Lucky Seven: Great Things About Saturday

There has been way too much teeth gnashing over the "closeness" of the Gators 23-13 win over Tennessee. Despite the fact that Florida was five yards from a 30-6 lead many are now questioning the hiring of Steve Addazio and the last two years of WR recruiting. That's just wrong.

So for those of you who have trouble appreciating the glass being 90 percent full I give you some reasons to feel better about what happened in The Swamp Saturday afternoon and, more importantly what it means for the rest of the season.

Five in a row ---- Florida posted its fifth straight win over Tennessee. That matches the longest win streak for the Gators over the boys from Rocky Top since Steve Spurrier was tormenting Phil Fulmer (1993-97). Any time that you further establish dominance over a significant rival it's a good thing.

20-19 ---- The win moved the Gators one game ahead of Tennessee in the all-time series between the schools. It's the first time Florida has ever held the upper hand since Tennessee won the first 10 meetings. Going back to 1976 Florida has beaten Tennessee 18 times in 24 meetings.

Caleb Sturgis ---- The sophomore place kicker had his greatest day as a collegian Saturday. Sturgis drilled three field goals with plenty of room to spare in his first start. His kickoffs were outstanding until the last one sailed out of bounds.

Ryan Stamper ---- With Brandon Spikes limited by tendonitis in his Achilles the Gators needed someone to step up. Enter Stamper who is the one guy on campus who could probably play every position on the football field. Stamper responded with a career best 12 tackles including three for loss. It's amazing to think five years ago Stamper was committed to Auburn because the previous coaching staff didn't think he was good enough.

Maurkice Pouncey ---- The Gators may have had some issues on the offensive line especially in terms of pass protection, but Pouncey was a stud in the middle. The junior center graded out at 93 percent and was named SEC offensive lineman of the week for his play. He may be in line for All American consideration at the end of the year.

Washington 13, Southern Cal 10 ---- Once again the Trojans stumble on the road in the Pac-10 and do serious damage to their BCS Title hopes. Life can be cruel when you have freshmen quarterbacks, but this one was on the USC defense which allowed a 68 yard drive for the winning field goal. USC's loss also hurts Penn State which won't get nearly as much credit for beating Ohio State (if they do) later in the year since the Buckeyes lost to the Trojans. That was very good for Florida going forward.

News from Utah ---- Brigham Young and Utah were the two teams with the best chance of creating controversy about a spot in the BCS Title game, but not after Saturday's play. BYU followed up its shocking win over Oklahoma with a 54-28 beat down at the hands of Florida State. Utah meanwhile saw its 16 game winning streak end at the hands of Oregon. Oh, Boise State will probably crash the gate as far as the BCS is concerned, but their pathetically weak schedule won't get them anywhere near the top two.

Now I know a lot of you need to worry about things, so tomorrow I've offer up seven legitimate things to be concerned about moving forward.


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