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A Saturday Blog

Just because I’m in the mood, a rare sighting — The Saturday Blog. 1. If you thought Alabama-Auburn was big before … the tag team of GusChamp vs. SabaLane should be something. I think Will Muschamp made the right choice, turning down a Houston program that is on the periphery of big-time football to stay in the SEC. It’s pretty amazing that Muschamp and new Florida coach Jim McElwain will be making roughly the same salary this season. But in… Read More »

Freeze never met with UF or received offer

Hugh Freeze has reached an agreement with Ole Miss on a contract that will pay him $4 million a year, according to reports. That would put Freeze out of the running for the Florida job. The question is whether or not he was ever a serious contender. There was no offer made to Freeze, despite numerous false reports that there was. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley never met with Freeze and if you know anything about Foley, he has never… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, wrapping it up

The final Sunday Blog of this football season comes at you after another season blew by us so fast you couldn’t time it. 1. If nothing else, Saturday night was affirmation that Florida needed to go in another direction. The inability of this coaching staff to develop an intermediate passing game was mind-boggling. Think about this — Florida ended the game with eight straight incompletions. One was flagged for pass interference to keep the drive alive temporarily, but it was… Read More »

Dr. Football’s Mailbag, FSU week

 This is the final week of Dr. Football’s Mailbag, but we will replace it with a new blog on Wednesdays. Thanks for all of the questions and stay tuned. During the BCS era we had to suffer through ESPN “analysts” railing on how the rankings were decided by “computer geeks and nerds” (such a lame comment, by the way) and the reduced emphasis on human input and the failure to place greater weight on the eye test. Now that we… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, down the homestretch

The Sunday Blog is now bowl eligible because everyone in the SEC is bowl eligible. Uh, sorry Vandy fans. 1. Seriously, what are they going to do with all these SEC teams? There are now 11 that are bowl eligible and it could be 13 if Tennessee beats Vanderbilt as expected and Kentucky upsets Louisville. The league has nine bowl tie-ins plus whatever happens with the College Football Playoff. Don’t worry. They’ll find spots for everyone. We have no idea… Read More »

Dr. Football’s Mailbag, Eastern Kentucky week

 This is the next-to-last Mailbag so if you’ve been waiting all year to ask a question, you had better get it in before Tuesday. Thanks again everyone. You summed up the S.C. loss as “Muschamp 101″ football, and that was dead on. Throwing only 11 passes against that secondary is mind-boggling; do you think that in the end he just couldn’t stop himself from trying to win his way, no matter how much the team struggled during the game? —… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, post-apocalypse

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a Saturday that lived up to expectations except for every final score. The wings were great and so was the company.  1. College football is an amazing sport. How else can you explain Georgia’s defense? One week they are manhandled by a one-dimensional Florida team and give up 38 points. Two weeks later, they give up a 70-yard drive to Auburn to start the game and then allow zero points the rest of… Read More »

Dr. Football’s Mailbag, South Carolina week

If Treon had not been suspended for LSU game imagine where his progress and possibly this teams record (maybe 1 loss?) would be — Tom.  Yeah, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened but remember that Florida was still a dropped pass and some secondary breakdowns away from winning that game with Jeff Driskel. The more interesting thing to me would have been to see what would have happened the following week against Missouri. But we’ll… Read More »

The Sunday Blog needs a nap

The Sunday Blog comes at you from our layover in Atlanta where I am working on no sleep. I wish I had a great story to tell about the postgame in Nashville, but I just couldn’t sleep. 1. The Stoops family always prides itself on defense, so Saturday had to be one of the worst days in the family’s coaching history. Bobby and Mark Stoops saw their two defenses give up a combined 111 points to Baylor and Georgia. The… Read More »

Dr. Football’s Mailbag, Vandy week

Thanks for all the questions for the mailbag. Keep them coming. If the Gators convincingly win out, win the East, and then the SEC championship game, what are the odds they make it into the playoffs as the 9-3 SEC champ? — Blake. Blake: It is amazing how a week ago the general feeling was that Florida would be looking for a new coach and now people are talking in a positive manner. It’s also refreshing for Dr. Football. The… Read More »