Barring a complete collapse against the Auburn Tigers, the Alabama Crimson Tide is likely headed back to Atlanta for the SEC Championship in early December. Who the Crimson Tide will play from the SEC East may not be decided until the final week of the regular season.
For almost 10 minutes, an obviously undermanned Florida Gators team had a pretty good handle on Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker. Dekker had two turnovers early and the Badgers looked out of sorts. Three-pointers by Dekker on consecutive possessions finally got the 20th-ranked Badgers going in their home opener, sparking a 22-10 run in the first half that helped hand No. 11 Florida a 59-53 loss Tuesday night.
Vanderbilt defensive coordinator Bob Shoop challenged his players before the game, asking what they wanted to leave as a legacy. The answer was the same across the board: The Commodores wanted to become the first team in school history to beat Georgia and Florida in the same season.
The legendary comedy “Blazing Saddles” featured the line, “What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here.” While that line was uttered in the 1970’s, it perfectly fits the state of college and pro football in Florida.
Things are heading downhill in a hurry in Gainesville after the Florida Gators lost again to arch-rival Georgia, 23-20 Saturday evening. The loss dropped the Gators to 4-4 on the season and puts their backs against the wall to find two more victories to become bowl eligible for the 23rd consecutive year.
Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards in his first career start and Andrew Baggett converted five field goals to help No. 14 Missouri defeat No. 22 Florida 36-17 on Saturday and open a two-game lead in the Southeastern Conference East Division.
Year 2 in the SEC has been a huge success for Missouri. A major hurdle awaits. The 14th-ranked and undefeated Tigers will try to keep it up against one of the nation’s top defenses — minus their most indispensable player.
No. 22 Florida has lost two games and four starters this season. The Gators haven’t lost hope of winning the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division.
The Florida Gators will put their bowl game hopes on the line Saturday when they travel to Death Valley to play the LSU Tigers in a Saturday afternoon matchup you can see only on CBS4.
While the Florida Gators will have their hands full against the LSU Tigers on Saturday, Gators fans may want to keep one eye on the game in Athens, Georgia between the Missouri Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs.