Paul Finebaum explains why Dan Mullen's Florida honeymoon could be short-lived
Florida is trying to pick up the pieces this week following a shocking upset against Kentucky on Saturday, which snapped a 31-game winning streak in the series for the Gators.
In an interview with JOX 94.5 Monday morning, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum said some in Florida didn’t treat the game as important as they should have.
“It was pretty bad,” Finebaum said. “I don’t think Florida fans really took Kentucky seriously. I happened to be on the set with one Saturday morning, and Kentucky is just a gnat on their arm at the Fourth of July picnic. Just shoo it away, and it will eventually be gone.”
Florida is facing an uphill climb, and something the Gators must face with a dose of reality given the upcoming schedule. They get Colorado State this week in Gainesville after the Rams scored 25 straight points and erased an 18-point deficit last week in a win against Arkansas.
One easy thing to do for a first-year coach or staff is look to the predecessor, something Florida has had plenty of chances to do in the last decade. Finebaum said the Gators can’t do that, and must move on, and get ready for a tough stretch in the schedule, specifically going on the road next week for the first time.
“Here’s the problem for Florida: You can blame all of this on Jim McElwain just like you blamed everything on Will Muschamp just like Will Muschamp blamed everything on his predecessor Urban Meyer. But at some point, you got to take a good look in the mirror to figure out who you are and where you’re going. As important as that game was, let’s flip the calendar to two weeks from now (Tennessee) and then September 29 — road game at Tennessee and road game at Mississippi State, and suddenly, Dan Mullen’s Honeymoon could be short-lived.”