No. 25 Florida sticking with QB Grier vs No. 3 Mississippi

Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek, as usual, didn’t beat around the bush when asked about the Vols’ fourth-quarter collapse in Saturday’s 28-27 loss at Florida.


It was Tennessee’s 11th consecutive loss to the SEC East rival Gators.

Beginning November 3 the College Football Playoff committee will begin to sort all of this out, but for now the Florida Gators are back with the big boys of the AP poll. Only three Tennessee wide receivers finished with three receptions – the other nine receptions came from the tight end position, running back – and Dobbs reeling in a 58-yard TD reception on a trick play.

Florida head coach Urban Meyer is also long gone, having taken a leave of absence from coaching in 2010 that ended when he was hired at Ohio State prior to the 2012 campaign.

As of Monday afternoon with more than 6,000 votes tallied, 88 percent of the respondents said yes, it was the coach’s fault. I was anxious about him being a little banged up from the Kentucky game, but he never admits to being hurt.

“I want it all on my shoulders”. I like our chances when he throws it. I’ve seen every game Will has ever played.

“That is part of the responsibility here”. He was 5-of-5 for 123 yards on fourth down against Tennessee. If the Rebels can get by Florida in The Swamp for the first time since stunning Tim Tebow in the 2008 game that inspired the legendary “Promise” speech, it’s relatively smooth sailing for a while with New Mexico State and Memphis up next before the Texas A&M showdown in Oxford.

Grier’s teammates were impressed by his fourth quarter performance.

So if that game is indicative of this weekend’s showdown in Gainesville, Florida is going to need more than just defense to win the game. Though the Gators’ first-year head coach drew a few criticism for calling a timeout right before Tennessee kicker Aaron Medley shanked a potential game-winning 55-yard field goal, it ultimately proved to be the right call, as Florida had 12 men on the field.

“We’ve talked to our guys from Day 1 about eye discipline, and you can’t say that enough”.

“I do”, he said. We can’t let two plays or 10 seconds define who we are.


This is the week we find out what kind of team Georgia really is. Four of those conversions, with two coming on one drive, led to touchdowns, which in turn helped Florida rally back from a 27-14 deficit. “We have to put all of our effort into preparation”. On the ground, Kelvin Taylor rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns in 19 attempts. “That’s what motivated us to keep fighting and come out with the W”. “There’s no finger-pointing, nothing like that”. “Just watch and remember I said that. But obviously our timing is impeccable”, he said. The Volunteers are the timeshare of the SEC – everything about it sounds great, but the closer you look into it, the shakier it is and more questions arise. Is it a fundamental mistake? “They’re going to go fast and we’ve got to be ready”. “Everything we do is under a microscope”. Von Pearson dropped one, and Smith had a pass along the sideline in the third quarter go through his hands.

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