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Alligator Army 3 hours ago

Florida vs. Georgetown, Game Thread: Can the short-handed Gators hold back the Hoyas?

Florida's got a seven-man rotation with six scholarship players again. Will it be enough against Georgetown? Florida's first game in the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis tips tonight at 9:30 p.m. Eastern on something called AXS TV — which you will have to find on your cable or satellite box, to be sure, though channel listings are below — as the Gators take on Georgetown. And that's a recipe for defeat, especially given the Gators' deficiencies up front. Monster center Joshua Smith — whom you may remember as a tree in UCLA colors that Erving Walker memorably fired a shot over in the 2011 NCAA...
Alligator Army 12 hours ago

Florida vs. FSU: It will not matter that the Gators missed a practice

And so did the calls for an IPF begin anew. Torrential rains in Gainesville yesterday — seriously, it was raining from about 10 a.m. until about 10 p.m. — scuttled a lot of plans for the precious few people still in town. And Florida's football team's plans to practice were among those washed away. I meant to type up a clever IPF tweet yesterday but forgot. No worries, UF had to scrap second outdoor practice in last two weeks anyway. — Thomas Goldkamp (@ThomasGoldkamp) November 26, 2014 Florida also didn't practice outdoors once last week, while preparing for Eastern...
Alligator Army Nov 25, 2014

Florida vs. FSU: A win won't save Will Muschamp, but it would change his legacy

If Florida beats Florida State, it's going to be awesome. But it's also going to be awkward. Entering the 2014 season, I was asked, in about as many forums as exist for Gators fans, "What does Will Muschamp need to do to save his job?" It was the question of the offseason for Florida fans, and for observers watching the program, even if that question's structure implies a level of control coaches don't actually have — Muschamp needed to coach his players well enough that his team won eight or nine games. I spent the offseason using 8-4 as the point of inflection for Florida: If the Gators...
Alligator Army Nov 25, 2014

Florida coaching search: Cross off Bob Stoops, Chip Kelly, Mike Gundy, per Pat Dooley

The Gainesville Sun's old lion has some lines to draw through your dream Florida coach lists. Pat Dooley, Sage of Gainesville, tweeted out the first substantial reports from local media on Florida's coaching search Tuesday morning: Three more names to cross off Gator coaching search -- Brian Kelly, Bobby Stoops, Mike Gundy. — Pat Dooley (@pat_dooley) November 25, 2014 And get off the Chip Kelly bandwagon. He has a "show cause" until Christmas day. Florida is not hiring a coach with NCAA issues in his past. — Pat Dooley (@pat_dooley) November 25, 2014 Stoops and Gundy...
Alligator Army Nov 24, 2014

Florida vs. FSU: The Gators opened as underdogs, but the line is falling

Most of the money coming in is on the boys in orange and blue. When betting lines for this week in college football were released on Sunday, Florida was a 10-point underdog to Florida State. Florida State opens as a 10 point favorite over Florida. #Gators — Richard Johnson (@RagjUF) November 23, 2014 That has changed, and in a hurry. It's still Monday but current bet splits from @BetCRISIntl show that 94% of early action for #UFvsFSU on the dogged Gators (+10.5 to +7) — Todd Fuhrman (@ToddFuhrman) November 24, 2014 It's not just BetCRIS (which I've honestly never heard of) that has...
Alligator Army Nov 24, 2014

Florida vs. FSU: The 2014 SEC West is better than the 2008 ACC Atlantic was, duh

And that there's even a discussion about this illustrates the #goacc mentality. On Saturday, Arkansas stomped then-No. 8 Mississippi, 30-0, for its second straight shutout victory. The red-hot Hogs, who have given up 17 points over three games against ranked teams in November, and could hand the SEC East to Georgia with a win at Missouri on Friday, moved to 6-5 with the win, meaning that the entirety of the SEC West is bowl-eligible for the first time in conference history. Arkansas was essentially locked into last in the division two weeks before Halloween, thanks to an unfathomably brutal...
Alligator Army Nov 23, 2014

Florida vs. FSU: Rivalry showdown to kick off at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN

The Gators and Seminoles are getting the afternoon spotlight on The Worldwide Leader. Florida and Florida State will kick off their rivalry game at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN this Saturday, the SEC announced. The game's start time had been in flux, and dependent on results from last weekend in college football. It will be the fourth straight 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Doak Campbell Stadium in the history of the rivalry. Florida beat FSU, 37-26, in that last 3:30 kickoff in 2012, in perhaps the high-water mark of Will Muschamp's career as the Gators' head coach, and is 2-1 in Tallahassee since 2008,...
Alligator Army Nov 22, 2014

Florida 52, Eastern Kentucky 3: Gators cruise in Senior Day goodbye

After a semi-feisty first quarter, it was an easy home farewell for the Gators on this Senior Day. It was a fine farewell, if not exactly fitting, as Florida beat Eastern Kentucky, 52-3, on Saturday in The Swamp, on a bittersweet Senior Day. Florida struggled early with Eastern Kentucky, failing to get much of anything going with Treon Harris at the helm and a running game sputtering for much of the first quarter. Strong defense and special teams kept the risk-happy Colonels — who faked a punt, fumbled three times on one drive, and onside kicked in the first period, then later ran...
Alligator Army Nov 22, 2014

Florida vs. Eastern Kentucky, Game Thread: Let's get this over with

No one wants to be there. No one is there, really. So the Gators will battle apathy and Eastern Kentucky this Saturday. My 25 predictions for Florida's ... wait, there's a really a game today? I guess it's at noon on the SEC Network or WatchESPN? Huh. Treon Harris will account for at least two touchdowns. Harris will rush for more than 70 yards. Matt Jones will lead Florida in rushing yards. Jones will also lead Florida in yards per carry. Florida wide receivers will have at least 150 receiving yards. Quinton Dunbar will catch a touchdown pass, because of course. Harris will have under...
Alligator Army Nov 22, 2014

Florida vs. Eastern Kentucky: Breaking down the Colonels (and their hype video)

Trevor wrote that Florida wins KFC's secret recipe if it wins today, but I think he was lying. Florida's Saturday matchup (noon, SEC Network / WatchESPN) versus Eastern Kentucky isn't just noteworthy because it will be Will Muschamp's last home game as head coach: It will be Senior Day as well. At least 24 Gators will be playing their last game in The Swamp, but we're sure to see a few underclassmen take off for the NFL after the season, so this could be their final home game, too — we already know it will be Dante Fowler Jr.'s last ride. But Florida's currently riding a one-game losing...
Alligator Army Nov 21, 2014

Florida 61, Louisiana-Monroe 56: Gators get ugliest win of the year in overtime

Ugly dubs are still dubs. Florida trailed Louisiana-Monroe by 12 on Friday night. The Gators trailed at halftime despite a 10-0 run into the locker room. They coughed up an eight-point lead in the second half by allowing two stunning threes in the final minute. And in overtime, Florida won. It was a hideous win, this 61-56 "triumph" over a team closer to the bottom of Division I than its top 100, at least according to KenPom, and Florida shooting 32.7 percent from the field — without Eli Carter and Dorian Finney-Smith, in fairness — was only the start of it. Monroe made nine of 25 threes,...
Alligator Army Nov 21, 2014

Florida vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Game Thread: No one get hurt

Florida's playing with six scholarship players. Again. Friday night's game against Louisiana-Monroe (SEC Network / WatchESPN) was supposed to be Florida's first full step out of its early-season struggles. Chris Walker would be back — and he is — and the Gators could play with something verging on a full rotation against the Warhawks. Except Dorian Finney-Smith will stay out after suffering a hairline fracture in his wrist last Friday, and, well: Eli Carter (foot injury in Thurs practice) out of 2nite's game vs LA-Monroe. Devin Robinson to start. #Gators http://t.co/tKg9jYoQGG—...
Alligator Army Nov 21, 2014

Florida Gators coaching search: Be patient, and don't fall for the pump fakes

Nothing is happening. Really. Just be patient. There are three primary drivers of traffic for college football media outlets. One is recruiting, which is why there are three major subscription-based recruiting networks, and why ESPN will keep on trying to make recruiting coverage happen. Another is writing about the hot seat, or why a coach should be fired, which is why there were so many "Will Muschamp must go"-type pieces over the last 18 months — discontented fans want their discontent to end and their opinions validated, and they'll click and share those pieces in a heartbeat. The...
Alligator Army Nov 19, 2014

Florida vs. South Carolina: Special teams, philosophy doom Will Muschamp's Gators

We all just wanted him to be good. But Will Muschamp's approach, and key special teams errors, cost Florida a win over South Carolina. In the final must-win game of the Will Muschamp Era, Florida embarrassingly gave away a fourth quarter lead and out South Carolina-ed South Carolina for the Gators' third home loss of the season. In this game, we learned a few things. First, Will Muschamp will not be coaching the Gators next season. Second, playing to not score as many points as possible is really dumb. Third, you can fumble a ball forward and still score a touchdown. Who knew on that...
Alligator Army Nov 18, 2014

Don't panic: Florida basketball will be fine, despite falling to Miami

A shorthanded Florida team losing to a really good team that got hot down the stretch? Inconceivable! Entering Monday's game against Miami, the Florida Gators sat at seventh in Ken Pomeroy's rankings. With Monday's loss to Miami, Florida fell ... to eighth. That's about how much it matters to the best college basketball efficiency rankings that the Gators succumbed to a barrage of Angel Rodriguez threes — and I felt pretty sanguine about the defeat even before checking KenPom this morning. Very little about that loss felt good, as Trevor noted in his recap last night. Florida's offense...
Alligator Army Nov 17, 2014

Miami 69, Florida 67: Gators haunted by familiar problems

Florida's 33-game home win streak snapped as Miami overcomes a 15-point deficit to shock the Gators at home. Florida began their in-state bout versus Miami on a 9-0 run. They maintained that lead until just under four minutes left in the game. After that... It just got ugly. Eli Carter and Michael Frazier II looked as routine as you could be scoring 24 combined points for the game, and were even perfect from the field (11-for-11) with seven minutes left to play. But in those last seven minutes, the two were nowhere to be found going a combined 1-7. It was Jon Horford who tried to play the...
Alligator Army Nov 17, 2014

Florida vs. Miami, Game Thread: Yes, the Gators play basketball, too

Dorian Finney-Smith will be limited for the Gators tonight. It's been busy. I don't have a full-fledged preview of Florida's game against Miami (7 p.m., ESPNU / WatchESPN) for you. But I do have this insight from The State of The U. Miami's coming off a season in which its record and performance, while not impressive on an objective level, were really good relative to talent and experience. How did the 'Canes do it in 2013-14? Andy, first of all it is excellent to see someone outside of Coral Gables who recognizes what an accomplishment last season really was. What Coach L and staff did...
Alligator Army Nov 17, 2014

Florida Gators coaching search: Where will integrity, bottom line meet for Jeremy Foley?

Florida prides itself on providing "a championship experience with integrity." Hiring a football head coach will be a test of how critical that pride is to the Gators, and Jeremy Foley. When Joker Phillips was "forced to resign" this summer, over alleged NCAA violations committed while on the recruiting trail, I wrote this about Florida's fealty to "the right way." Doing things "the right way" — or, at least, keeping "Florida" and "NCAA violations" as far from each other as possible — matters a great deal to Florida, and especially to Jeremy Foley. There aren't many other schools...
Alligator Army Nov 16, 2014

Will Muschamp, Jeremy Foley issue statements on "stepping down" from Florida

Here's exactly what Florida's outgoing coach and athletic director said in Sunday statements. Via GatorZone: Will Muschamp "I appreciate the opportunity that has been offered to me and my family by Dr. Machen, Jeremy Foley and the University of Florida. I was given every opportunity to get it done here and I simply didn’t win enough games – that is the bottom line. I’m disappointed that I didn’t get it done and it is my responsibility to get it done." "I have no bitter feelings, but this is a business and I wish we would have produced better results on the field. We have a great...