my fears about our D facing dual-threat QBs after Towson, but those were put to rest. Now I fear the elite accurate passers in the league (Burrow, Fromm, possibly Tua) because our secondary were leaving receivers open on many plays the pass rush stopped early/Nix panicked. We’re gonna see such high-octane offenses that ours has to respond. Either we’re gonna be one of the few great teams. to have little to no run game or it will be our (glaring) Achilles’ heel. Also: can anyone confirm it was injury that kept Zuniga off the field?
Rapid Reaction: All eyes on Kelly Bryant’s status as Missouri closes nonconference play by destroying Troy
Prayers up for Bryant. I’d love to see a healthy Mizzou when we come to visit in November.
Thanks for the recognition @LSUSMC . We’ve taken a lot of heat for “not beating teams badly enough”.
“Gators made one more play”? Nah, Mullen outcoached Malzahn and the defense played big. Without Zuniga. Simple. Good game, AU. But there were some of us who knew it was coming.
And now, finally now, we’ll get some respect. CFP team? Not yet. Top 10 team? Absolutely. The defense was lights out. 2 FGs allowed after turnovers where AU practically started in FG range and one busted play TD. Absolutely amazing. And Mullen has just enough sauce to make up for the fact that we don’t have a real run game. Before the season began I predicted 10 wins not including a bowl. Finally we’re taking steps toward that. The only thing that could have made it better is if SDS had a betting app where I could have taken all the UGA trolls’ money...
**over the last decade lol autocorrect That’s why I would say “current” rankings
Yeah but information the last decade it hasn’t mattered isn’t the Overall outcome of our season. Sure, it’s nice to have another win, but there’s been few seasons since our championship years that we needed that win for anything.
Gotta agree with this one. No Ws except against UT. Of course this is a hard stretch to predict, but I don’t see USC coming up strong in 4 out of 5 close games. Lived long enough with Muschamp to know he has a knack for underperforming.
Ah that’s tough. I’ve been a UF fan since around ‘97 so I’ve seen both ebb and flow. I think from a vocal standpoint we hate the UGA neutered pups more than anyone — and that may be just because every year they’re even remotely good we get an earful until we eventually shut them up. But, in the depths of every Gator’s heart is a burning hatred for all things creamsicle. My personal picks for our current top 5 rivals: UGA, FSU, LSU, UT, Miami Wouldn’t have put LSU on that list before the last decade of insane and hotly contested games.
@joe - agreed, but I think fans who know football will be able to tell what’s what —especially on the UF offensive side of the ball.
IMO This game is way bigger than some think for UF. If we can’t answer the questions for our OL, tackling, and Franks here, I don’t know if we match our level of play from last year. Go Gators.
*rather than later
Man, I hope you’re right. Everything in me says that UF should be fine but I’m still waiting for a good drive or two from Franks that displays (like #4) a healthy balance of run and pass. Perine & Co. *should* be getting more out of each carry. I blame the O-Line, but I can’t wait for that group to click. It’s just a matter of time and I sure hope it happens sooner tatheethan later.
@CO Honestly, man it reminds me of the classic 40-yr-Old nobody that remembers “the glory days”... except for UGA those days haven’t been around for 4 decades. Lol they gotta make up for it somehow.
@Dawgs Interesting you brought that up. Since 1980, the Gators solidly lead the series 23-15. So, unless you’re over 50, neither of us remember a time that UGA could compare to the greatest university this side of the sun. Oh, and you know what else last happened in 1980? #itstoughtobeadawg
To be fair, I see most of the instigation coming from UGA fans. Best guess would be little brother syndrome — they love to start stuff (especially since they’re the better team for now). And we can’t help but talk right back