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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...
Alligator Army Sep 11, 2014

Audio: Will Muschamp calls Gator Hotline as "Bill from Gainesville," jokes with Jeremy Foley

"Bill from Gainesville" wants a new guy to take over the Gator Hotline. This Thursday, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley took over Will Muschamp's usual duties as the figure being interviewed by Mick Hubert on Florida football's weekly call-in show, the Gator Hotline. And Foley did such a good job that one called — "Bill from Gainesville" — rang up the Gator Hotline to suggest a new permanent host. Here's the audio, via Scott Carter. For the uninitiated: John Calipari pulled a similar stunt in August, calling national radio host Mike Francesca's show as "John from Kentucky" to...
Alligator Army Sep 11, 2014
Florida vs. Eastern Michigan: Reviewing 25 predictions

Florida vs. Eastern Michigan: Reviewing 25 predictions

Hey! Many of these were right! It's nice to start the year by getting predictions right for a change... Florida will receive the ball to begin the game.Wrong. Eastern Michigan received. Florida will score in the first quarter.Right. Scored 17 points, in fact. Florida will lead by double digits in the first quarter.Right. Jeff Driskel will take every snap at QB for Florida in the first quarter.Wrong. Treon Harris came in briefly, running a Wildcat snap for one yard. Treon Harris will take more than five snaps at QB for Florida in the second quarter.Wrong. Harris didn't actually play a...
Alligator Army Sep 11, 2014
Chomping at Bits: Florida loses J.C. Jackson for 2014

Chomping at Bits: Florida loses J.C. Jackson for 2014

One of Florida's most promising freshmen will miss the rest of the 2014 season. 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. J.C. Jackson out for the year: Florida's cornerback depth goes from iffy to iffier. (Scott Carter, Carter's Corner | GatorZone) Roper looking for more from offense: You know, after scoring 58 points on offense. (Jonathan Czupryn, The Independent Florida...
Alligator Army Sep 9, 2014

Florida vs. Eastern Michigan, Theater of Operations: Defense, Treon Harris finish off Eagles

The Florida Gators posted their first shutout in a couple of years on Saturday, while a freshman quarterback burst onto the scene. There were a few question marks for the Florida Gators' defense coming into this year after losing a few key starters to the graduation, the NFL, and transfers. After one game, it appears that some of those questions are answered. The Gators' defense allowed 125 total yards, forced five turnovers, had three sacks and scored a touchdown on an interception return against Eastern Michigan on Saturday. On the defensive side of the ball, we're going to only look at...
Alligator Army Sep 8, 2014

Florida vs. Kentucky: Gators to wear orange uniforms, per Uniform Nation

The Gators will be throwing it back for their SEC opener, per our friends at Uniform Nation. Florida wears blue. Kentucky wears blue. But Florida wears orange, too — so there's something unusual for the Gators to do on Saturday against the Wildcats. And according to SB Nation's Uniform Nation, the Gators will wear orange jersey tops as part of their uniforms against Kentucky. Florida breaking out orange jerseys against Kentucky: pic.twitter.com/Uw80lSOtkX— Uniform Nation (@sbnuniforms) September 9, 2014 Florida's worn orange jerseys three times since 2005: In the 33-29 loss to LSU...
Alligator Army Sep 8, 2014

Florida vs. Alabama: SEC showdown set for 3:30 p.m. kickoff on CBS

The heavyweight bout nears. Florida and Alabama will play for the first time since 2011 on September 20. And they'll do it in the national spotlight. The SEC and CBS announced game times and TV assignments for the week of September 20 on Monday, and the two most frequent SEC Championship Game participants' clash in Tuscaloosa will be the game of the day — maybe not just in the conference — and broadcast on CBS at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Florida's games against Alabama of late have routinely been CBS specials. Its 2010 and 2011 meetings with the Tide in Tuscaloosa and Gainesville,...

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