What in the wide, wide world of sports has come over the Florida Gators?
Check out this excuse from one player about the Missouri blowout. (h/t)
That whole thing is just one giant “damn, son, I don’t think I would have said that” moment.
Then there’s the remarkable denial about another 2017 blowout near and dear to our hearts.
The scoreboard at EverBank Field in Jacksonville reflected a Georgia football victory over Florida by a 42-7 score, the Gators avoiding the shutout in the game’s final minutes.
Florida players at the SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday, however, agreed the game was much closer than the final score indicated.
The eventual SEC champion Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead, out-gaining a Florida team that was headed for a 4-7 season finish by a margin of 393 yards to 249 yards.
But was last year’s the game actually closer than the 42-7 final indicated?
“Definitely so,” said linebacker David Reese ll.
“Most definitely,” offensive lineman Martez Ivey insisted.
“Most definitely,” defensive lineman Cece Jefferson responded.
The 21 points in the first quarter were the most against a Florida team since 1970, and the Gators were shutout in the series at the half since 1988.
Such numbers might suggest a blowout of historic proportion, but the Gators weren’t about to concede that.
Each gave his own take on what went down last Oct. 28, and what many of us apparently only thought we saw.
“That game, we let that one slip away,” Reese said.
“That game was way closer than what the scoreboard put out last year,” Ivey said.
“ … that score doesn’t determine who’s the better team,” Jefferson concluded.
The 2008 Georgia Bulldogs couldn’t have said that better if they tried. And that’s when it hit me: Florida’s head is now where Georgia’s was.
Dan Mullen has his work cut out for him.