The Next Six

The Gators are about to start a really rough stretch of their 2014 football schedule. Two road games in a row and four of the next six opponents ranked in the Top 25, a lot will be known about this team after this stretch.

Sept. 20 Alabama vs. Florida in Tuscaloosa, AL (3:30 P.M. on CBS)

Southern Miss @ Alabama (3-0, 0-0 SEC) 52

A little bit of a slow start saw Alabama turn on the jets and cruise to an easy victory as expected. Don’t expect any kind of quarterback rotation this week unless the score or injury dictates it. Blake Sims is the guy at Alabama but make no mistake the running game will be the mainstay of the offense throughout the year and they amassed 333 yards against Southern Miss on Saturday.

Stock Report: Alabama is ranked second in the country and after a better game from West Virginia than they thought they would get, they are playing at the level most have projected them at. STOCK EVEN.

Oct. 4 Tennessee vs. Florida in Knoxville, TN (time TBA)

Tennessee (2-1, 0-0 SEC) 10 @ #4 Oklahoma 34

The Vols hung tight for quite a while in the contest, although the score was probably closer than the action was on the day. Aided by a 43 yard run by freshman Jalen Hurd, the Vols did rush for 112 yards, but they still only average 3.4 yards a carry after giving up five sacks. The offensive line is a concern. Quarterback Justin Worley was okay until giving up a 100 yard INT return at the end of the game. The defense was also okay against a vaunted Oklahoma offense, but the Sooners did amass 303 yards passing in the game. Tennessee plays Georgia next on Sept. 27.

Stock Report:The Vols got a little dose of reality this past weekend after flying high the first two weeks. Still, they played tough against the Sooners, so they don’t lose a lot of respect. STOCK SLIGHTLY DOWN.

Oct. 11 LSU @ Florida in Gainesville, FL (time TBA)

Louisiana-Monroe 0 @ #10 LSU (3-0, 0-0 SEC) 31

The Tigers had a terrific 219 yards on the ground, but LSU finished with just 372 total yards on the night and with all of those rushing yards finished with just a 4.2 yards per carry average. The Tiger defense however pitched their second shutout in a row and allowed just 93 total yards for the game. LSU hosts Mississippi State this weekend.

Stock Report: The defense continues to be the strength of this team and the offense continues to get better ever so slightly. Not enough to change the stock report. STOCK EVEN.

Oct 18. Missouri @ Florida in Gainesville, FL (time TBA)

UCF 10 @ #18 Missouri (3-0, 0-0 SEC) 38

You see 38 points and then you have to realize that Missouri had all of just 322 yards of offense. The defense was stout against UCH giving up just 10 and also scoring seven points for the Tigers. The Tiger running game was nice with 178 yards and a 5.1 yards per play average. Missouri hosts Indiana this weekend.

Stock Report: The score was misleading in this game. The score was 14-10 at half and seven of the 24 points for Missouri in the second half were on defense. They didn’t have of the big strike capability we are used to seeing and the longest touchdown strike was 21 yards. STOCk SLIGHTLY DOWN.

Nov. 1 Georgia vs. Florida in Jacksonville, FL (3:30 P.M. on CBS)

#6 UGA (1-1, 0-1 SEC) 35 @ #24 South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC) 38

This was the game of the weekend outside of any triple overtime matches that may have happened. Georgia’s pass defense is struggling albeit they have faced one of the premiere offensive minds in the game at Clemson and Steve Spurrier who has never been confused with an offensive slouch. Spurrier’s boy Dylan Thompson racked up 271 yards and three touchdowns on the night. On the shoulders of Todd Gurley the Bulldogs running game is lethal and he accounted for 131 of the 217 rushing yards. Georgia hosts Troy this weekend.

Stock Report: Another team that got a big dose of reality after being lifted on a perch that was way too high for them. There are definitely dsome weapons at Georgia, but… STOCK DOWN.

Nov. 8 Vanderbilt vs. Florida in Nashville, TN (time TBA)

UMass 32 @ Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1) 34

The Commodores have sunk to new lows, even their wins are ugly. Winning the game after the Minutemen missed a chip shot field goal at the end of the game. They fell behind 14-0 and needed a fumble recovery in the end zone and a blocked punt for a touchdown along with the missed field goal to beat UMass. The big positive that probably came out of the game is that Coach Derek Mason and company will likely wuit with the musical chairs at quarterback and play the guy who should have been playing for all of the last three weeks Patton Robinette. Vanderbilt hosts South Carolina this weekend.

Stock Report:Nothing really changed for the last three weeks. Vanderbilt has just looked very bad and continues to do so. STOCK EVEN.


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