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For the first time in a long time, public perception not favoring the Florida Gators

GAINESVILLE -- One day after an up-and-down performance aided by turnovers, the Gators fell two spots in The Associated Press Top 25 and one place in the Coaches' Poll on Sunday.

Florida (2-0) is now ranked No.10 by the writers and No.7 by the coaches. The Gators begin competition in the Southeastern Conference on Saturday with a road game against the University of Tennessee at General Neyland Stadium. The Volunteers lost to the Oregon Ducks of the University of Nike 48-13 on Saturday.

In the writers' poll, Florida was jumped by No.7 Oklahoma and No.9 Iowa. In the coaches' poll -- the poll that factors into the BCS formula -- No.6 Oregon moved ahead of both Florida and Nebraska. 

This is the second straight week Florida has fallen in the polls despite winning. Florida began the season ranked No.4 by the writers and No.3 by the coaches.

Florida is currently suffering from something I like to call post-Tebow skepticism. After two weeks of being propped up by its defense against inferior competition, there is a growing sentiment around the country that UF is overrated.

Are the Gators overrated or is No.10 in the writers' poll and No.7 in the coaches' poll about right? I've got a feeling UF will be a second-half-of-the-season team this year. One thing is clear today: Upon further review, that season-ending rivalry game against Florida State seems a lot more winnable.

-jo-

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Jo,
Let the Haters Hate. We played grimy, in-your-face SEC football...the results speak for themselves; a win is a win. This team reminds me of the 2006 Championship team that had a filthy Defense and an Offense that did enough to win games...not to mention that we squeaked into the NC game that year towards the end. Something similar to what you referenced in your article: "second half of the season team." You think we can win 1 of 2 against Alabama this year? This Blog is surprisingly empty, clean and insult-free. I wonder why? Crickets...

Right now, the team is not playing at a high level overall - there are some bright spots...but I cannot say we deserve a better ranking right now. There is still a long way to go and if deserving the rankings will reflect that.

I think the ranking is about right. I was just telling a buddy that I expect this team to get better each week. I think we could be really good by the end of the season, just hope we don't lose 2 or more while we are improving. Anyways, was very happy with the progress yesterday and will be in Neyland looking for us to go 3-0! GO GATORS!!

The AP poll doesn't mean a damn thing. The coache's poll does. That is the only one I care about.

Neither poll means much at this point of the year. Win and everything will fall into place. One thing I'm still certain of is that Alabama game on the road is not winnable for the Gators this year. I just hope they don't get embarrassed the way FSU did at Oklahoma.

last week the polls moved oklahoma down
became gaga over fsu against samford
went bizerk over Boise St v VaTech (why can't JMU be mentioned in the BCS talk now?)

The polls are even more assinine since "knowledge" spreads quickly on the internet. If there was ever a need for a 16 team playoff it would be now

As for UF, I think they are very beatable on the road right now. But their schedule is the easiest its been in years if you take out Alabama. It is going to take time until the coaches feel comfortable playing in their own skin, but this team has the potential to beat anyone in the second half of the season.

just win, baby

I pretty much agree with what everybody above me has written. We're a young team getting better every quarter. We're not good enough to beat Bama right now, but even if we lose to them in October, if they keep winning and we keep winning against everybody else, we would have a shot at them in the SEC title game. By then, we will have some experience and chemistry, and they will probably be underestimating us, and then... SHAZAM!: WE PULL OFF THE UPSET OF THE YEAR!!!

Good insight and thoughtful commentary all around here for a change--absent the normal 'Cane Obnoxiousness (Gosh, I wonder what could have sent them scurrying back to their cracks in the base-boards...), I guess this is what sanity looks like. Anyway, I'm with the rest who believe this Gator team is a "work in progress", still learning, growing and finding itself. They'll be a powerful force by season's end; we're bound to stumble before then, though, you can feel it. It'll be how many times they come up short in the next 4 to 6 weeks that will determine how much this year's Gators will be playing for at the end. NEXT year, a BCS Championship. You can feel that coming, too.

Thought I'd come out of my crack in the wall to say gonna be a long season when you start playing SEC teams. Get used to dropping in the polls.

Hey GAYTOR

INTERIORALLY

looking forward to having Nixon back at tackle and Hill at free safety.

we'll need both for the SEC season

Hey Joe,

I think the slow start is due to the evolution in play calling. The triple option stuff simply has to go (e.g. shuttle pass inside). Once the coaches get sold on the traditional drop back, hand-off, pitch-out play calling, I'm certain the offense will optimize. Defense looks good and special teams look OK (good not great). Given all the question marks coming into the season I think the Gators are where they should be right now. I believe they will improve markedly as the play calling improves.

As a follow up topic of discussion - Looks like South Carolina is the team to beat in the east. That Lattimore kid is a beast, they've got big receivers, and a solid defense. If Spurrier is going to do it, it has to be this year.

I see 4 things the Gators need to improve on:

1. Running game. We need to get either Moody or Gillisee at least 15 touches consistently.Running backs need touches to get better.We need to be able to sustain long drives and rest the defense. Meyer needs to pick someone and go with them.

2. Spread the ball in the air: We have Hammonds, Debose. Thompson, Moore, Hines, Clark, Reed. Let's not just throw to Thompson 80% of the time. Lets run some reverses for Debose and Clark and get them involved. When we get inside the 20 lets throw some balls up for Moore and have him use his height.

3. Linebacker play: there seems to be a hole in the middle. We need the linebackers to be more consistent.

4. Lastly and most importantly: pass rush. Duke Lemmons and Trattou are average. These guys will not get it done in the SEC. We need to get some other guys in there.

Hey Joe,

I think the slow start is due to the evolution in play calling. The triple option stuff simply has to go (e.g. shuttle pass inside). Once the coaches get sold on the traditional drop back, hand-off, pitch-out play calling, I'm certain the offense will optimize. Defense looks good and special teams look OK (good not great). Given all the question marks coming into the season I think the Gators are where they should be right now. I believe they will improve markedly as the play calling improves.

Posted by: Gator Dude | September 13, 2010 at 08:33 AM
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I agree. No more shovel pass! This play had its day and that day is gone. A well-coached team like USF simply isn't going to take the bait with Brantley at QB. Like you, Gator Dude, I agree that the play calling is going to improve as the season progresses. Personally, I think Meyer needs to loosen the reigns a little bit and let Steve Addazio do this thing. Addazio comes from a traditional offensive background, so this offense should be right up his alley.

Five things that MIGHT help the play calling (but what do I know):

1. NO MORE SHOVEL PASS!
2. Use Jordan Reed more often at tight end.
3. Let Trey Burton focus on one position instead of eight.
4. More play-action.
5. Identify someone who can make a catch downfield (35 yards or more).

-jo-

As a follow up topic of discussion - Looks like South Carolina is the team to beat in the east. That Lattimore kid is a beast, they've got big receivers, and a solid defense. If Spurrier is going to do it, it has to be this year.

Posted by: Gator Dude | September 13, 2010 at 08:40 AM
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As a follow up to your follow up :), I've identified three things that could possibly lead to a national title run for the Gators.
1. Stopping Trent Richardson.
2. Stopping Mark Ingram.
3. Stopping Marcus Lattimore.

Also, who here thinks Arkansas is overrated and is going to lose to Georgia on the road this Saturday (other than me, of course)?

-jo-

Nice opinion Jo. While some people might scoff at your 3 point list, it's not unreasonable. Let's say hypothetically that UF completely shuts down all three of those guys. Gotta believe there would be a very impressive record win loss record in december. Too bad college football isn't that predictable. You just never know when some "evil genius" is going to out game plan you or when your young kids will come out and puke all over themselves. It's why CFB is the most exciting sport there is. NFL? Hard hitting action with amazing athletes. But the outcomes are too predictable.

Good insight and thoughtful commentary all around here for a change--absent the normal 'Cane Obnoxiousness (Gosh, I wonder what could have sent them scurrying back to their cracks in the base-boards...), I guess this is what sanity looks like. Anyway, I'm with the rest who believe this Gator team is a "work in progress", still learning, growing and finding itself. They'll be a powerful force by season's end; we're bound to stumble before then, though, you can feel it. It'll be how many times they come up short in the next 4 to 6 weeks that will determine how much this year's Gators will be playing for at the end. NEXT year, a BCS Championship. You can feel that coming, too.

Posted by: Dru2012 | September 13, 2010 at 03:23 AM

I agree. In fact, it looks like the discussion we used to be able to have on our boards before Curse of Art Kehoe took over and destroyed conversation there.

We are still here, waiting to see if he attacks again. While he keeps the peace, we will too. Again, I have no issue with the real Gator fans, and I appreciated reading ATL Gator's comments about Jacory Harris. My issue is with one guy that removes the chance for discussion on our blogs. If he is truly gone, I will claim victory and move on.

Great commentary Joe! I like the fact that turnovers have been few and far between, especially from Brantley. I like the agressive D too.

What's the deal with Will Hill? Man he must've really tweaked somebody to get benched like this.

Regarding Arkansas, I like them against 'Bama in a few weeks. That 'Bama D hasn't faced many big, seasoned passers going back to last season. I think Mallett (sp?) will be a big challenge for them.

The Gators are ranked about where they should have been starting the season, after losing Tebow and 9 other starters to the NFL and Charlie Strong. The defense is playing surprising well after losing Charlie and so many starters from last year. Hopefully the offense will continue to get their $hit together over the next 2 weeks and show they deserve to start moving up in the poll. If they are undefeated on October 3rd, they will definitely have the voting pundits respect and be in the top 3 again!

We are still here, waiting to see if he attacks again

Ha ha I know you are LOSER

Every dam year..
Every year some CLOWN(s) think S. Carolina is the team to beat. Yeah right.
Every year... in 2 weeks they will have thier 1st loss.
Every year... in 4 weeks they will be switching
QBs
Every year... in 6 weeks they might be above .500
S. Carolina will NEVER win an SEC East title.
Just give it up already1

Every dam year..
Every year some CLOWN(s) think S. Carolina is the team to beat. Yeah right.
Every year... in 2 weeks they will have thier 1st loss.
Every year... in 4 weeks they will be switching
QBs
Every year... in 6 weeks they might be above .500
S. Carolina will NEVER win an SEC East title.
Just give it up already1


Posted by: Football Guy | September 13, 2010 at 02:47 PM
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I just don't think South Carolina will win an SEC title while Stephen Garcia is at the school. That guy is a joke, in my opinion. I mean, he's a chain smoker for crying out loud! I think SOS calls him the Marlboro Man. Maybe he'll prove me wrong this season, but in years past he hasn't had the heart. I don't think that's a personal attribute you can acquire in one year.

-jo-

Yikes, relax pal. My point was, if Spurrier is going to do it, he'll have to do it this year, because his talent will dwindle next year.

I saw that Lattimore kid truck that UGA defense on Saturday. Just giving the blog a re-direct.

Sheesh -- quit chasing the 5-hour energy with the Starbucks Football Guy.

Ditto for the most part. A much more pleasant blog without all the Cane turds in the punch bowl. Just a couple of things to add:

Brantley is locking on to his receivers and just isn't very polished. He is improving and has a great arm; needs improvement on his decision making at times.

Linebackers are very quick, but small. I agree that a tough running team like Alabama or South Carolina could keep the ball for long stretches and cause the Gators problems. Still, the defense could be special this year with all the young talent getting better and providing good depth. The new DC appears to be doing well so far.

I'm headed up to Knoxville for the game this week and look forward to not hearing Rocky Top too often.

Really, Gator trash? You play horribly against inferior opponents and that translates to winning "SEC" style? Don't insult the SEC with your typical arrogant garbage. You and your coach remain the laughingstock of our league.

Vila whip you by double-digits this Saturday. If you have fallen six spots after victories, think how far you will fall after the loss.

Go 'Cocks. Gators are swamp donkey trash.

Please dude. LOL!
How many SEC titles have you all won? LOL! Better yet, how many National Championships have you all won?
I think we all know the answers to those questions. LOL!

Don't come on here and act like King $hit all right Princess. LOL! Go to ACC where the Gamecocks belong. LOL!

LMAO!

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