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Week 7/ 4: #10 Florida Gators vs LSU Tigers (postponed from 10/17 to 12/12)

Discussion in 'Gator Football' started by Escambia94, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    The game scheduled for 10/17 has been postponed to 12/12. Prior to cancellation the Gators were an 11.5-point favorite with an O/U of 71.5 points. Florida (2-1) was -435 to win outright, and LSU (1-2) was +335. My prediction would have been a 48-36 victory for the Gators.

    The Gators lead the all-time series 33-30-3. The Gators and Tigers first met on 9/25/1937 in Baton Rouge, which was a 0-19 victory for LSU. The last meeting was a 28-42 victory for LSU in Baton Rouge. LSU and Florida have split their games with Dan Mullen at UF.

    When these two teams meet again in December, it will be interesting to note which team has made the necessary adjustments. Both of the offenses have been performing well in the passing game, but horribly in the run game. LSU is dead last on third down at 0/10 last week against Missouri and 9/39 overall. Both defenses have been horrible and are not worth describing here. Perhaps a two-week pause in athletic activities will give the Gators time to re-evaluate the defense for Missouri on 10/24 or Georgia on 11/7.
     
  2. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    I appreciate your efforts to carry on, brother...even MORE so your upbeat assumptions regarding its relevance.
    But personally, I feel we have already been robbed of a great deal of whatever “redemption” we might otherwise have expected, or at least HOPED for, from the return of Gator football this Fall to lift us from the otherwise “emotional wasteland” that was (and now once more it seems IS) our post-Covid desolation (AND a time of political friction and uncivilized vitriol, to boot).
    Yes, I am down. Sorry. I really AM finally inclined to back away entirely for a time; I KNOW I have become a tired, repetitive “curmudgeonly voice of doom” here, and fear I am by now more a part of the problem rather than the solution.
    Give me some recovery time; I’ll continue to watch, listen, read and consider. But I may not have much to say until I am fairly sure I have something new, hopeful and positive to add.
     
  3. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    (By-the-way, In-passing—Monitoring the SEC games almost IN-SPITE-of-myself, and all that:
    Will probably just watch a movie instead at SOME point here, but for the moment I AM following these SEC matchups on a Saturday afternoon. Two patterns continue to emerge:
    (1) ALL the SEC defenses (except Alabama, AND built-like-an-elite-SEC-clone Clemsen) are currently suspect, and
    (2) In most cases these all-SEC schedules are indeed in effect “feeding on themselves” in self-destructive fashion, from a “big picture” P.O.V.
    Still not sure how “good” Georgia really is, but though it “ain’t fair”, besides the Tide even a ONE-loss SEC team may not ultimately make the Football Final Four.
    One MORE reason this is shaping up to end up a “Bullsh*t Season” after all.
    Ah well. Unless that “One Loss Team” somehow turned out to be our Gators, I just wouldn’t give a damn, couldn’t care less.
    (Meanwhile, watching Muschamp and his South Carolina squad snatch another defeat from the jaws of victory—just watched US do it AGAIN OURSELVES last weekend; too many painful memories, old and new.
    We GOTTA get at least a MINIMALLY effective defense!)
     
  4. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    ...and now it’s Saturday evening and (can’t help myself) I’m watching UGA at Bama. Bulldogs are handling a clearly vulnerable Tide “bend-and-only-SLIGHTLY-break” defense—good enough to dominate the SEC when Tua was leading their offense but NOT with Mac Jones, it seems so far.
    Can’t quite bring myself to root for Georgia, but at least from “the hopeful GATOR fan’s” P.O.V., probably the smart play: Even with a dramatic reversal in the performance of our defense and a resulting clean run of wins all the way to the PARTY, only a win over an undefeated Bulldogs team there would bring us ALL THE WAY BACK, effectively reclaiming the 2020 season after all.
    NOT that that’s the scenario I’M counting on playing out from here.
    Sorry, but that AIN’T exactly the “flow” of things for or with us now.
    I just don’t know we even have the people available on our depth chart to pull OFF that miracle, for one thing.
    I SO want to be wrong—but in a time of repeated disappointment I cannot afford to count on self-delusion.
     
  5. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    “Bad Timing” Dept.:
    As Alabama and Georgia are fully demonstrating once more this season, this is a bad time in the SEC for teams to be dominant on offense but devoid of defense: There was a time not so long ago that perhaps the reverse was true—you could have a good record, play on New Years Day, but you couldn’t win Championships. Now the opposite may be the case—and in our case, without DRAMATIC mid-season readjustment and improvement, perhaps even THAT could be ultimately beyond our reach THIS year.
     
  6. DRU2012

    DRU2012 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Of course, the fact that UGA’s “4th-string QB makes good”-story coming apart in the 2nd half here sorta blows the whole deal; that, plus Bama at least having a RUNNING game offsets the whole “Defensive advantage” that had UGA AHEAD at the half. With the way Trask, Pitts and the rest have been slinging it around, give US a slew of INTs and a strong running game once we HAVE a lead and WE’D pull out the close ones too—even WITHOUT a defense...woulda won that A&M game, at least.
    Yeah, now Georgia is misfiring in EVERY area. They HAD this Tide team, and at THEIR place as well—but even WITH the superior defense they have managed to lose this one. Six minutes left but they are already beaten.
    Sigh. With a LITTLE defense and a running game we could manage Championship-level play even now.
    So wattaya THINK? Any chance a “shook up, rearranged and effort-redoubled“ Gator-squad return after this “involuntary hiatus” to “run table” and re-emerge a “winner” after all?!!
    I hate that I hope—but in spite of myself, a part of me just can’t help it.
    But even in what for them is apparently an “off year” defensively, Alabama showed here not only that (like Clemsen) they ARE still one of those very few “elite teams”, but that they DESERVE that continued reputation—AND whatever rewards (rankings, hype, whatever) come with it. We’re not there yet...and by the way, neither is UGA.
     
  7. Leakfan12

    Leakfan12 VIP Member

    Good News is Bama won, I know I know but Georgia lost gets the Gators a better chance (at least until they play Georgia).
     
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