We here at The Bull Gator propose the Florida Gators, their coaches, and their many fans adopt what has become our motto of sorts around here the last few seasons: just win. As we said last week, style points be damned; the current state of the program is one of which winning is of the utmost importance. It may not be pretty. It may not even rank as ugly at times. It may be downright rotten, but a win is a win is a win. It’s not the best way to think, but it has become what we lean toward. Florida Gators Football – Just Win! I think t-shirts are in order.
The first quarter wasn’t bad. Not really at all. Maybe that’s a positive, glass-half-full outlook that’s a little too optimistic than realistic, but I’ll go with it. The defense played tentative and looked like it had trouble figuring out exactly what the Texas A&M Aggies were going to do on offense, but it wasn’t time to sound the alarm. The offense put together a good drive during which Jeff Driskel looked improved and Mike Gillislee was Mike Gillislee. Yes, I’m basing that quote off of one game, but now we can put another game into it. Gillislee scored both of the Gators touchdowns in the 20-17 win and was again the offensive star.
Let’s just skip right over the second quarter. This was the tweet at the time: “FDALJFKDAFUINCEPAEPEUAHFENEUPHCIPEJAI…beer.” I stand by that comment. Just a whole big bucket of yuck.
The defense looked better during the second half. Better to the point that they didn’t allow a single point and allowed the offense the chance to get back into the game. The Aggies got their yards, but the Gators’ defense didn’t let them get their points. There are the same concerns – tackling, tentative play, allowing the run game to thrive in the middle of the field (especially on quarterback draws) – but right now for a number of reasons including beer (mentioned above) let’s go ahead and take zero points allowed over the final 30 minutes.
The offense wasn’t perfect in the second half. 10 points pretty much indicates that. But it did enough. Enough that helped get the win and push the Gators to 2-0 (1-0 SEC). That 1-0 SEC is enormously important. I’m not remotely thinking ahead to Atlanta – that would be crazy – but I will take comfort in 1-0 in conference play for now. I have an entire week before I have to start worrying about my poor heart again.
And finally there are the thanks that need to be given. I thank fake field goals, Jordan Reed, Caleb Sturgis’s foot, Jeff Driskel’s pass to Omarius Hines and, of course, Mike Gillislee. I thank the Florida Gators for pulling out a win that didn’t look like it was going to be a win. It didn’t resemble anything close to it at points. I won’t thank Will Muschamp though; that’s going to take a lot more. But I thank the rest and I move forward with my weekend with a deep sigh of relief. Go Gators! Just Win!