If you’re looking for a fairly sober-minded analysis of the Florida defensive effort last Saturday from a Gator partisan, David Wunderlich’s piece is a good place to start.
First off, he acknowledges that it was historically bad.
Florida lost every game listed there, except for Saturday’s. That should give you some indication of how well the Gator offense played, and it’s a fair point that David makes in his conclusion about that:
The Rebels have a good offense. It has some obvious future NFL talent with guys like Corral and Moore. It has one of the better offensive schemers as head coach. It had the element of surprise since that head coach and his bright new offensive coordinator had never worked before.
Florida held the Rebels to 21 points through three quarters before allowing a pair of touchdowns after it built up a 23-point lead with under 13 minutes to go. John Rhys Plumlee was basically a non-factor.
It was not up to The Gator Standard, believe me. However we also saw a ton of guys hit the field, some of whom were far from the top line of the depth chart. If the UF offense hadn’t been nigh unstoppable, I’m sure we would’ve seen fewer experiments and guys out there just to get experience.
It will get better from here, but there is work to be done to ensure that it does.
They’ll find out this week. South Carolina rolls in, averaging about 2.5 yards less per play than did Ole Miss. However, the ‘Cocks have an offensive coordinator who is somewhat familiar with Todd Grantham. We’ll see what kind of week two improvements they have up their sleeves for each other.