Florida QB Grier ill, might not start vs Ole Miss

SEC West championship? Driver’s seat given up.


The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because Florida (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) has not disclosed Grier’s illness. I’m not. No way. It was not sneaky, lucky or even particularly creative. Ole Miss managed just 151 first half yards and went 1-for-6 on 3rd down conversions, unable to keep the Gators’ front seven from penetrating the backfield.

McElwain, meanwhile, became the first Florida coach since Steve Spurrier in 1990 to open his first season 5-0.

Kelly connected on 26-of-40 passes for 259 yards, but tossed an interception and lost a fumble to account for half of Ole Miss’ four turnovers.

QB Chad Kelly has been the key to the engine though.

“Everyone knows about their back end”, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told reporters, according to ESPN.

We were also treated to a second glimpse into the future when Enrique Davis was given a carry a few plays after the fake punt.

I assume that for many of you, like me, life was much different in 2008.

Expect this game to be a close one early on with Florida getting an early bump from the home crowd, but Ole Miss will pull away in the second half.

In the 2013 class, Ole Miss signed several prospects who are All-American candidates, including Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1-ranked player in the country in 2013, as well as other well-known players Laquon Treadwell, Tony Conner (out with injury) and Laremy Tunsil, who has yet to play this year because of an NCAA investigation.

Florida’s defense attacked and punished the Ole Miss offense.

Take a look at where Ole Miss’ special teams coach was standing on the fake punt. It beat Alabama without him. All of a sudden, this team at least belongs in the playoff conversation.

“He was really moving in the pocket, giving himself time”, Rebels safety Mike Hilton said.

I gave Nila in a bear hug of epic proportion and we high-fived everyone within reach as The Swamp erupted.

“I’m concerned for everything, that being one of them”, Freeze said.

That’s the problem right there. But he missed a 29-yard field goal wide right. Utah’s announcement succeed in Oregon shot up the Utes directly directly into the oppose talk, despite the fact that UCLA’s dismantling of Arizona was at probably the most entire routines of the whole time of the year. “What we did. What we could do better”. You win by scoring points.

Ole Miss, which came into the game averaging 54.8 points a game, suffers its first loss, and it comes only two weeks after the Rebels beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa. A win over Auburn helps, but in name value only, and with Texas A&M coming to town Mississippi State has a true contender or pretender moment. An SEC title game?

Knox Bardeen is a Sports on Earth contributor based in Atlanta and has covered both college and pro football since 2008.

The Florida Gators made a statement Saturday night with a dominant performance on both sides of the football in a 38-10 victory over third-ranked Ole Miss.


4 Consecutive Florida games have featured a rushing TD by RB Kelvin Taylor, making him the first Gators RB with a streak that long since Ciatrick Fason had a TD in five straight games in 2004. By that time, the outcome had always been decided.