First things first, later today I'll have a full breakdown (rewind) of Florida's loss to Miami after reviewing the TV tape.
The blog will be a tad lighter on content this week as the UAA invoked a media lockout as there is no scheduled availability during UF's bye week. But there will still be daily updates and a couple fun pieces.
ICYMI: My piece on Florida moving forward. Check it out. Here's a teaser.
GAINESVILLE – Then No. 12 Florida’s harrowing 21-16 defeat to then unranked in-state rival Miami on Saturday was a much-needed statement win for the Hurricanes, but it also didn’t ruin UF’s season.
The Gators’ championship aspirations weren’t sunk with a single turnover-riddled stinker.
“We still have a lot of games to play this year,” quarterback Jeff Driskel said. We’re not out of anything yet.”
No they’re not.
The loss to Miami – which jumped to No. 15 in the Associated Press poll -- despite all its glaring warts, means nothing in the Southeastern Conference standings.
The path to Atlanta is still in front of the Gators, who dropped six spots to No. 18 in the poll.
Saturday’s defeat was Florida’s first in the month of September since a 2008 loss to Ole Miss -- the day of Tim Tebow’s famous ‘Promise’ speech -- and while there weren’t any pronounced declarations deep in the bowls of Sun Life Stadium, several Florida players exuded faith that things (see: offensive ball security) will improve over time. ...
NEWS & NOTES
Florida announced quarterback Jeff Driskel suffered a slight knee sprain in the second quarter of Saturday's game. The junior is on crutches this week as a precaution, but "will be ready for the Tennessee game next week."
Which leads me to... The Southeastern Conference officially announced the Florida-UT (Sept. 21) kickoff time Monday morning.
The Gators and the Vols will square off at 3:30 p.m. (CBS) in The Swamp with Uncle Verne rockin' the mic.
Some of you may have seen or heard about this, but look where Miami hilariously placed Florida's band in Saturday's game:
That's Coors Light cold.
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