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Gators’ dumping of LSU shakes up SEC, BcS races

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One of myriad talking points woven into the first few weeks of the 2012 season was whether past national powers like Florida State and Notre Dame were “back.”

With both of those schools chugging along the unbeaten path, a part of that focus has shifted to Florida.  And, in resounding defensive fashion, the Gators have loudly and emphatically proclaimed “yes!”

Masterpiece or a thing of ugly, No. 10 UF’s win over No. 4 LSU in The Swamp signaled a turning of the corner for a football program that had wandered aimlessly through the final year of Urban Meyer in Gainesville and the first under Will Muschamp.  While the 2012 Gators don’t possess the entertaining Meyer spread offense of years gone by, they ride a suffocating defense that, in this game, was made even more suffocating by a limp LSU offense that could muster little offensively.

It was far from pretty — perhaps something only a mother or a fan of the program could love — but it has propelled Florida back toward both the SEC and national stage.

Unbeaten at 5-0 on the season and 4-0 in conference play, UF will hit their respective pillows tonight tied for first place in the SEC West with either No. 5 Georgia or No. 6 South Carolina, pending the outcome of tonight’s matchup of unbeatens in Columbia.  Of course, there’s still the little matter of, after a trip to Vanderbilt next weekend, squaring off against the Bulldogs and Gamecocks in back-to-back weekends, although both of those game will be played in the state of Florida.

And then there’s the big picture nationally.  With LSU’s loss and either UGA or USC guaranteed its first loss of the season, the Gators are primed to take a significant jump when the polls are released Sunday afternoon.

Simply getting through the UGA/USC gauntlet, though, guarantees nothing nationally as there would still be a trip to Tallahassee to face No. 3 Florida State the final weekend of the regular season, not to mention the possibility of an SEC championship game against the likes of No. 1 Alabama or, even, a rematch with LSU on a neutral field.

Regardless of whether UF can sustain the momentum that’s slowly been building throughout the first half of the season, it appears — appears — Muschamp, after an up-and-down first season at the school, has the Gators headed back to where they had been for a better part of the last decade — being a factor in the chase for the BcS crystal.

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34 Responses to “Gators’ dumping of LSU shakes up SEC, BcS races”
  1. grudenthediva says: Oct 6, 2012 7:09 PM

    “Of course, there’s still the little matter of, after a trip to Vanderbilt next weekend, squaring off against the Bulldogs and Gamecocks in back-to-back weekends, although both of those games will be played in The Swamp.”

    Clearly someone hasn’t ever heard of The World’s Largest Cocktail Party.

    In JACKSONVILLE.

  2. cometkazie says: Oct 6, 2012 7:14 PM

    That would be the SEC EAST.

  3. John Taylor says: Oct 6, 2012 7:14 PM

    Whoops. It’s been fixed.

  4. dgbk says: Oct 6, 2012 7:23 PM

    game looked beautiful to, gators won.. that was a great play by elam lsu would of atleast got another fg and made it 9-7… which could of been the final score.

  5. southernpatriots says: Oct 6, 2012 7:25 PM

    We were about to post Jacksonville, but that has been done.

    Congratulations to the Florida Gators, Coach Will and his staff, and all the Florida Gator fans. In every area I could see, Florida won, of course and including the final score.

    Florida727, it went the way my head said it would not my heart….ha. Congratulations.

    cometkazie: I think you are very correct. Florida at least has an inside straight for the SEC East. Even the loser here, LSU, has their destiny in their hands. All they need to do, I will say that again, ALL they need to do (ha.) is the win out and they will meet Florida or the SEC East champ in the SEC Championship game. That is a long way from now with many big and some huge games to come, but as of this moment it is true.

    Once again, congratulations to Florida, it’s coaches, it’s staff, and most especially Florida’s players. Congratulations to the Gator fans and all Gator fans here on CFT!

  6. normtide says: Oct 6, 2012 7:43 PM

    It is always a strange thing to say, but this loss may be a good thing for LSU. There was a lot of pressure on this team and it’s new starting QB. Losing to a east team means LSU controls it’s west fate. LSU has not looked focused this year, and I think getting a loss may change that.

  7. suprmous says: Oct 6, 2012 7:52 PM

    Flordia727, congrats to ya and to all the other chompin mongrels;hahaha. Seriously, congrats. I hope that when you come down off of your high and your feet hit the ground again you’ll see that the mouse was just pickin at ya when she made the comment bout the chompin mongrels. Kinda sorta picked on gatorsnapper in the beginnin but hopefully now he can accept me a bit more and that be the case with you too. I never want to intentionally wanna cause problems for somebody but just like everybody else I’ve got my favorite team and (yeah 3 bros who’d like to do me in cause it’s not Bama) hopefully I’m not too obnoxious. But enuff of that. Just wanted to say congrats.

  8. southernpatriots says: Oct 6, 2012 8:02 PM

    normtide:

    I think you have it exactly correct. At least I hope you do…ha. LSU does need something to focus them. Losing the emotional leader just prior to the season beginning and they seem to miss him in each game where he would be able to get them up and focused..lwell, like Coach Miles, I wish Tyrann the very best in his sobriety and in his education and in whatever he does in the future.

    normtide: I gave you a thumbs up! I usually avoid the thumbs altogether and don’t give negatives except for a blatant racist and a horrid jab at JT months ago, but you had an insightful and at I hope a prophetic post…I sure hope so.

    Suprmous: All is well, dear, all is very well. LSU will live and will learn and will do better.

  9. WingT says: Oct 6, 2012 8:08 PM

    Wow, didn’t see that coming….congrats to the Gators – nicely done.

    Florida could run the football and their QB is an added threat. Ground and pound and wear them down.

  10. blitz4848 says: Oct 6, 2012 8:15 PM

    Gators are solid.
    Really good D
    Great kicking game
    A QB that gets better every “qtr” he plays
    Solid running game
    Coaching staff that knows how to make adjustments
    These reptiles will give South Carolina & Georgia ALL they want
    The SEC East just got real interesting

  11. normtide says: Oct 6, 2012 8:18 PM

    I usually pay no attention to the thumbs, but ty anyway pats. And if you have to lose a game, a top ten team from the other division and early in the year is the best case. I really think it could settle your players in a little, allowing them to play loose. Ofc, you know I an hoping Bama can give you another loss in a few weeks, but we will have to wait to see how it plays out. Best of luck till then.

    Oh, and I too am disgusted by the racist and some other low life comments. However, giving them a thumbs down shows the posters the attention they crave. I nothing them, they get not one second of my time or energy.

  12. cometkazie says: Oct 6, 2012 8:21 PM

    I love college football, esp the SEC.

    There are great fans around, too, believe it or not.

    It was one of those great games.

    SC is looking good vs Ga. I hope they have a let down next week. (He said hopefully.)

  13. 35longmiles says: Oct 6, 2012 8:46 PM

    Unbeaten at 6-0 on the season…

    Last I checked they were 5-0.

  14. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 6, 2012 9:14 PM

    SEC after today,

    South Carolina
    Alabama
    Florida
    Georgia
    LSU
    Tennessee

    Gators are for real, I tried to tell everybody. And LSU’s offense is just plain pathetic.

  15. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 6, 2012 10:02 PM

    As a Gator fan, yes Im excited about the win. However, I really really really hate it when people say “we’re back” though. I want my team to play pissed off, underdog and disrespected. Play uphill. Unlike Alabama and LSU, we still have to play 3 ranked teams and thats just to get to Atlanta. PLAY UPHILL GATORS…NOBODY RESPECTS US, ESPECIALLY NOT ALABAMA.

  16. Deb says: Oct 6, 2012 10:12 PM

    Congrats to the Gators on coming out of their post-Tebow slump. Muschamp has them on a good course with that strong defense. Don’t envy them the schedule ahead, though. Georgia, South Carolina, and FSU will be a big test.

    It’s too early in the season to write off LSU. That’s a good team, with an excellent defense, and I like Mettenberger. The Tigers will regroup. Will be interesting to see their matchup with S. Carolina next week. The Gamecocks might deflate after such a big win tonight.

  17. Deb says: Oct 6, 2012 10:14 PM

    tlmoon2112 …

    You mean all that Alabama hate has been coming from a Florida fan? Good grief.

  18. florida727 says: Oct 6, 2012 10:22 PM

    To my “southernpatriots” friends, a humble thanks. If you like defense, this game certainly had it in spades. Neither offense looked good. I think we had FORTY-EIGHT first half yards. (Ironically, we were 4 of 8 in converting third downs; all those sacks killed us statistically.) Finally got something going after recess. I figured for us to have a chance our defense would have to play lights-out.

    Good luck next week Tiger fans. Looks like you’re getting a red hot South Carolina. 35-7 over Georgia tonight (less than 2 minutes to play).

  19. jag8r904 says: Oct 6, 2012 10:37 PM

    5-0 not 6-0

  20. florida727 says: Oct 6, 2012 10:41 PM

    Yep. Bowling Green out of conference, then A&M, Tennessee, Kentucky and now LSU in conference. 5-0 overall, 4-0 in conference.

  21. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 7, 2012 1:15 AM

    I was 1-2 on my picks this week.., Steve Sourrier and South Carolina did exactly as I have predicted they would.
    Texas’ defense apparently was not as good as what I’ve given them credit for, and if not for missing the FG, maybe the Longhorns would have won and made me look good.
    Now to my LSU/Florida … I said that Muschamp was not ready yet to coach the Gators over the hump, I was wrong. After first half, I knew we were in trouble when the players came out with a different swagger. Lots of it was LSU’s fault for allowing the Gators to hang around and not take advantage of the extra opportunities their defense provided.
    Gator Nation CONGRATULATION on a hard fought victory. It’s good to see y’all back in contention again. Your owe Kansas University lots of gratitude for hiring away Charlie Weiss away. I never understood why Muschamp had hired Weiss in the first place, maybe I might be off base a little, but I can see how Weiss could undermine Muschamp’s authority and see himself as the Big Man on campus (literally). When he took the coaching job at KU and Muschamp replace him with the present, I knew they would be much better, I was sure this was the year, but so far your have definitely turned that corner and I hope Gator Nation future success.
    Once again congratulation on winning a well deserve victory and hopefully we’ll see y’all in Atlanta, only this time come as Tiger Baits!!!!

  22. billmead1976 says: Oct 7, 2012 1:19 AM

    just another boring sec game. media sec bias plays it up as a great defensive struggle, i say meh!

  23. truefootballinsight says: Oct 7, 2012 3:02 AM

    ^^^^ did u see no. 22 Elam strip!? I would love to have him on my dolphins team! Great in run support! Plays like a linebacker in the box!

    I will agree that the offenses were subpar, but when you have to deal with 8 or so nfl players on defense (combined) its just hard to have 4-5 receivers run go routes all day. I find the 80-90 games boring bc it’s like watching flag football. Ugh. I hope the dolphins take clowney with then 4 th overall pick what a true MONSTER

  24. 808raiderinparadise says: Oct 7, 2012 7:25 AM

    Now I see why Les Miles was a salty lil girl about Gunner Kiel backing out and going to Notre Dame. He has no QB, nothing new …. LSU against Towson looked lost at times….. they are dead and thats not saying much because Florida is still building back up as well.

    No shock in this game. Both teams aren’t top 15 teams by end of season anyways.

  25. gorilladunk says: Oct 7, 2012 9:24 AM

    I was talking to the Oklahoma coaches this week and they said that both LSU and Georgia would lose sooner rather than later. I guess they were right. Both teams were more sizzle than steak.

  26. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 7, 2012 9:47 AM

    Wow look at all these sages coming out of their den!

  27. cometkazie says: Oct 7, 2012 9:58 AM

    You may be Asian but you ain’t crazy. :)

  28. southernpatriots says: Oct 7, 2012 10:27 AM

    Ha! I think you have our friend pegged.

    There is an old saying, “Crazy like a fox!” I think our Louisiana Asian is wise like a fox, he just doesn’t want anyone to know, you have read between his lines…ha.

    Have a great day, cometkazie and crazyasian..!!!

    I finally have a day I am going to take it easy. Late church today because so many are still having a difficult time navigating around flooded areas. Then the rest of afternoon and evening, laying back in a Lay-Z-Boy recliner with my feet up watching football (and from what I understand, advising a couple of fellow citizens that are going to telephone on the advantages of installing a “lifetime” roof, rather than traditional shingles in the hurricane alley of south Louisiana.

    Wish I had an investment in the “lifetime” roofing manufacturers, now that no insurance company will cover any roof of a named storm. They get by that by excluding the first 4% of the total replacement value of the home, which they know is more than the complete replacement of a roof.

    Maybe the Saints will win today. That would help , at least some, with the uninspired and injured effort of LSU.

  29. kozbee says: Oct 7, 2012 10:53 AM

    We can`t forget the way LSU played Auburn last week that they seem to have no fire left in them.This week the same type game vs Gators and the fire was gone and went away with a loss that imo will hurt them down the stretch.LSU has the fire power but in the laydown mode it will be a season with no National Championship to look forward to.Great game Florida to walk away with that win,did it wake the sleeping Tigers i doubt it.

  30. 35longmiles says: Oct 7, 2012 11:07 AM

    Fun night in SEC country. Very nice to see fans of all SEC teams having a civil and respectful conversation in here. I’ve been an SEC fan for 35 years and it’s easily the most fun and enjoyable form of sports that exists. Keep your NFL. But I would like to add that everything about Les Miles screams dumb meathead.

  31. goodellsadouche says: Oct 7, 2012 11:39 AM

    35longmiles, you hit the nail on the head.

  32. Deb says: Oct 7, 2012 1:14 PM

    :D

  33. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 7, 2012 6:39 PM

    @cometkazie and southernpatriots
    Now your making me blush!
    God Bless! Let’s Geaux Tigers!!!

  34. gatorfan1 says: Oct 7, 2012 7:37 PM

    Where’s “overrateddouchbag” Ehh..I mean gator when you need him???

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