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Week 11: #6 Florida Gators 63, Arkansas Razorbacks 35 - 11/14/2020

Discussion in 'Gator Football' started by Escambia94, Nov 10, 2020.

  1. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Just grind it on in, Gators. This is gonna be gravy, if you can convert here...
    TOUCHDOWN to Zipperer!
    Man, we really ARE just “OUTSCORING them”...Franks couldn’t do anything LIKE this on his BEST day.
    They’ll all be able to be “good sports”, shake hands, even hug their former QB after the game tonight.
    Because as long as they don’t let up, I just don’t see this getting back to being much of a contest...and I’m not even worried about “jinxing” us by saying so!
     
  2. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    That’s a 4TD lead in the 4th, right?
    Franks HAS to throw now—hurt thumb and all. I’ll be disappointed if we don’t get SOME KIND OF TURNOVER here before it’s done...
     
  3. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Yeah—run the ball, Razorbacks.
    SCOOP AND SCORE!!!
    What’d I TELL Y’all??!!!
    56-21. I think we’ll be ok in this one after all...and yes: We DID “respond” after all.
     
  4. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    GEEZ—That’s the SECOND time we let them score on that play!
    I mean, I don’t THINK there’s enough time left for them to come back far enough FAST enough to even “make it interesting”—But I’d HATE to try finding out!
    But this IS a chance for us to watch Emory Jones with an extended opportunity to run the Gator offense—for us to SEE it, and him to DO it:
    This might be a preview of NEXT year’s “look”, after all. So there IS an interesting aspect to this situation:
    Though we still have a stake in seeing our defense stiffen some the rest of the way, seeing Jones run this still-coming-into-its-own offense the rest of the way will not just be something concrete not just the fans but the COACHES will have to base THEIR contrasts and comparisons on when practicing and judging the progress of the REST of our quarterbacks next spring, but JUST as important maybe Emory himself will in this way gain great experience and make his OWN PROGRESS, giving a potential advantage next spring to HIM too!
     
  5. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    I think Emory plans on scoring again here ANYWAY. Yup! Throws the TD on the slant!
    63 points! Another unstoppable drive.
    We do have an offense.
     
  6. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    I do feel bad for Feleipe Franks, but if you ain’t a Gator, you’re Gator bait!
     
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  7. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    That’ll do it, gents.
    I mean, there’re 6 minutes left in this one, and with Filipe on the sidelines now there is NO CHANCE of us succumbing now after all.
    We had some crappy moments when they kept “almost matching us” score-for-score in the first half—if you call “one to them for every three for us” “almost matching”...but after that “drive to open the 2nd half”, we pretty well DISMANTLED them after that!
    Congrats—Gators (Even though Emory just threw a WEAK INT!).
    Let’s get OUT of here—with the win, if less “PRIDE” than we should have otherwise felt if this lead continues to shrink.
    I’m not gonna watch this sloppy ending on our part. We took care of business—impressively on the part of the first-string offense...LESS so the defense, of course. But I think we are going to be an underdog-with-a-shot when we meet Alabama in the SEC Championship—with Kyle Pitts, hopefully healthy across-the-board on BOTH sides of the ball and with their HEISMANN-contending quarterback leading them.
     
  8. Leakfan12

    Leakfan12 VIP Member

    Actually, that was Richardson that threw the INT, not Jones. Trask has to be a front-runner now since he was the only one to play today.
     
  9. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

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    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

  11. Leakfan12

    Leakfan12 VIP Member

    Once again, worried about the Defense. Good News the schedule is Vandy, UK, Tennessee, and LSU though Tennessee and LSU scares me.
     
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  12. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Yeah—THANKS! I realized that moments later: I’d stepped out front of my house to relax a little (on a mild eve) as I realized this one was finally “in the bag”...came back in and turned muted sound back up!:
    We are pretty damn good on offense, that much is pretty damn clear!
    ALL the various “media experts” were in stunned agreement on this for a change:
    As I moved around the dial I got a pretty uniform impression of solid agreement that Kyle Trask is “the real DEAL”, that our GATORS have truly arrived now as a formidable “Championship Offense”...
    As I said more than once, both in hopeful LEAD-up AND DURING THE ACTUAL GAME, it will take a wholesale improvement in our DEFENSE before I will TRULY BEGIN TO FEEL CONFIDENCE IN US AS AN “ELITE”-level PROGRAM.
    No matter WHAT, however, it is important to remember what IS “important” in the wider, “Big Picture” view of everything: I don’t care (nor am in any “moral POSITION”) to preach, so I’ll just talk about it from a simple, hopefully humble P.O.V.:
    I personally intend to FIRST: Try and consider and weigh the clearly POSITIVE RESPONSES THAT OUR TEAM HAS MADE ACROSS THE BOARD: Our OFFENSE KEEPS GETTING BETTER, but even our formerly inept defense, though still giving up too many BREAK DOWNS, ITSELF at least continues to grow and improve: albeit in fits and jerks, but if this continues as WE continue to “WIN OUT”, we still have a CHANCE TO FIND SUCCESS, even greatness THIS SEASON...But in the even “BIGGER PICTURE” of who each of us is and can be, it is important to at least TRY AND GROW AS A HUMAN BEING:
    For example, let us try and remember what we SHARE, and ALL have at stake—as citizens and human beings. We can, often DO, disagree—but if we can still come together with former childhood friends who went on to rival schools and became immersed in deep historical rivalries and long-standing grudges and resentments, yet are STILL able to come together in friendly fellowship when we DO run into each other “out there” (say at mutual friend’s places at the holidays “back in the old neighborhood”—all the MORE rare now on account of life, time, circumstance and further displacement courtesy of the pandemic), try to remember and behave accordingly when it comes to mutual respect and preserving the decency, freedom and long term reliability of living in a republic—with trust and the comfort of living in a free and peaceful nation.
    We have more that links us than divides us, in the final analysis.
    (...and THAT is as “political” as I will EVER get here, I promise.
    GO GATORS!)
     
  13. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    My bold prediction: Arkansas was the toughest opponent on the schedule between UGA and the SECCG. Florida's defense will tighten up against Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and LSU. The Grantham defense added features of the 46 Bear defense to counter Kentucky's and Tennessee's rushing attacks, and they will continue to sharpen their "spread defense" against Vandy's and LSU's passing attack. Granted, all of these teams will get some chunk yards when the Gator defense suffers through a couple brain farts each game, but I expect the brain farting to fix itself over time.
    • Vanderbilt is a mess with passing yards averaging in the 100s and rushing yards barely creeping above the 100s in yardage.
    • Kentucky is averaging a little over 100 yards passing and nearly 300 yards rushing, so the Gators should be prepared to stop the run as they did against Georgia.
    • Tennessee is averaging a little over 100 yards passing and 185 yards rushing against similar defenses over the past few games.
    • LSU managed 32 whole yards rushing against Auburn's similar defense. They did get 315 passing yards by alternating QBs.
    Overall I am pleased with the Arkansas game performance, I expected a 42-28 game and it ended up 63-35. In Dan Mullen's interview he mentioned wanting to score in the 3rd quarter because he was expecting the Razorbacks to score a couple times immediately after the half. Instead the Gator held them to 7 points and really only surrendered 7 points in the 4th not counting a garbage time score set up by an INT set up by a pass deflection (on Anthony Richardson's first pass attempt, no less).
     
  14. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Yeah—that LSU game concerned me TOO...BEFORE the Arkansas game, as I looked down the road (but quickly decided not to continue, figuring that applying the “one game at a time” approach precluded worrying about anything further now, and that “events would reveal what was worth sweating”, when the time came).
    Then came last night’s game—and at THIS point I am no longer that concerned: I am now convinced that presently we are at LEAST well-enough-equipped to, basically, “Do to LSU THIS season what they did to US LAST season!”:
    That is, our offense under Trask & Co. is quite capable of EASILY OUTSCORING and OUTDISTANCING whatever the current LSU squad can likely manage...and poor as our defense has looked at times, they continue to evolve, and even now have begun to show they can “rise to the occasion” when in-game circumstances demand it.
    Should we get and stay healthy AND continue steady overall improvement towards mid-December and the postponed date of our meeting with the TIGERS, I remain at present fairly confident that we’ll match up well against them.
    Of course, previous events (in football and LIFE!) , especially THIS LAST YEAR or so, have well-shown how EVERYTHING CAN CHANGE, drastically so—in a moment, injury, disease or disaster might strike, the universe shifts, the very ground we stand on shifts beneath us...All WE can do, like golfers, is to “play the ball as it lays”!
    And that is exactly what we will try to do.
     
  15. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    PS
    Something else worth noting—just in case I haven’t clearly noted it before:
    ISN’T the hiring of our present Head Coach turning out WELL??!
    (FINALLY, we seem to have gotten it right!)
    As such things often go, it isn’t just skill but FIT that makes the difference.
    All the WAYS it “FITS” are an amazingly appropriate and APT “fit” for US, Dan Mullens, and the Program.
    Despite ALL the obstacles and impossible-to-anticipate events, we have made dramatic and undeniable progress each year since his arrival.
    I urge the more “reactive” (some would say “kneejerk”) portions of our fan base, who sometimes tend to take extreme rather than reasoned positions the moment we encounter the unexpected set backs that well-designed and talented competition sometimes poses, I would say: “Hey folks! This is why we play the GAMES!”
    As for the competition we’re ALL in it for, as for example the mythical poster in the 17th century travel shops might have claimed regarding a trip to the New World on The Mayflower, “GETTING THERE IS HALF YE FUN, LADS!”
    Sorry for the levity, but the truth is in there: It is the trip itself, the very COMPETITION, the uncertainty, the long search for the right people and their long hard work getting themselves ready—for their OWN sake AND ours—it’s ALL an amazing process with elusive and unique rewards all their OWN as well.
    And WE are part of that. Have been, one way or another, since the moment we walked on Campus years back—for many of us in complex and elusive ways long before THAT. It is in our BLOOD.
    No use trying to soft-pedal it. You either “get it” or you don’t. Even on Campus there were those that dismissed the whole “rah-rah jocko mentality”! Thought it was mainly for “drunken frat boy idiots” and their airhead cheerleader girlfriends. In certain scholastic circles I was shunned once my long and enthusiastic “football-thing” inevitably came to the fore...I laughed it off—or debated my position, as the discussion demanded—but in the end, we indulged each other...That doesn’t seem to be how such “fundamental differences of framing and focusing on our contrasting points-of-view” are currently dealt with.
    On a personal AND societal level confrontation and mistrust more rule our public discourse now. In my opinion, that must somehow change.
    The way competing college fan-bases enthusiastically but nonetheless still mostly in-friendly-competition confront their contests seems a MUCH BETTER model for how depth-of-emotional fervor need NOT mean anything more than whatever the outcome ends up being on the field, along with deciding whatever larger eventual consequences might be ultimately “on the line”.
    We might have played a few “pranks” on each other “back in our day”—but those who went further (like the hated bullies we had to contend with back in the early 80s at “da Eww...” (UM)) were eventually SHUNNED...In the case of Miami, it got to a point where the complaints of fans, students and alumni got SO bad that the UF Regents finally voted to discontinue our annual game against them (for many years the first game on our schedule each season)—and except for a legislature-ordered meeting between our teams that finally took place
    back in the first years after the Millennium, it was thankfully not repeated until the start of LAST season; Although no longer suspended/“forbidden”, it is still no longer a regularly-scheduled meeting.
    I have recounted some of their unfortunate, destructive (even criminal) activities here in the past...The point is that we don’t NEED those or THEM, imho.
    Whether it’s the continued regular need for sanctions against the whole program (latest for pervasive gambling, and worse) or various childishly selfish sideline displays, many of us dread the day that kind of thing is brushed aside, allowed to be a part of things after all.
    For now, college football is an example of how serious emotional investment, and even its formal confrontation on a “field of play” between trained and organized representatives of competitors, is openly and safely set up and officiated, and its contested results accepted as “over when the final gun goes off”! Not always in good-nature or even “good order”—not fully, not always—but when it’s over, it’s OVER, except of course for the jawing out here. The internet has changed EVERYTHING in that regard, after all.
     
  16. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Literally.
    (And I NEVER “felt bad” for Franks during this game—not ONCE!)
     
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  17. Leakfan12

    Leakfan12 VIP Member

    In fairness, he did have a good game though Gator D made mistakes.
     
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  18. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Yes—and while we’re “being fair”, I softened my stance slightly post-game, when I SAW his deep connection to his former Coach and teammates on the sidelines—and then heard Mullens’ (in his post-game presser) detailed comments highlighting those “connections” and reminding us that “he’s a Gator...graduated and got his degree here, and really felt he NEEDED a fresh start...” First, the game was over, we had won big, and second, our Head Coach clearly held no grudges, on the contrary had helped in any way he could, was sincerely HAPPY for him, and even laughed in mentioning how former teammates on the defense enjoyed “finally being able to HIT him!” (a reference I assume to all those practices where he’d been wearing the “can’t hit him!” Red Vest...)
    If he and they can laugh it off, hug and move on, I don’t see why I shouldn’t TRY and follow their general lead, after-the-fact.
    (@Escambia94, :
    But I STILL get a good laugh from the now PARTICULARLY appropriate saying quoted by E- above:
    “If you ain’t a Gator, you’re Gator BAIT!”
    Boy, if that ain’t the BIG TIME TRUTH in THIS case! LOL
     
  19. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    I will never say anything bad about Feleipe (although I was just as frustrated as every other Gator when it came to his football decision making). When he broke his leg he stayed on the sidelines throughout the season. He played catch with the kids on campus while standing on one leg. He coached up his friend Kyle Trask on the sidelines. I watched him at the the FSU game last year dancing with his teammates on the sidelines. My wife said hello to Franks and gave Trask a high-five. On this day he was Gator bait, but on any other day he is a Gator.

     
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  20. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    After that amazing “HERE I AM!!!”-moment at the very end of his first Tennessee game a few years back, when he hit the “Hail Mary” to shock and BEAT them, let’s face it: He’d announced himself, SURE—but he’d ALSO set the bar WAY higher than it was reasonable to expect (himself OR US) to MATCH game in, game out...
    That was the “Book End High”, right at the start; by the time he was “shushing” the endzone crowds in The Swamp seasons later, well, THAT had to be the “Book End Low” at what would soon turn out to be “The End”, effectively: What ensued involved some strange combination of fate, destiny and/or KARMA, however you wanna call or define ANY of that—but there WAS a strange “sinking inevitability” to how bad it all seemed to turn so quickly, doncha think?
    Anyway, the operative word there in retrospect is “SEEMED”, right?
    ‘Cause, now that our RE-“collision” has come and gone, now that we’ve all seen and witnessed the full trajectory of ensuing events and their actual practical outcome for all involved, I’d say we can all live comfortably with the various “paths of reality” leading AWAY from the injury AND The Game, wouldn’t y’all?
    Maybe that’s a bit easier for a Gator to say—but Filipe has no big reason to be bitter...OR hang his head EITHER!
     

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