The Gator News And World Report (10/31/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, October 31, 2005. Gators will play it safe; 'Dogs goals shift into lower gear; Spread No Longer Defines UF; Defense makes two early TDs hold up; UF shows confidence in its SEC chances; Wins bigger than system and more...

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Gators will play it safe
Urban Meyer is still committed to his spread option offense and all that goes with it. The reverses. The shovel passes. The empty backfield. The option.

'Dogs goals shift into lower gear
There's no longer a need for Georgia to be wishing and hoping for Southern California, Texas or Virginia Tech to slip in this season's homestretch.

SEC speed puts cover on spread
Florida may have officially won its game against Georgia on Saturday, but the victory actually happened Oct. 17-19.

Spread No Longer Defines UF
University of Georgia defensive tackle Ray Gant didn't realize it, but with this statement he explained Florida's early offensive success Saturday in the Gators' 14-10 win.

Florida still needs help to win division title
The plan from here is three-pronged and simple, and its success would send Florida to its first Southeastern Conference Championship Game since 2000.

Defense makes two early TDs hold up
THE GAME: Stubborn about the spread option no longer, Florida coaches employed a tight end (Tate Casey) and a fullback (Billy Latsko) to help rack up two touchdowns in the first nine minutes. The Gators would score no more, but the points helped deliver a 14-10 victory over Georgia in Jacksonville. The tweaked offense, far from a juggernaut, was crisp and finished with 153 yards rushing. Florida's defense seemed soft at times but stiffened when needed, forcing two long field goals that Georgia's Brandon Coutu missed. It added up to the Gators staying alive for the SEC East title by beating the Bulldogs for the 14th time in 16 tries.

Betting against the spread
Coach Urban Meyer isn't ready to scrap his spread offense, but he learned from Saturday's win vs. Georgia that discarding it sometimes is essential in the SEC.

UF shows confidence in its SEC chances
The future suddenly was filled with so much possibility coach Urban Meyer couldn't help but get a little ahead of himself.

Wins bigger than system
The spread isn't dead in Florida's offensive scheme, but it's being integrated with other options at least for the foreseeable future.

Gators' defense moves to front
Florida's 14-10 win against Georgia could be a sign of what's ahead for the rest of the 2005 season for the Gators: don't make mistakes and let the defense win games.

Modified offense propels UF into SEC race
With nobody but his wife, his coaches and his players in on the joke, Urban Meyer finally had something to smile about. Who would have guessed that the mastermind behind the innovative spread offense had something much more orthodox up his sleeve?

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