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UF’s Muschamp Vows To End UGA’s 2-Year Win Streak Over Gators

gfx - they said itLast night in Jacksonville, Will Muschamp made a promise to a Florida booster club.  In his first two seasons as the Gators’ coach, his squad has been beaten by his alma mater — Georgia — twice, 24-20 in 2011 and 17-9 in 2012.  He’s now vowed to turn things around when it comes to the Bulldogs:

 

“Well, it’s not going to be a long winning streak, I can assure you.  We feel very comfortable.  Obviously, last year, when you turn the ball over six times, you’re not going to win many games.  You turn it over six times and give up 17 points, you (still) put yourself in a situation where you can win the game.

We fought through a lot of adversity we created for ourselves in the game.  It just didn’t work out.  We turned the ball over two years ago twice inside our 20-yard line, which resulted in 14 points.  So, that obviously doesn’t help you win games either.

There are some simple solutions.  Take care of the football.  As far as playing the game and winning the game, we understood what was at stake last year.  Very disappointed for our football team and the Gator Nation that we didn’t get the job done.  Looking forward to the game this year.”

 

The past two games combined, Florida has committed eight turnovers against Georgia.  It should be noted, however, that part of the reason those games were still tight was the fact that the Bulldogs coughed the ball up to the Gators four times.  Both games were sloppy.  Georgia was simply the least sloppy team on the field.

On that note, it seems we picked the right day to post our breakdown of six years worth of SEC turnover data.

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Dante Fowler Dumps FSU For Florida

Another last-minute flip-flop in the SEC today.  Will Muschamp and Florida have turned defensive end prospect Dante Fowler, Jr.  The player initially committed to the Seminoles, but he inked with the Gators today.

It’s always good to get a last minute flip, but to steal one from a rival… that’s got to be sweet for Gator Nation.

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Reports Finally Confirm Meyer To OSU; Might He Coach In Bowl Vs UF?

ESPN — Urban Meyer’s employer for the last few months — is reporting today that the ex-Florida coach has indeed been hired as head coach at Ohio State.  Forget the talk of family and health, Meyer is heading back to the sideline and he’s going to do so at a program that’s about to be bombed by the NCAA.  (OSU has already sacrificed 5 scholarships over the next three years as a self-induced, “please don’t hit us anymore” penalty.  It’s likely the NCAA will take away several more scholarships.)

We finally went with the “done deal” view on Meyer-to-OSU when The Columbus Dispatch reported the matter closed last week.  The reason: Yours truly once worked for The Dispatch Broadcast Group and having lived in Columbus, I know there are three mega-boosters of the Buckeye program: the Wexners, the McConnells, and the Wolfes.  The Wolfes own The Columbus Dispatch.  If the Dispatch reported Meyer was all but hired by OSU, then you can bet the paper’s source was one of three folks in Columbus who knew for sure.  Thus, we bought that paper’s story immediately.

Meyer had denied a deal with OSU for more than a week.  But anyone familiar with coaching searches knew that the coach’s claims that no deal was in place and that he hadn’t interviewed were likely a matter of semantics only.  Is a lunch an interview or just a lunch?  Depends on the person telling the story.

At 6-6 following a loss to Michigan, OSU is expected to fall no lower than the Gator Bowl in the Big Ten’s bowl pecking order this holiday season.  Guess who’s expected to land in the Gator Bowl from the SEC’s side of things?  Yep, Florida.

WKMG-TV in Orlando reported last week that Meyer was planning to take UF’s current linebacker coach DJ Durkin and strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marrotti to Columbus with him in new roles.  So the love in Gainesville for Meyer already might be dimming just a bit.  If the ex-Gator coach takes over OSU and coaches against Florida in a bowl game, you can bet Meyer’s popularity in the Sunshine State will take another hit.

Will Muschamp — the man who led Florida to a 6-6 record with Meyer’s leftovers this year — said, “It’s good for college football” that the ex-coach is dropping the “ex.”  “If it’s what Urban wants, I’m happy for him.”

And if Meyer and OSU whip Muschamp and Florida in the Gator Bowl, just how happy do you think he and Gator Nation will be?

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