Found November 04, 2013 on
Welcome to the first November edition of the Starting 11.
1. Florida is in real trouble
Two crazy stats: Ron Zook is now guaranteed to have a better SEC record than Will Muschamp after three years as coach.
Muschamp is now 0-7 in Cocktail Parties -- 0-4 as a Georgia player and 0-3 as a Florida coach.
The Gators have been to 22 straight bowl games, but a 23rd is not a foregone conclusion.
The Gators close with likely losses at South Carolina and at home against Florida State. That's six losses. Even this Gator offense can't lose to Georgia Southern, so that's the fifth win.
That means the Vanderbilt game this weekend will determine whether or not the Gators get to six wins to qualify for a bowl game.
2. Why, again, can't we start the playoff now?
I've been on this kick for a year now and wrote about it last week .
It never made sense to me that college football finally did the right thing -- created a playoff -- but held back from starting it for a ye...
BEST OF MAXIM
This Florida Gators fan is clearly nuts for football. In fact, he was so focused on the game (or camera) against Georgia that he didn’t feel the peanut shells just casually sitting there on his head, courtesy of the fan behind him:
Everyone behind him seems to notice the peanuts except the fan and his buddy standing next to him — tough luck.
It was another tumultuous loss for the Florida Gators on Saturday. The Gators looked to hit rock bottom in the first half only to make a game of it and fall short. As bad as it was, the Gators seemed to make a few strides in the second half that may be a sliver of hope for things to come. We talk about that and the issues they are still having on the message boards at FightinGators.com.
During this weekend's Georgia-Florida matchup, the cameras caught this poor fan getting a head full of peanut shells. We approve.
The feelings are natural and understandable. Any time a team that was projected to contend for a divisional title loses three in a row and hovers on the verge of missing a bowl game for the first time in almost a quarter century, frustration, disappointment and anger are going to spill out.
But venting those feelings, while cathartic, never really accomplish much.
So, with a homecoming...
My calm is my 15-month-old son. No, his name isn’t Tim or Percy or Danny or Reggie, but he’s awesome all the same. He’s at the perfect age where he loves the Florida Gators, but also doesn’t know they exist. I can say “Where’s chomp chomp?” and he’ll run to his playroom, find his football with the Florida Gators logo, run back to me, and point at the logo. He does...
Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray was spotted pointing to the scoreboard to remind the Gators that his team was enjoying a healthy lead.
At times, the Florida offense struggled getting down the field and making plays when it mattered the most. The 23-20 loss to Georgia knocks Florida out of the running for an SEC Championship, but quarterback Tyler Murphy has a lot to say about the loss and how to come back from it.
The Florida Gators have been plagued by bad coaching decisions and foolish penalties all season. The loss to the Georgia Bulldogs was no different.
Billy Donovan has warned about it since before the Gators opened practice. This Florida team has a ways to go on the defensive end. The Gators ended last season third in the country, allowing just 54.4 points per game. Limited numbers in preseason practice has the Florida defense off to a slow start after allowing 88 points to Florida Southern in Friday’s exhibition win.