CFN’s Fiutak unveils his early, early BCS picks today. And, no, he doesn’t have Georgia in the title game, as he feels the schedule will be the Dawgs’ undoing.
Fine, I can understand that. But here’s what I don’t get. In picking Florida to face Ohio State for the MNC (can you imagine listening to Herbstreit for the month leading up to that? ugh…), Fiutak argues that the Gators will be every bit as good as Georgia “if the secondary has overcome its growing pains“.
As if that’s a minor roadblock to steer around. Look, Florida was last in the SEC – and 98th nationally – in pass defense last season. That’s not some little hurdle to skip over. Add in the facts that the Gators lost their best pass rusher from a year ago and are looking for two members of their incoming freshman class to step up and start on the defensive side of the ball and I don’t see how that translates into a magical transformation of Florida’s pass defense.
Almost as big a leap of faith is being made with regard to Emmanuel Moody’s impact on the Gator offense. Hell, the Miami paper the other day noted that Moody is struggling a bit in spring practice. It turns out he’s never lined up in an offense that operates exclusively out of the shotgun before.
The Gators are certainly talented. And I like to think that the WLOCP is going to be insanely important this season, both from an SEC perspective and a national one, so maybe I’ve sipped the Kool-Aid a bit, too, but I just don’t get this easy assumption that a genuinely crappy secondary gets fixed that quickly.