Gators by the Numbers

Three games into the season the Gator football team is getting enough conversation for its less than scintillating offense than it is for a 3-0 start against Hawaii, Miami and Tennessee.

No the Gators haven't been lighting up the scoreboard or producing the big plays that were so commonplace a year ago. What the Gators are doing is taking care of business, limiting mistakes and establishing a personality that seems a lot more like 2006 than 2007.

With that here are the five most significant numbers from the first three games.

9 ----- That's as in plus-nine turnovers differential. The Gators have done a flawless job of taking care of the football through three games and have yet to turn it over. The Gator defense, on the other hand has forced four fumbles and intercepted five passes.

37.3 --- Despite perceived offensive shortcomings the Gators do lead the SEC in scoring, thanks in part to a pair of punt return touchdowns by Brandon James and a blocked punt that became a safety. It's pretty impressive that the Gators have allowed just 19 points while the punt return unit has produced 16 (18 if you give them credit for the extra points).

6.3 ----- Those 19 points the Gators have allowed gives Florida a share of the SEC's best number in points allowed, and 16 of those 19 points were scored in the fourth quarter with games well in hand.

28.5 ---- The average return yards whenever someone is stupid enough to kick the ball to Brandon James. Florida's returner extraordinaire is a game changer yet he continues to get opportunities to ruin other teams' days. Those returns have twice ended in scores and the others repeatedly set the Gators up in excellent field position.

4 -------- The Gators' ranking in both of the major polls. Florida is in excellent position for a BCS bowl bid and has a chance to make a run at the title game. Of course there's a long way to go between now and the end of the season, but so far so good.

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