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November 09, 2013

VIDEO: A snippet of Muschamp's press conference after loss to Vandy

GAINESVILLE -- A somber and dejected Will Muschamp addresses the media after Florida's embarrassing 34-17 loss to Vanderbilt on homecoming. 


Random Fact: With today's defeat, Muschamp is now 22-13 (in three seasons) as a head coach at Florida. Vanderbilt's James Franklin is 20-15 over the same time period. 

Gator Grades: Abject Failure

GAINESVILLE -- Before I re-watch the tape of Florida’s first home loss to Vanderbilt (34-17) since Harry S. Truman was president (1945), here are some rapid reaction grades.


What’s Murphy’s Law again? UF quarterback Tyler Murphy was essentially Vanderbilt’s MVP on Saturday afternoon, turning the ball over four times leading to 21 points on three short fields. Yes: Murphy threw for a career-high 305 yards, but most were in garbage time. Florida’s running game tallied just ONE carry over eight yards (Mack Brown’s 10-yard rush), while its injury-riddled offensive line allowed five sacks, nine tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries to the nation’s No. 59 defense.

Even a measly 3-0 deficit is a giant chasm to this unit.

In the end, Florida South-Carolina’d Vanderbilt -- emphatically losing a game it allows less than 200 yards on defense…


… That said, UF’s defense really wasn’t as nearly dominant as the stats (187 total yards, 4-of-13 third down conversions) indicate. Vanderbilt’s offense was more conservative than a Grover Norquist speech. Redshirt freshman quarterback Patton Robinette -- a backup - attempted just 12 passes (completing six) but made several key plays with his legs to extend drives. VU converted two key fourth downs and another couple game-altering third down conversions. 

Florida’s red zone defense -- albeit positioned in tough spots -- was woeful. The unit again lacked a sense of urgency, sleep-walking through most of the game. When UF’s loathsome offense found a sliver of momentum midway through the third quarter, its (seemingly) disinterested defense promptly handed the juice right back.


A muffed punt (recovered by UF, but still), another missed field goal (DRINK), three holding penalties and an offsides flag on an onside kick, yup, UF was bad across the board Saturday. Solomon Patton again had some nice returns (nearly breaking a squib kick for a touchdown), but otherwise it was a shaky performance by a regularly inconsistent group. 

Thoughts? Comments?


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Saturday Selections: Florida-Vanderbilt thread

GAINESVILLE -- Welcome home. 

It's homecoming weekend in Gainesville (just a gorgeous afternoon), as Florida hosts Vanderbilt in The Swamp -- its first home game in over a month. 


Last Saturday, CBS analyst Gary Danielson said (about the UF-UGA game): "It means so much because it means so little."

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

It's a de-facto-must win game for the Gators -- mainly to impress all these AdvoCare V100 Bowl (Shreveport) reps in the house. 

Players have voiced their support for coach Will Muschamp, but the team desperately needs to end its three-game skid. 

Not digging themselves an early hole would be a good start...

GAINESVILLE -- Florida (4-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) hosts Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4 SEC) Saturday afternoon (noon, FSN) on homecoming with two significant streaks at stake, and yet a 22-game series winning streak and bowl eligibility -- the nation’s second-longest active mark -- is not what concerns the Gators most this weekend.

Florida just wants to start fast, as asteroid-sized holes have plagued the Gators during their current three-game losing streak.

"It's certainly impacted the games as far as how we have relied on our defense in some obvious situations,” coach Will Muschamp said. “You don't put your finger on one thing and say it's this.”

Florida has been outscored 62-29 in the first quarter this season, including 41-12 in its four losses. Miami jumped out to a 14-6 lead; UF spotted LSU an 11-point advantage and UGA a 20-point head start.

The dangerous Molotov cocktail of a suddenly porous first half defense coupled with a consistently listless offense has burned UF repeatedly in recent weeks. 

“We've just got to go back and put our guys in better situations to play. And that's on us as coaches,” Muschamp said. “We've got to put our guys in better situations to feel more comfortable and react as opposed to think in some situations. That's the best way I can summarize it because in every game it's been a little something different. …We just need to coach better."

The Saturday Selections... 



Scoreboard: 35-20-2 ATS, 4-4 selecting Florida games

This week's six-pack:

Auburn (-7) at Tennessee 

Missouri (-13.5) at Kentucky 

Texas A&M (-18.5) vs. Mississippi State 

LSU (+12) at Alabama  

Wisconsin (-7) vs BYU

... Vandy (+10.5) vs. Florida. The Gators should -- and I believe will -- win this game, as Vandy is really banged up too. But I've watched Gators up close every weekend too, do y'all think they should ever be favored by more than a touchdown? 

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