Athlon has released their preseason prediction. For the Florida Gators:
From Athlon Sports’ College Football Preview mag:
“Florida’s hopes of a third consecutive SEC East title likely will revolve around the development of Feleipe Franks at quarterback (written before the addition of Malik Zaire). The Gators have been able to lean on a standout defense over the last two seasons, and while there is promising talent stepping into bigger roles, the 2017 Gators D returns only three starters and has a new coordinator.
“After finishing near the bottom of the SEC in scoring over the last two years, Florida will need more from its offense — which is very possible if the quarterback play improves. This is still a team with issues, but the Gators will remain in the mix to win the still-relatively weak SEC East for a third straight season.”
Athlon Sports is projecting the Gators to finish 8-4, second in the SEC East, and be invited to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte vs. Louisville.
Florida baseball: Kevin O’Sullivan named national coach of the year
Author JORDAN MCPHERSON
After leading the Florida baseball team to its first national championship in program history, Kevin O’Sullivan was named Collegiate Baseball’s National Coach of the Year.
The Gators have become a national powerhouse in the last 10 years under O’Sullivan. Florida has reached the NCAA Tournament every year and clinched a spot the College World Series in six of the past eight seasons — more than any other team during that span.
This is the fourth backup quarterback LSU has faced in the last four weeks. They remain undefeated.
Treon had 4 days to prepare for the starting quarterback role. Even in 4 weeks, you cannot coach in height.
Prior to the game, Les Miles has coached 46 games at night in Death Valley. He has won 44 of the 46 games. Now he is 45 and 2 at night.
In addition to the above, the officiating in this game was not the best I have seen. While not as bad as the Swindle in the Swamp, there were several game changing calls and non-calls that took control of the game rather than facilitating the game. I was really dissppointed in the officiating. It amazes me that we drew the same team of officials in two of our six games.
While our Gators lost, I was really impressed with the fight this team showed. They never quit. They played their hearts out for the full 60 minutes. I am very proud that Coach Mac encouraged each player as they left the field, telling them to hold their heads up. This team has nothing to be ashamed about.
The Gators still control their destiny. The coaches have two weeks to let the team heal, develop an innovative game plan that capitalizes on the strengths Treon showed against LSU, and work on helping the team learn from the mistakes they made in this competitive game.
Monday, 12 October, was a day of true sadness for Gator Fans. A historical legend stepped down from coaching the game he loves and a legend in the making admitted a serious mistake that results in him stepping aside as the starting quarterback for our Gators for, possibly, 12 months.
The greatest offensive minded head coach ever in college football, Steve Spurrier, announced it was time for him to step aside. The Ole HBC is the only head coach to both win a Heisman Trophy as a player and coach another to a Heisman Award. This occurred while he was at the University of Florida. I was fortunate to attend every home game the OBC coached at UF. The greatest Gator home game ever in the Swamp is available at the Gator Video Page. He has earned the respect and admiration of every fan who has entered “the Swamp.”
From his retirement press conference:
Watching Coach Mac’s press conference was the same as watching the air deflate from Tom Brady’s football. Will Grier had to face the media and the Gator Nation and admit to his error. He took an over the counter supplement that contained a banned substance. As a result, the NCAA automatically suspends Grier for one year. While having the same penalty for an over the counter substance anyone could purchase as would be imposed for illegally possessed steroids or street drugs. Grier’s mistake was in not checking with the medical or training staff before taking the supplement. One year suspension seems to be an excessive level of punishment, especially when you consider Todd Gurley was suspended for 4 games and Tunsil is eligible to return after a 7 game suspension. Both Gurley and Tunsil knowingly and intentionally committed acts they knew were violations. Grier has been at UF for over a year, been tested numerous times, and never had a problem before which indicates he was not using and PED long term. During his red shirt year in the conditioning program, he added 20 pounds, again not indicative of an unusual weight gain for this young man. His academic record is reportedly very good, his background has no reported disciplinary problems. He is obviously remorseful and stood up to face the consequences. Watch this excerpt from the press conference:
Now it is time to get behind Treon Harris. The Gators are still in control of their destiny. Time for the Gator Nation, in all kinds of weather, to support our team.
The Florida Gators took care of Ole Miss in the Swamp and had a really impressive win against Missouri in Columbia. Not many picked the Gators to even be in this game, yet the Gators won 21-3. Kudos to our Defense – they played a great 60 minute game. This performance bodes well for the rest of the season – the Gator D may need to keep us in the upcoming games.