Gators Stink While Stumbling Past Miami
So much for visions of a SEC Championship game appearance, being a possible playoff contender, challenging Georgia in the East and, heck, even beating Missouri. Maybe even Tennessee.
The Florida Gators 2019 football team opened its season against the Miami Hurricanes as the lone primetime game to start the season and instead of coming out and impressing the nation, they caused near heart attacks for their fans.
In short, they stunk.
Let’s face it: if Miami had even a halfway decent quarterback, the Hurricanes would have won in a rout. Other than its defensive front, the rest of Florida’s D was horrible. The linebackers and defensive backs could not tackle and the cornerbacks could not cover Miami’s mediocre receives. A quality quarterback would have shredded that defense.
The offense was just as pathetic. The ultra-conservative game plan was designed to play not to lose, rather than to win. It showed Head Coach Dan Mullen has no confidence in his quarterback, and Felipe Franks showed why with a horrible interception late in the fourth quarter that should have lost the game.
Sure, Franks threw a nice long ball on a touchdown, and when he’s running a play without having to make any reads he can be a capable quarterback. But force him to make a decision and the guy crumbles like a breakfast muffin.
And this, folks, was the preseason #8 team in the nation. At the very least, the Gators showed they are the first team to be overrated to start the season.
The Gators have LSU, Georgia, Missouri and Auburn on the schedule and have to go to Kentucky. Play like they did against Miami and they won’t win any of those games. Go “chomp chomp” on that for a while, Gator fans.