A couple of choice stats, via The Athletic ($$):
The defense’s third-down percentage last season, which ranked 40th in the FBS and seventh in the SEC behind LSU (29.6 percent), Auburn (29.9), Georgia (31.6), Texas A&M (31.6), Missouri (33.2) and Alabama (35.7). Florida’s total was really dented in the game that mattered most — when Georgia converted 12-of-18 third downs.
Florida’s defense held opposing quarterbacks to a 96.82 passer rating on third down, 15th-best in the nation and fifth in the conference. Digging deeper into the situational metrics, the Gators were splendid on third-and-10 or longer (74.06, ninth in the FBS and second to Alabama in the SEC). Where Grantham’s defense slipped up was on plays ranging from third-and-7 to third-and-9: They ranked 63rd nationally and eighth in the league in those situations (111.92).
I’m surprised nobody has suggested I add “third and Grantham” to the list of Florida’s negatives in today’s preseason predictions post.