As the calendar has now flipped to November 1st, this much we know: the Gators are the only state school that controls it’s own destiny to win their division, the conference title game and potentially find themselves associated with the three letters, C-F-P.
Now before you chuckle at the last part of that lede, we at F.F.I. understand it’s a long shot. A real long shot that the young squad with a first year QB (Luke Del Rio), that has yet to win a significant true road game and that is about to play at Arkansas and now, at LSU in two more weeks, will get it done. But, as the saying goes, “that’s why you line up and play the games.”
On Monday afternoon, Florida head coach Jim McElwain addressed the media and you could tell right away how he feels about the current state of his team off the Georgia win and headed to Fayetteville, AR this Saturday. This as, the Head Gator spent the first few moments of his presser trying to joke with/determine which media members would get how much Halloween candy.
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McElwain got to the Arkansas game, etc. shortly after, but it’s obvious that his mood is “chipper” with how they are playing and where they are in the standings.
And, again, the win Saturday in Jacksonville over the Bulldogs was fine, but it wasn’t the hostile enemy home turf that Florida will face against the Hogs this week, much less Baton Rouge on the 19th. Sandwich South Carolina in the middle (who just upset Tennessee Saturday) and it will be a gauntlet of games to get to 7-1.
But with the Gators defense playing with intensity and showing off it’s speed all over the field, they should, should we write, be able to hang in while in enemy environment. Then again, Joshua Dobbs and the Vols rolled them, big time, in the second half in Knoxville.
Time to find out if Florida has learned from/improved from that Saturday in Knoxville. If they have and keep winning, it all lays out for them.