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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 »

Wednesdays With Dr. Football, the last one of July

Wednesdays With Dr. Football is taking a final summer break next week if by taking a break you mean driving to the Panhandle to speak to Gator Clubs. 1. Is it me or is Florida getting too much love during the talking season? I’m as bullish as anyone on the 2014 Florida team. I think the talent is there for a really good season but the schedule is difficult. It just seems that everyone has that opinion, that Florida has… Read More »

Wednesdays With Dr. Football, is it August yet?

Wednesdays With Dr. Football comes at you a bit late because today there is so much going on. My gosh, football season must be around the corner. 1. I was watching a couple of interviews with Charlie Strong during Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday and it’s pretty clear he has taken a lot of Urban Meyer with him. He has cordoned off the Hook ‘Em display in the locker room and players can’t get near it until they’ve earned… Read More »

SEC Media Days: Ranking the presentations

As I wrote for the Friday paper, there wasn’t a lot of sizzle to these SEC Media Days. The coaches really were the show because of the lack of name players. How’d the coaches do? Well, it’s time to rank the 14 SEC coaches based on their presentations in the main media room at Media Days. 1. Steve Spurrier: The ball coach cracked us up a few times. The stuff about the Alamo was classic Spurrier. “I always thought Davy… Read More »

The return of Wednesdays With Dr. Football

After a week in St. Augustine and a week focused on the Bob Dooley Invitational, Wednesday’s With Dr. Football returns and will be with you until the start of the season. It’s football time. 1. I submitted my All-SEC ballot on Tuesday. It was weird because we had to vote for eight offensive linemen and six linebackers and four running backs and rank them. Anyway, the Gators I had on there were Jeff Driskel, Vernon Hargreaves III, Dante Fowler Jr.,… Read More »

Wednesdays With Dr. Football, Vol. VI

This is the last Wednesdays With Dr. Football for a couple of weeks as I have some vacation coming. But it will resume live from Hoover, Ala., during SEC Media Days. 1. So I put on Twitter that I was going to list the five Florida players who must come through for this to be a big season and asked for responses, And, of course, Will Muschamp’s name came up. So did Jeremy Foley’s. Some of you are not going… Read More »

Wednesday’s With Dr. Football, Vol. V

Wednesdays With Dr. Football is a weekly feature to help you get through the summer until the real football kicks off. 1. I have known Chris Leak since I went to his home in Charlotte, N.C, and sat with him and his dad for hours before his freshman season. So I hope this move that Florida made will not backfire. I understand that we are less than four weeks from SEC Media Days and it would be difficult to go… Read More »