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The Sunday Blog falls back

The clocks fell back and I woke up late after staying up to watch the West Coast games, so this comes at you a little late. Not that I’m apologizing. 1. The comparisons between Will Muschamp and Ron Zook will never die and one reason is that things keep happening that are so similar. Chalk up one more. The last time Florida beat an Associated Press Top 10 team when the Gators were unranked was 2004 when Zook beat FSU… Read More »

Dr. Football’s Mailbag, Georgia week

It’s time for Dr. Football’s Mailbag and all of the questions are appreciated. Keep them coming. I’ve heard some former players saying that our facilities aren’t that great and are in the bottom half of the SEC. Is this true? — Scott.  Scott: Obviously, I haven’t received a tour lately of all 14 schools but I think Florida is in the second tier behind schools such as Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn and LSU. I did receive a tour of Oklahoma’s facilities… Read More »

Dr. Football’s MailBag, Bye week

Looking into your crystal ball, who is head coach of the Gators for their season opener in 2015? — Chad.  Chad: Obviously, I received a lot of questions like this over the last few days along with a bunch of suggestions. Hugh Freeze, Rod Hudspeth, Steve Spurrier, Gus Malzahn, Kerwin Bell, Jon Gruden, Tim Tebow, Dan Mullen, Rich Rodriguez, Dana Holgorsen are just a few. I could make guesses but they would just be my wild guesses. The truth is… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, at least the weather is nice

The Sunday Blog comes at you with a much-needed bye week on the horizon, assuming nothing earth-shattering happens at UF and trust me, it won’t. Not this week. Not next. After that, we’ll see. 1. Maybe it was just me, but it didn’t sound like Jeff Driskel is going to be relegated to the bench for the Georgia game based on Will Muschamp’s comments after the game. Driskel is a really good kid and I hate this for him, but… Read More »

Dr. Football’s Mailbag, Missouri Week

Thanks for all of the great questions this week. Keep them coming. I’ve always thought the reason we didn’t win the ’09 National Title was that Dan Mullen left. He’s put in a lot of work and it looks like Mississippi State is over the hump.  At the end of this year, even if he only has one great year at Mississippi State, do you think his work at Florida and MS gives him enough credibility to make him the… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Seven

The Sunday Blog stayed up way too late, but there was football to be watched and I feel it is my duty. Also, the beers were still cold from my wife’s tailgate. 1. To me, if you are a sane voter and not an FSU homer, you have to vote Mississippi State No. 1 in the polls. The body of work is amazing. Dak Prescott is going to receive most of the credit, but that’s a pretty salty defense. The… Read More »

Dr. Football’s Mailbag, LSU Week

Dr. Football, are the shenanigans at the end of the UF-UT game common? Grabbing the center’s hand? — Ike. Ike: I’ve seen it before. On rare occasions, it has worked when the official didn’t see it. It was a heart-stopping moment when it looked like Florida had fumbled the snap, but the refs were all over the illegal move. Pat, as you pointed out, not all of the interceptions on Saturday were Driskel’s fault, but could be blamed partly on… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Six

The Sunday Blog comes at you very early in the morning after a trip that began with a canceled flight, an 8½-hour drive and very little sleep. That’s what Sunday afternoon is for. 1. I have to say that when you stand on the field at Neyland Stadium it is one of the coolest places in the country. Tennessee fans gave it their all as well from the checkerboard pattern in the stands to incredible noise on third downs. I… Read More »

Dr. Football Mailbag, Tennessee week

Why do these football announcers harp on how tired the defense is? “This defense has been out there for 14 plays; they’ve gotta be winded. First that long drive, then the interception on first down and they’re right back out there!” — MS. It’s a good question. I get it when the offensive team is passing because it takes more out of you to rush the passer than to block in protection. For example, on the 16-play Alabama drive in… Read More »

Dr. Football’s Mailbag, post-Alabama

Pretend you are a highly sought after coach at a smaller FBS school.  Which 2015 head coaching job is better… Michigan or Florida?  Discuss! –Steve. Steve: Good question. The competition is easier at Michigan but the recruiting base is much better at Florida. I think one thing any coach would have to consider is how difficult the SEC is. But I still think Florida is the better job. If I were to rank the best coaching jobs in America, Florida… Read More »