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Florida Residents please prepare



❏ Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.

❏ Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).

❏ Remove all yard signs from lawn (political, real estate, etc)

❏ Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.

❏ Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.

❏ Fill your car’s gas tank.

❏ Please make sure any debris/wood clippings are placed in the common area for pick up and NOT on the street. Placing this type of debris on the street can quickly cause a storm drain to become clogged which can result in flooded streets during a storm.

Michigan Game

More questions than answers resulted from the Michigan game. Perhaps the most serious, at least to me, is the injury status on DB Chauncey Gardner. The last report I saw indicated a MRI was to be done on Monday. The initial thought was the injury was a cramp, however it appears to be potentially more serious. Last evening, he could not put much weight on the leg and he left the stadium in a boot.

Michigan showed us that the Offensive Line is not the strength of our team. Far from it, the play from them I saw was disappointing, failing to open any holes for running backs and letting the Michigan Defense dominate the line of scrimmage. While Michigan racked up 215 yards rushing, our improved Gator running backs contributed 11 net yards. No typo, a total of eleven yards. We rushed 27 times, with an average gain of 0.4 yards per rush. Total offensive yardage from the Gators was 192 yards while Michigan netted 433 yards.

After reviewing the stats and the game, I agree with Coach Mac that “They (Michigan) took it to us. Give them their due.” He also noted that the quarterbacks didn’t play great, but that it was hard to do so when you are not getting blocking from up front.

I have to wonder how a unit, supposedly a strength of the team for this season was so dominated at the line of scrimmage. We looked a lot like turnstiles on several plays. Should we be concerned about our strength and conditioning program, as we were badly manhandled for almost all the game on the line? Depth, coaching ? A lot of questions remain to be answered.

Admittedly, this was our first game, against a team that was ranked considerable higher than we were, in a dominating stadium. We will learn a lot about the strength and character of the team, and our coaches, in the next three games. Tennessee may be a serious challenge for the Gators.

Franks our starting QB

Florida has finally named a starting quarterback, and that will be redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks.

During a press conference on Wednesday, coach Jim McElwain made the announcement that Franks will start ahead of Malik Zaire and Luke Del Rio in the team’s Week 1 matchup against Michigan.

Thanks Harbaugh….

There has been plenty of talk in recent weeks about Michigan not releasing an updated 2017 roster. Head coach Jim Harbaugh stated earlier this month the Wolverines would have tryouts for roster spots on August 28 with a final roster being published August 30 as he continued to needle the media wanting a look at current Michigan squad.

On Monday, Michigan released a roster with their game notes for the upcoming game against Florida. Unfortunately for folks wanting a look at the 2017 Wolverines, the roster included former Michigan players who are now in the NFL, not current players.

Gator SEC Basketball Schedule

The SEC announced the conference matchup’s for the upcoming season on Thursday. The Florida program is heading into the 2017-2018 season with momentum from the successful elite 8 campaign this past season.

Florida gets a chance at Vanderbilt early on as the Gators open up SEC play against the Commodores at home on December 30th. Vanderbilt had the Gators number last year by beating them twice in the regular season and in the SEC tournament. Knocking off the Commodores to start the SEC slate would provide positive momentum moving forward.

Florida has home-and-home series against 4 programs: Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia. The Gators will host Auburn, Arkansas, Mississippi State, and LSU at the newly renovated O’Connell Center. Florida will go on the road to play Texas A&M, Missouri, Ole Miss, and Tennessee.

Florida will close SEC play at home on March 3rd against Kentucky for senior night. The Gators had one of the best performances of the season at home against Kentucky last season and will look to have a similar showing against the Wildcats this season.

Here is a look at the Gator’s full SEC schedule.

Dec. 30 Vanderbilt. (Home)

Jan. 2 Texas A&M

Jan. 6 Missouri

Jan. 10 Mississippi State (Home)

Jan. 13 Ole Miss

Jan. 17 Arkansas (Home)

Jan. 20 Kentucky

Jan. 23 South Carolina (Home)

Jan. 30 Georgia

Feb. 3 Alabama (Home)

Feb. 7 LSU (Home)

Feb. 10 South Carolina

Feb. 14 Georgia (Home)

Feb. 17 Vanderbilt

Feb. 21 Tennessee

Feb. 24 Auburn (Home)

Feb. 27 Alabama

Mar. 3 Kentucky (Home)

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ESPN top 25

Ohio State
Penn State
Notre Dame
N.C. State
Washington State
Ohio State over Alabama at No. 1 is the obvious change here when you compare this poll to the official preseason ones. The Crimson Tide were on top of the Coaches’ Poll and should be on top of the AP Poll, too.