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Thought I'd take a look at each game to see if I could really understand Florida more. Here is what I found:
Thanks Sheriff. That was an excellent retrospect of the Gators season. I was at the UF/BGSU game in the swamp and it was not an impressive Gator victory, but Florida has greatly improved since that season opener. Muschamp will have the Gators ready to play, but Coach Strong will have our team prepared and motivated to beat his old school. This should be a hell of a battle.
Go Cards and bring home a Sugar Bowl victory!
StrongGatorCard: This kind of game has to be a tough one for you right?
I think this game is a lot closer than many experts have picked, but the Cards can't turn the ball over or give up big special teams plays to win.
Florida has really just played to many opponents' level this year. That bodes well for us imo. I think they'll come out flat.
No, I'm a UofL graduate, so I'll always be a Card fan 1st and a Gator fan 2nd.
I'm so proud of UofL and hope they play their best game of the season. Go Cards!
Thanks for taking the time to compile and post all that awesome info. I enjoy reading your stuff.
LouisVillian: I hope so, but really Louisville just needs to not turn the ball over and they need to stop the run. Do that and I think the Cards win, easier said than done.
StrongGatorCard: That's good to know!!!! Way to be loyal.
doggycard: I enjoy doing it so it's a win/win for those that also like to read it. I've got plenty more coming.
Thanks Sheriff , great breakdown.
Hummm! Gator ,Taste like chicken , but takes a licking .
Dude says "What up Dog , GO CARDS !"
Special teams scares the hell out of me, especially knowing that the Gators have arguably the best kicker AND punter in the country. If we trade defensive stops with them, they will likely flip field position on us, which will eventually result in easy UF scoring opportunities from short fields. Barring miraculously improvement from our punter and special teams coverage, I think the answer is we have to at least advance the ball down the field for a couple first downs each possession, even if we do not end up scoring on those very possessions. And, as stated repeatedly, Cardinal turnovers must not happen, because it's simply unrealistic to expect many Gator turnovers based on their season statistics. Good news is that the Cards have demonstrated a knack for taking reasonably good care of the ball.
Thanks Sheriff. Another stellar job at breaking down games. It seems like the general consensus is that Florida's offense is geared around the running game. It just so happens that the running game (sans Rutgers, which may mean improvement, or just Rutgers O-line being awful that game) is our major weakness defensively. Syracuse absolutely ran all over us, and their ability to also pass over us made them the ultimate opponent from a match-up standpoint. of anyone in our conference. Florida's passing game isn't startling, but I'd bet that they'd do a lot better with a Big East schedule too.
Our Special Teams has not been very special all year long, and this, to me, is the biggest concern going into Jan 2nd. If we allow UF to take a kickoff to the 40 or beyond more times than not, then we're going to be in big trouble.
The good news is that if we are able to manage their running game, we should be able to move the ball through the air on offense. We haven't been able to run well since Perry went down, so I'm afraid we're going to be relying on Teddy and the o-line quite a bit. I think we should be able to score on their defense, but the concern I had about Wallace all season long concerns me even more in this game. If it comes down to a kick, I'm nervous, because Wallace has very little lift on his boots, even on short ones, and that just makes an athletic ST group drool.
With UF's special teams having blocked punts and kicks galore this season, I think the game will come down to how well the lesser advertised groups play. Teddy and the receivers will do their part, but can Wright & Lamb get capitalize on the holes made for them? Can the O-line MAKE holes for them? Can the D-line put pressure on the QB and create some TFL by the RBs? Can we create a turnover or two? Can we prevent costly mistakes by the secondary? And lastly, can we tackle?
Us saying the Louisiana Lafayette game qualifies us as being able to stay with them in what is really rather meaningless game to them other than from needing the win to stay that highly ranked is about equivalent to them saying that our narrow defeat of Southern Miss and FIU qualifies them to slaughter us.
This is still the Sugar Bowl, the best that most players on the UF team have accomplished, unless they're seniors who went to the Sugar Bowl against Cincy, so I highly doubt that they're going to be as let down as the media and message boards let on. The fans might be disappointed, but I can't see the players doing that. Both teams are going to play at their best, if my intuition is correct.
I'm looking forward to the opportunity to match up against a team who has 2 national titles since our last BCS bowl game. Our fans will certainly show and support the underdog. We haven't really been a complete underdog (7+ spread) all season, so it'll be interesting to watch how a team that Vegas assumes is a 13.5 point underdog will play in the school's first ever Sugar Bowl. Looking forward to it, but nervous at the same time. I want us to have some positive momentum going into next season, and I don't want Charlie to have a 1-2 bowl game record.
This post was edited by Deep3Card 16 months ago
Keys - protect the football!!!!!!!! I'm confident that we won't THROW Int's - just don't have any tipped ones.
Make some plays against the run - bend a little, but not a lot!
Kick coverage, if we have to play field position, don't give up big returns.
Keep this game close and I think we have the heart to pull one out!
The only place I would rather be right now
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