It’s time to close the books on the debacle in Baton Rouge and get our minds right as the bye week nears an end, which means turning our thoughts to the hated Gators.
While I don’t want to beat any deceased equines in this post, I can’t help but wonder whether the Dawgs will have their collective heads on straight Saturday week. Florida, since losing to Kentucky, has won five straight, including a win over the team that just beat Georgia by 20, and finds itself tied at the top of the division. So, if Dan Mullen sounds like a man who thinks his team is feeling it,
“I like how we’ve come together as a team, because I think that was a really important thing for us as a program,” Mullen said. “Our guys are learning how to go play the team game. If you look at how we’ve won, it hasn’t been with just defense or just offense. We’ve found several different ways to win games, and we’ve done it as a full team…
“As the season goes on, you want to be playing in big games,” Mullen said. “When you’re playing in big games the second half of the season, the reason is you’ve made them big games. That’s the fun part, and if you want to continue playing in them, you’ve got to continue to succeed in order to make the next game bigger than the last one.
“I don’t know if I’m surprised, and I don’t know if this is where I expected us to be. It is what it is, and you adapt and move on. I’m not disappointed with where we are, but I think there are a lot of things we have to get better at in every phase of the game.”
… that’s understandable.
It’s also understandable that over the last decades of the series, it’s Florida that’s won more often with attitude than has Georgia. Job One for Kirby is to get his team playing to that standard they all like to talk about.