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The Sunday Blog, Week Four

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a long drive from Tuscaloosa to Prattville and the anticipation of another long drive to come home. We need a bye week as much as Florida’s football team. 1. Plenty of late emails and tweets. I read them all. I get it. And, yes, I was clearly wrong when I told all of you Gator clubs in August how Jeff Driskel was going to be an all-SEC quarterback. I’m not afraid to admit… Read More »

Dr. Football’s Mailbag, post-Kentucky

Hi Pat. I noticed that VH3, Antonio Morrison, and possibly others, had words written on the black eye patches like Tebow use to do. I was pretty sure they banned that in 2010 after Tebow made it so popular. Was the ruling overturned in the offseason?  Not a huge issue but I was surprised when I noticed it. — Zach Daniel. I noticed it, too, and wondered the same thing. The rule was put in after Tebow graduated (they didn’t… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Three

The Sunday Blog comes at you after getting to the Dooley Dome at 1:30 a.m. (I knew it was late because there were two deer in my driveway) and then staying up to watch the DVR of the game. I don’t think I’m going to make Sunday Night Football. 1. After watching the game again, two observations about my favorite subject — officiating. Florida snapped the ball on its fourth-down touchdown in the first overtime after the clock hit zero.… Read More »

Dr. Football’s Mailbag, Week 3

Maybe I’m jaded from all of the injuries (last year/1st game -Humphries & McGee) & I know its Big Boy football but explain to me why you would risk injury by having VH3 on kickoffs? He is such a key defensive player especially with the young secondary that I just don’t see the benefit. — Brandon Brandon: I have to admit when I saw him running out there for the first kickoff I was surprised. Florida’s coaches obviously feel it’s… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Two

The Sunday Blog stayed up way too late on Saturday night/Sunday morning but it’s college football season and that’s going to happen a lot. 1. I wrote in the Back Nine last week that I wasn’t going to start talking College Football Playoff until we were deep in the season but that was before the Big 10ish had a Saturday of historical proportions. And not in a good way. The conference has basically been eliminated from one of the four… Read More »

Dr. Football’s Mailbag, Week 2

It’s time for another edition of Dr. Football’s Mailbag. Keep those questions coming and don’t forget that your question doesn’t have to be about Gator football. It can be about a play or a team or a trend nationally or in the SEC. 1. It seems like the suspensions were on the surface meaningless since it’s going to be a one play suspension. Am I missing something? — Rafa (on Twitter). We’ve seen this before. Players suspended for the 2004… Read More »

The Sunday Blog returns, Week 1

The Sunday Blog comes at you but we still have games to play this weekend. Gotta love this time of year. 1. At one point on Saturday, I was sitting on my couch going back-and-forth between entertaining early games and I just started giggling. Maybe I need some help but the return of college football is just so wonderful. And, despite Florida’s weather problems, it has been a glorious start to the season. I do wonder if UF fans will… Read More »

Dr. Football’s Mailbag, Week One

Thanks to all of you who sent in questions for Dr. Football’s Mailbag. I’m looking forward to the ones next week from the first week of the season. Finally, we will have some real football to talk about. Will we learn much from the first three games of the season or do we have to wait for the Alabama game? — David Lawson. David: I don’t think we’ll know a whole lot unless it’s not good. In fact, I’m not… Read More »

The final WWDF of the summer

This will do it for Wednesday’s With Dr. Football and we hope it has helped you get through the summer. Football season starts next week and we’re going to try something different. See No. 5 for details. 1. The Braxton Miller injury was stunning news on so many levels. More than anything, I think it eliminated Ohio State from the College Football Playoff picture. Because of their softer-than-rotten-bananas schedule (one top 25 opponents vs. seven for Auburn and six for… Read More »

Wednesdays With Dr. Football … and one to go

Wednesdays With Dr. Football comes back after another week off and this is the penultimate one. But we’re going to have so much stuff going on during the season you won’t miss it. 1. It’s one thing to predict the teams that will make it to the College Football Playoff or who will win each conference or each division. Here’s an exercise for you — try picking the bottom four teams in the SEC this year. Last year, they were… Read More »