TFW your take doesn’t come off as ominously as you meant for it to

Lindy’s joins the (growing) crowd picking Florida ahead of Georgia in the preseason, but you’ve got to love the conclusion.

Our Call: Dare we say Florida rising, LSU having won it all, and Alabama bouncing back, there is a bit of pressure on Smart this season? Anything less than a division title will not suffice.  [Emphasis added.]

Yeah, if only Georgia had won any of those lately… oh, wait.

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43 responses to “TFW your take doesn’t come off as ominously as you meant for it to

  1. James Stephenson

    It would be 4 straight. Only Florida has done that, in the early 90’s. So if UGA does not make the championship game this year I will understand.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      Both Georgia and Florida have 7 game win streaks during this rivalry. Georgia in the 40’s and Florida in the 90’s. Georgia also opened the rivalry with a 7 game win streak, but it was not contiguous as we didn’t play every year then.

      A 4 game win streak will be our longest in almost 40 years though.

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    • Muttley

      How can they predict Georgia to finish second, give reasons, and then add that it would be unacceptable? Everybody’s predicting it now, right?

      If they all think Florida should snap the string and win the East, why would “anything less than a division title …suffice” for FU?

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  2. It might not matter at all (hell… it probably won’t) but I think most of the people behind these predictions feel UGA is more talented 1-85, but the QB and offensive continuity are pushing Florida above Georgia. Maybe that’s just my read of it. But if that’s true, then giving the more talented team bulletin board material does bring some nice benefits.

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    • Muttley

      I love it, I’m great with it, as long as Florida inherits the pressure along with their fancy new expectations. They are the favorite now. Let’s treat ’em accordingly.

      When do I get to read about Mullen’s proximity to the hot seat? Is anything less than a win in Jax and a ticket to Atlanta acceptable for him, or have the Gators accepted their new place on the food chain?

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      • siskey

        Exactly, if Mark Richt had to deal with the preseason media hype then so too should Dan. This is setting up for a real let down for the Gators.
        Did the game last year feel to you as a Georgia fan that the gap was closing? Does what has taken place since make you feel like the Gators are catching up? If the answer to either is yes then please explain. I’m more confident that we’ll have a 2017 game than a 2019 one

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        • RangerRuss

          Gotamn right, Siskey! To be the man they got to beat the man. Right now the Dawgs are the man in the SEC East, pundits be damned.
          Fuck those motherfuckers.

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  3. Ran A

    Kind of a stupid statement. The media is building this up as the Gator’s year. Seems to me, that the pressure is on Mullen, not Smart. Georgia beats them again – where do the Gators go from there? Georgia will be deep in virtually every position on the field. This is mind-blowing to me; but at the same time, it’s the media and sports media at that, where stupid has no bottom. reign.

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    • Admiral Sackbar

      If Florida doesn’t win the East this year, they’ll just acknowledge Georgia was the more talented team and pretend they didn’t actually think the Gators would pull it off. It’s a risk-free scenario for them to make this contrarian take that now seems far less contrarian seeing as how everyone and their dad is picking Florida.

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      • Ok first, great handle.
        But lets not get too carried away here saying ‘they’ll just acknowledge Georgia was the more talented team’…you know they’ll blame the refs, a few lucky plays and key missed opportunities they should of taken advantage of had it not been slightly cloudy with a 24% humidity on a 3rd Saturday of the month…

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  4. This is click bait bullshit. The spread in Vegas just keeps growing. Started with the Dawgs favored by 3.5 and now its up to 6.5. I wish I’d gotten in early.

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    • I’m not a betting man, but I thought that -3.5 was a croc.

      Given the talent level and the state of the programs, I really do think a beatdown is coming for the Handbags.

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    • Oh wow. You’re right

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    • Same thing happened last year. Somebody knows its easy to fleece Gator bettors.

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      • If the line moves up, doesn’t that mean the heavy money is on the favorite? The money is lining up with the Dawgs.

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        • Derek

          I could be very wrong and I’m no odds maker but it seems to me that when they’re setting the initial line at a point that doesn’t make a lot of sense and then it moves that much two years in a row, something is off.

          My supposition is that they know the gators bet more early money and by setting it low it makes it even less likely they will have to payoff to them. If they opened at 6.5 and all the early money comes in for UF the bookies are at a greater risk.

          Its hard for me to imagine that the books want a ton of uga money on that 3.5 line if they’re going to pocket any money on the game.

          But again, I’m no sme on sports betting.

          I may not be right, but that’s my sense of things.

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          • I can see that … I’m definitely no expert on odds making. Their algorithms for setting initial lines probably does have a betting history component built in. I just think last year was “look what Florida did to Michigan” and “the light has come on for Franks” while we looked horrible and uninterested against Texas. There may be a little of that “OMG, Kyle Trask and Dan Mullen” while Kirby lost everyone.

            The Vegas sharps pounce on those kind of mistakes by the sports books.

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  5. Argondawg

    “Nobody respects you guys. Look at all these professional college writers…they all say Florida is gonna kick your ass and that you are not good enough to play championship football etc etc.” This is exactly what Kirby and his staff want. If Mullen had any sense he’d call this rat poison. I’d say this puts a helluva lot more pressure on the gators. We kick their ass again and his seat is going to get a little warmer. If they don’t beat us this year with all the offensive problems we are supposed to have then when?

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    • If there’s one thing I’m not worried about this season, it’s Smart having his team motivated to play Florida.

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      • True. The next week in Columbia is the motivational challenge. We’ll probably be double digit favorites and have our heads in the clouds.

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        • Good point, but I think Kirby’s got a pretty obvious sales pitch in rebuttal.

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          • He does but USC always seems more hyped for that game than we are, no matter what happened the year before.

            The 2013 game is the only exception I can think of.

            We somehow have to put that game on the same level as UT and Tech. Doesn’t have to be at the UF or Auburn level but we need to make them 3a-c.

            Them being 5th on our radar comes back to bite us too damn much.

            I think they want to beat us more than they do Clemson.

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            • “I think they want to beat us more than Clemson.”

              On the sidelines, you’re right because of the number of Georgia guys that end up there.

              In the fan base? No way. South Carolina fans hate Clemson, and the feeling is mutual.

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    • This media stuff is putting Florida in a very bad position. They lose a game they shouldn’t lose, they lose to Georgia, they go 9- 3, 10-2, their fans are gonna get knee jerked.

      I think they’re very primed and ready to lose a game they shouldn’t lose.

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      • Ricky McDurden

        I think Kentucky punches them in the mouth in Game 2. That UK squad is very quietly dangerous with a good OL; 19/22 projected starters are upperclassmen and they get Terry Wilson back at QB from injury with Joey Gatewood out of Auburn as his backup.

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        • Ran A

          Completely agree. Kentucky is dangerous and designed to defeat UF and UT (if they are not careful). I’m glad we have them late in the season.

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        • Uglydawg

          I’ve thought the same thing and even expressed it (I think) in a post a while back. Florida is thin in some important places..I can see Kentucky lining up and controlling the ball.

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      • If Franks doesn’t break his ankle, they would have absolutely lost to Kentucky for the second year in a row and basically needed a phantom holding call on a long TD run to avoid being upset against South Carolina. Their entire hype machine is running off how they played against LSU last year (which wasn’t that close). I still keep wondering why, since Trask is certainly is the greatest thing since sliced bread, does noted QB whisperer Dan Mullen get a pass for not considering him the best QB on the roster last year? I suspect the conversation about Mullen would be a lot different if he went 9-3 last year, but were sitting 0-2 against Kentucky.

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  6. Castleberry

    If only I could remember six months and one day ago when I was tailgating in the Gulch…

    Dare we say, most Georgia fans have the first Saturday in December already blocked on their calendar?

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  7. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Is their a JournoList for sportswriters, because all of these fools making this particular foolish pick is starting to have the whiff of collusion about it.

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  8. Reporting on reporting. Nobody does any of their own research. They’re also very lazy. Their assumptions are not equal across the field giving conclusions that make no sense. Every year.

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  9. Texas Dawg

    This is ANTI RAT POISON for the Dawgs. Nothing better to make a really good team into a great team than a rallying point to unify and focus them (and put a chip on their shoulder). I suspect that they will arrive in Jacksonville with lunch pails ready and a bad attitude for any thing in orange and blue. I expecg the handbags are going to have a long miserable day on the banks of the St Johns. I can’t wait to see Kirby look over at the opposing sideline and see him mouth FTMF again.

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  10. Spike

    Defense wins championships, no?

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  11. UGA '97

    “Our Call: Dare we say Florida rising, LSU having won it all, and Alabama bouncing back, there is a bit of pressure on Smart this season? Anything less than a division title will not suffice.”

    Just another weak sauce comment/hedge , and not quite a flat out “We Pick Florida to Win the East and go to the SEC Champ game” Maybe all these clicksters will grow a pair….

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  12. Russ

    I love reading this. I want someone to write an article summarizing all these predictions so the entire world can see that Florida is the overwhelming favorite to win the SECE this season. It will make the beating in Jax even more fun.

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  13. sniffer

    What’s new about this is UF, not Auburn being the next great team. For a decade, Auburn had been the anointed dark horse. From a Heisman qb to immovable defenses to new play-callers, it’s War Eagle, baby. Florida is just the new normal for the no journalism writers. Now, if UF has the breaks fall their way like AU did in’13..

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  14. Pirate

    Kirby is in Dans head. I knew the game was over last year when on 4th and 12 inches fl threw and did not make it on the first drive of the game. Fl will be lucky to score 14 points. They simply can’t run the ball on uga

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  15. Made my will monthly journey looking at tickets and ticket prices. Absolutely no way this boy can afford it. Lol.

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  16. practicaldawg

    Just remember that clicks pay the bills on the internet

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