Gene Chizik: Florida is better than Clemson
The Florida Gators continued their offensive hot streak Saturday with the 38-17 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Quarterback Kyle Trask continues torching defenses, as he threw for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns against Derek Mason’s unit. That’s the most passing touchdowns through 7 games in SEC history. However, major concerns remain on the Gators’ porous defense, specifically in the secondary.
With the first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings coming out Tuesday night, the debate is starting to heat up. The SEC’s Network’s “SEC Football Final” crew, featuring Dari Nowkhah, Gene Chizik, Roman Harper and Chris Doering, gave their top 6 following Saturday’s results.
Currently, Chizik has Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Florida in his top 4, with Clemson and Texas A&M on the outside looking in. He was asked why he has Florida ranked over Texas A&M even though the Aggies won the head-to-head matchup. Chizik then said the Gators are a better team than the Clemson Tigers.
“First of all, I think Florida’s offense is national championship caliber,” Chizik said explaining his rankings Saturday night on the SEC Network. “I think since the A&M game, Florida’s defense has improved. Do they still need to get better? Absolutely, but they have improved.
“I think they’re better than Clemson. The last two games Clemson played has been a close game to Boston College and a loss to Notre Dame.”
Those are bold words from the former Auburn head coach. Chizik isn’t wrong about the Florida offense, but that defense struggles to cover and tackle air sometimes. It even appears Todd Grantham’s unit struggles getting lined up correctly on plays.
Nonetheless, all of this will play itself out in the coming weeks.