Florida did enough things wrong to lose to South Carolina Saturday night in Columbia. They blew repeated scoring opportunities including three missed field goals and blitzed over and over again no matter how unsuccessful it was and yet the Gators survived. In fact, that's obviously the mindset of this team, SURVIVE.
Florida has no concerns about style points or opening up the offense. They are focused on making as few mistakes as possible and letting their superior defense and special teams win games for them.
And it's working.
Florida is now 10-0 for the third time in school history, matching the 1995 and '96 teams as the only Gator squads to open the season with that many wins in a row. The Gators avoided turnovers and once the defense stopped blitzing the three or four men chasing South Carolina's Stephen Garcia took over the game. Florida won't leave Columbia with any special numbers, unless of course you consider 20 to be a special number. Because that's the number of consecutive wins this team has with two more games between today and the showdown with Alabama.
The Gators out gained South Carolina by 91 yards (338-to-247) and enjoyed a plus-three advantage in turnovers. But Florida's ineptitude in scoring position highlighted by those three missed field goals kept this game from being a lot more comfortable. One week after the two best games of his career Caleb Sturgis turned in a stinker on national television.
If you are concerned about the Heisman Trophy for Tim Tebow, don't be. Unless Colt McCoy implodes I think that's a done deal. But it will be interesting to watch the award ceremony and wonder if for the second straight year if we are watching one guy with the Heisman a month before the other guys wins it all.
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