Over at the DawgPost, Ryan Jordan takes a look at this year’s Florida team and makes an excellent point.
41-3 over FAU
39-0 over UAB
33-23 over Tennessee
48-10 over Kentucky
27-14 over Bowling Green
20-17 over Texas A&M
37-20 over Tennessee
38-0 over Kentucky
Driskel is getting a lot of hype for putting up fewer points than Brantley did against very similar porous defenses. They haven’t played a good defensive team yet and they are still like 65th in total offense. He hasn’t thrown for more than 219yds in any game this year, and has been below 200 twice.
Against their best opponent (Tennessee), Driskel put up 219yds and 2 TD’s this year. Brantley put up 213yds and 2 TD’s on them last year.
Florida went winless in their next 4 games of 2011 against Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Georgia. They’re about to play UGA, SCAR, and LSU in 3 of their next 4 and could be looking at similar results.
I honestly think a lot of people have forgotten they were in this exact same situation a year ago and that’s why I bring it up. This is the same Driskel who couldn’t beat out a very poor John Brantley, and hasn’t shown any improvement on the scoreboard this year either. They’re getting a ton of traction in the polls for 2 wins over what should be teams who finish in the bottom half of the SEC.
I’m not sold they’re any better… YET
I do think Driskel has shown improvement and he’s much more of a running threat than Brantley ever dreamed of being, but I admit my jaw dropped a bit when I heard Andre Ware describe him during the Kentucky game broadcast as playing as well as any quarterback in the SEC. He’s not. The biggest improvement on UF’s offense from last year is the development of a legitimate running back in Gillislee.
Florida is better, but I’m not sure by as much as some of the swooning in the punditry class would indicate.