Another Offensive Performance, Another Win

The Gator Football team seems determined to prove that style points don't matter for SEC teams when it comes to the BCS. The nation's top ranked team stumbled through much of Saturday night's game with Vanderbilt and didn't go up more than two scores until the final two minutes of the third quarter.

Still, the Gator defense never gave in, the special teams were strong again and Florida eventually wore down Vandy for a win in front of a rather uninspired and uninspiring crowd in The Swamp. The win improved the Gators to 9-0 for just the second time in school history with a showdown with Alabama looming in the SEC Championship Game.

Just a week removed from scoring on two beautiful drives to open the Georgia game in Jacksonville the Florida offense was less effective in the early going. Talk about your understatements. Florida went three-and-out on their first possession and had to settle for a field goal on their second. Florida's only TD in the first 43 minutes of action came on a 25-yard run by Jeff Demps four plays after a Ryan Stamper interception set the Gators up on the Commodores' 34. The Gators didn't really put the game away until Vandy punter Brett Upson took a knee on a low snap and the Gators knocked it in on a 13-yard drive.

This is Your Team

Legendary football coach Bill Parcells is well known for the phrase "you are what your record says you are." The record says the Gators are an outstanding defensive team and a slightly above average offensive team. If the old adage defense wins championships holds true, the Gators' chances of making it three BCS Titles in four years are pretty good.

However, I've always considered that cliche to be pure garbage. Teams win championships. The 1996 Gators were better offensively, the 2006 Gators were better defensively. Last year's Gators won the BCS Title Game with great defense, but offense got most of the credit for the win over Alabama in Atlanta that earned Florida the SEC Championship.

The Gators have had very few great moments offensively against real opponents. Florida scored 31 in the first quarter at Kentucky, but did little the rest of the way. The Gators did put 41 upon Georgia, but the offense was spotty after two terrific drives to start the game. Once again Tim Tebow had more carries (16-for-27 yards) than Emmanuel Moody and Jeff Demps combined (15-for-91). The passing game, which yielded sack after sack, also zeroed in one receiver most of the time with Aaron Hernandez catching seven passes and all other Florida receivers combining for just 11.

They Can Still Run the Table

On a day when three top 10 teams lost, every win is cause for a mix of celebration and relief. Florida is five wins from the greatest season in school history and this offense IS good enough to get it done. Keep in mind the Gators will be huge favorites in their next three games and Alabama has every bit as much trouble offensively that the Gators do. While ‘Bama was better than the Gators against Arkansas, Florida was better than the Tide against LSU, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The SEC Title Game promises to be as physical and competitive as it was last year, but probably a lot less entertaining. I still maintain what I've said all season; if the Gators are at full strength they will not lose.

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