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Alligator Army 8 hours ago

The Gator Rater: Understanding Florida's production grades against Alabama

They didn't come to play school. But we're grading the Gators anyway. Florida did not play very well against Alabama — you could end the article here if you wanted to, really. But there's always an underlying tale to the tape. We decided to peer into what worked, what didn't, and which components of Florida's roster let them down. It's easy to generalize and ask obvious questions: "The run game needed to be better" or "The secondary should not be on fire" are fun to say, and "Why does Driskel have a scholarship?" is a fun sarcastic question to proffer. Taking a closer look at some of the...
Alligator Army 11 hours ago
Chomping at Bits: Treon Harris isn't ready to be the starting quarterback

Chomping at Bits: Treon Harris isn't ready to be the starting quarterback

We're back talking about the quarterback position, "Third" Down For What and Waffle House. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find. Got a link we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. Will Muschamp sticks with Jeff Driskel: For better or worse, right? Also, I'd like to see what the older crowd thinks of the quarterback situation and not just those on social media. (Richard Johnson, The Independent Florida Alligator) Driskel...
Alligator Army Sep 30, 2014

SEC Power Poll, Week 6: Florida slips to No. 12, will face No. 11 Tennessee

The Gators aren't getting any respect, whether they deserve it or not. Its (first) bye week may have helped Florida off the field, but it didn't help them in voters' eyes: The Gators slipped to No. 12 from No. 10 in the SEC Power Poll. Florida sits ahead of just Kentucky and Vanderbilt among the SEC's 14 teams, according to the Power Poll's voters, and with just 40 points from 12 voters, currently has the same view it had at the end of last season — behind No. 11 Tennessee. The Vols moved up despite a second straight loss. Florida will obviously be able to change some minds if it wins on...
Alligator Army Sep 30, 2014
Florida vs. Tennessee: Every game is a

Florida vs. Tennessee: Every game is a "must-win" for the Gators and Will Muschamp

The talk of the Gators needing to win this weekend at Tennessee ignores a simple fact. Florida must win this weekend at Tennessee to keep Will Muschamp's seat, hot as Hades as it is, from incinerating. And then it must win next weekend against LSU to stay in position to win the SEC East. And it must win against Missouri in two weeks to get revenge for a 2013 beatdown and take down a team that will be no less than tied for the lead in the East at that point. And the Gators have to beat Georgia to prevent Muschamp from falling to 0-4 in that border war. And ... well, you get it. Florida's...
Alligator Army Sep 29, 2014
Florida vs. Tennessee: Opening line favors Gators, but odds shift to Vols

Florida vs. Tennessee: Opening line favors Gators, but odds shift to Vols

It looks like Florida is going to go into Neyland Stadium as an underdog. On Sunday, Florida opened as a 1 to 1.5-point favorite over Tennessee for the two teams' clash in a checkerboarded Neyland Stadium. Florida opens as a 1-point favorite over Tennessee.— Richard Johnson (@RagjUF) September 28, 2014 But the money started moving even then, and a full field goal swing in Tennessee's favor has occurred. From @OddsShark: Florida opened as a 1.5-point favorite over Tennessee. It's now a 1.5-point underdog http://t.co/OF00bWtgdw— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 29,...
Alligator Army Sep 26, 2014
Bye Week Friday Festivus: Jameis Winston, and what more he and we must do

Bye Week Friday Festivus: Jameis Winston, and what more he and we must do

We're running a series of posts airing grievances on this Friday. Do feel free to join us. In a different world, Jameis Winston would be my favorite college football player — like I thought he'd be, when I wrote about him in August 2013. He would be a great player, and a great quote, and a compelling person, one with a penchant for mischief, mostly harmless, that has brought him into silly and ultimately insignificant contact with law enforcement. Seriously, in that world, all of Winston's youthful indiscretions — carrying a BB gun around in Tallahassee, using the BB gun to play-fight...
Alligator Army Sep 19, 2014

Florida vs. Alabama: The evolution of the Crimson Tide defense under Nick Saban

Florida's greatest challenge on Saturday? Alabama's defense. But college football's structural shifts have left that defense struggling to stay great. Florida’s schedule rolls on (Ha, get it, like Roll Tide? Rolls on? You’ll get it) with Alabama this week in Tuscaloosa. In recent years, the thought of playing against Alabama has filled opposing teams’ fans with hopelessness and despair. However, this is not the Alabama of 2011 – even ‘Bama fans will tell you that. So I sat down with Roll Bama Roll’s Benjamin Litvin and Josh Chatham to uncover the absolute truths and dispel the...
Alligator Army Sep 19, 2014
Chomping at Bits: Jeff Driskel stands at the crossroads

Chomping at Bits: Jeff Driskel stands at the crossroads

Florida's embattled field general faces one of the biggest battles of his career this Saturday. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find. Got a link we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. Jeff Driskel faces a make-or-break game: He came to Florida for these sorts of games, though. (Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report) Can Florida follow the formula for beating 'Bama? Their personnel might work for it. (Neil Shulman, In All Kinds...
Alligator Army Sep 18, 2014

Florida vs. Alabama: Here's another incredible hype video

It is possible, and maybe probable, that Florida's video guys are way, way better than we expected.
Alligator Army Sep 18, 2014

The Kurt Roper Challenge, Week Four Standings: thekiltedwonder takes an early lead

It's time for the release of the first official standings for the 2014 Kurt Roper Challenge. We're two games into the season (sorry there wasn't an update last week) and so far we know a couple of things: the Gators' offense is much improved and Jeff Driskel is still Jeff Driskel, for better or worse. But that's beside the point of this post and I'm sure will beat that topic to death throughout the season anyway. For now, let's just talk offensive yardage. Specifically the yards gained in the first two games of the Gators' season. I feel obliged to point out that we're going to be using...
Alligator Army Sep 17, 2014

Video: Florida vs. Kentucky, The Gator Rewind

GatorVision just keeps topping itself.
Alligator Army Sep 17, 2014
Florida vs. Alabama: Hope and faith

Florida vs. Alabama: Hope and faith

Hope isn't enough for most Gators fans. Florida has to restore some faith on Saturday. I want Florida to beat Alabama. Doesn't every Florida fan? Increasingly, I think what we want as fans gets lost in frustrations about what we expect or project as a class of semi-professional pundits, but I really do think we mostly want Florida to win every game it plays. Why wouldn't we? Wanting a team to win is the primary point of having a rooting interest. That gulf between wanting a team to win and believing a team can win vexes us. It is the difference between hope and faith. Alabama is clearly...
Alligator Army Sep 16, 2014
Florida vs. Kentucky, Theater of Operations: The Gators' defense shows weaknesses in close win

Florida vs. Kentucky, Theater of Operations: The Gators' defense shows weaknesses in close win

The Florida Gators' defense allowed 450 yards in a triple overtime win against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday. Well that went badly. Largely thought to be the strength of this 2014 Florida Gators football team, the defense nearly blew things for the Gators on Saturday against the Kentucky Wildcats. The defense allowed 450 total yards, including 369 (8.2 yards per pass attempt) through the air as the Wildcats' air raid offense dissected the Gators' young and untested secondary for large portions of the game. Miscommunications, coverage breakdowns and dropped balls were a large reason why...
Alligator Army Sep 16, 2014

Kurt Roper and his wife joke about homeliness of sports reporters, are probably right

Florida's offensive coordinator and his wife think sports reporters are homely. YEAH BUT WELL UH COME ON rats. Kurt Roper's meetings with the media have been generally compelling affairs since he became Florida's offensive coordinator in December 2013. He's a funny, gregarious guy, and he has story after story to tell — it's a welcome change from the less loquacious Brent Pease, who was also, it should be noted, having to answer for a less effective offense. Roper's sense of humor is also great, as he proved again Tuesday. Kurt Roper married a sports reporter. "She's looks a lot better...
Alligator Army Sep 16, 2014

Florida vs. Kentucky, Theater of Operations: Matt Jones has his breakout performance too

Matt Jones rushed for 156 yards and scored the game winning touchdown in a performance that was largely overshadowed by a great receiving day. Matt Jones finally had the performance that we were all waiting for him to have last Saturday night against the Kentucky Wildcats. Jones, who wasn't really healthy at all last season, rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown on Saturday in what was probably his best performance as a member of the Florida Gators. But then again, when looking back at his game-by-game statistics you can see that he loves playing against the Wildcats defense. Last season he...
Alligator Army Sep 15, 2014

Florida vs. Kentucky: Was that good, bad, ugly, or something else entirely?

Are there more than three possible interpretations of Florida's win over Kentucky? The optimist in me has the strongest voice. You all know this. It's why I'm suffuse with hope, bullish on chances, almost always looking for the bright side of anything — even if it's not Florida sports. That guy thinks Florida went through a crucible last night, and will be better for it. Florida hasn't won a game like this in two years. Last year, Florida lost four games like this, four games that were decided by one possession. Miami. Georgia. South Carolina. Georgia Southern. Throw in an LSU game that...
Alligator Army Sep 15, 2014

Florida vs. Kentucky, Monday Morning Film Study: The sky is not falling

♫ We're up all night to get lucky / Went to OT with Kentucky ♫ The Monday Morning Film Study is a new feature from Trevor Sikkema that will examine some of the key concepts from Florida's games. It will run on, er, Monday mornings. Probably. Well, that happened. Florida was able to barely squeak by a Kentucky team that gave the Gators all they could handle down in Ben Hill Griffin. But that result created a lot of negativity among Gators fans befuddled as to how and why Kentucky was able to contain Florida so well and push them to the wire. After all, this was "just Kentucky," right?...
Alligator Army Sep 14, 2014

Florida vs. Kentucky: SEC says referees used "proper mechanics" on delay of game call

Florida snapped the ball with zeroes on the clock in double overtime against Kentucky. The SEC says that's fine. Florida's game-tying touchdown in overtime in its 36-30 win over Kentucky on Saturday night was controversial almost immediately, because it almost didn't happen: The Gators appeared to snap the ball with zeroes on the play clock, which could have produced a delay of game penalty forcing them to replay that fourth down. pic.twitter.com/oTFWqBtBKu— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) September 14, 2014 But referees didn't throw a flag, and Jeff Driskel found Demarcus Robinson in the corner...
Alligator Army Sep 14, 2014
Florida vs. Kentucky, Theater of Operations: Demarcus Robinson has the night of his life

Florida vs. Kentucky, Theater of Operations: Demarcus Robinson has the night of his life

Demarcus Robinson had the best receiving day for a Gator since 2002 in the Gators' 36-30 triple-overtime victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. Demarcus Robinson saved the Florida Gators last night. If he doesn't have the night he has, the Gators more than likely lose. They probably lose big at that. Robinson ended the night with 15 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and it was exactly what the Gators needed. With those numbers, Robinson became the first Gators receiver to have back-to-back 100 yard games since Jabar Gaffney in 2001, and the first receiver to have a 200-yard day since...
Alligator Army Sep 12, 2014

Florida vs. Kentucky, Theater of Operations: Taking a quick look at the Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky hasn't beaten Florida since winning 10-3 in 1986. Do the Wildcats have a chance to end the streak tomorrow night? If the Kentucky Wildcats are going to beat the Florida Gators for the first time since winning a defensive game in the mid-80's, they're going to have to rely on their passing game. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, that falls right into the Gators' hands as the Gators have arguably the best pass defense in all of college football. While the Wildcats have had some success running the ball (they've used six different rushers in splitting 80 carries for 466 yards and 7...

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