The Florida Gators defense did all they could to help their team stay afloat against the Miami Hurricanes, but due to the ineptitude of the offensive unit and some bizarre lack of urgency, it wasn’t enough as the Hurricanes escaped with a 21-16 win, arguably the biggest of Al Golden’s young career at The U.
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel limped along to a 22-33 finish, throwing for 291 yards, one touchdown and two picks. Driskel’s decision to take a sack in the next to last-play of Florida’s last gasp drive in the fourth quarter was the icking on the cake of an afternoon of bad decisions certain to leave many wondering if Will Muschamp is indeed playing the right quarterback.
While Florida posted a total of 413 yards of total offense, this number was deceiving, as a few big plays that added to this total failed to result in true production, with only 16 points scored. The Miami offense was far from spectacular either, but did enough to make plays when it mattered to take home an important victory in front of a surprisingly large and supportive crowd.
After a week off, the Gators dive head-first into SEC play against the Tennessee Volunteers at home in the Swamp, a team just as able, if not more able than Miami to take advantage of lack of offensive production. Even with a week off, it’s highly unlikely Will Muschamp will be able to find any magic solution to help right the ship, but you can bet he’d better at least find a Band Aid, or even games against the Kentucky Wildcats — who the Gators face to round out September– will be difficult, much less what remains on an imposing SEC conference schedule.
Were the Florida Gators overrated at No. 12 to start the season?
Was their reputation based on defense?
This is a mixed blessing. The defense can play out of their minds and become one of the more accomplished units in the SEC, but they don’t have the luxury of this being enough without at least a competent performance on the offensive side of the ball.
Balance is of the essence, and the Gators had best find some post haste.