Overall, the Florida Gators (1-1, 0-0) are a better team than the Miami Hurricanes (2-0, 0-0), despite the fact Miami won 21-16 last week and is now ranked three spots ahead of the Gators. You’d be hard pressed to find any facet of the game in which the Hurricanes are better than Florida – well, other than self-destruction.
With a defense this dominant, all the Florida Gators have to do offensively to win is not self-destruct. Unfortunately, Florida’s offense has a self-destruct button, and the Gators like to push it often. In fact, Jeff Driskel and company pushed it so often against Miami, I’d be willing to bet he and the other 10 offensive starters are icing bruised index fingers this week.
Florida committed five turnovers against Miami, four of which were inside the Canes’ 20-yard-line. If the Gators managed just a field goal on three of those four possessions, they would have won the game. The final turnover, a fumble by Driskel, was recovered by Miami at the Florida 4-yard-line, setting up the game-clinching touchdown run by Duke Johnson.
A lot of the blame for Florida’s offensive ineptitude falls on Driskel, who was wildly inconsistent. Some drives, he looked composed and polished, methodically marching Florida down the field. Then, all of a sudden, he seemed to become flustered and prone to bad decision-making.
What to look for in Week 3: Answers. The Gators have the week off before opening SEC play against Tennessee (2-0, 0-0) Sept. 21. This team, especially the offense, could use an extra week to cope with the reality that they let a game that they should have won slip away.