Mondays stink, but the Monday after a full-scale butt-whipping if the Florida Gators is about the most pleasant Monday imaginable. If you’re like me you probably have a few Florida fan neighbors and co-workers to check in on. There are probably slides, charts, and brief video clips involved. I for one am extremely proud of my Nakobe Dean diorama. But before we go out into the world and teach Gator fans math and basic hygiene, let’s take a look at what’s going on in Bulldog Nation.
This weekend’s home matchup with Missouri will kick off at noon on ESPN, and the Bulldogs have been installed as an early 39 point favorite by the folks in Vegas. That sounds like an awful lot for a game against an SEC East team that’s not Vanderbilt.
But if you’ve watched Eliah Drinkwitz’s team this season you known things are not going smoothly in Columbia. Mizzou is 4-4 on the year but just picked up their first SEC win of the season, eking out a 37-28 victory over Vandy.
One of the big issues has been inconsistent quarterback play, which according to our friends at Rock M Nation has put 2020 breakout starter Connor Bazelak squarely in the middle of an actual quarterback controversy.
In fact the Vandy win was in no small part due to the efforts of breakout Tiger tailback Tyler Badie, who’s averaging 123.6 yards per game and could break the 1000 yard mark with 11 yards against Georgia.
Against most defenses 11 yards would be a foregone conclusion. Against this Bulldog defense? It’s been a pretty solid effort. As DawgOutWest pointed out on Twitter this weekend, they’re actually redefining what’s possible for a college defense in the modern spread era.
Kirby sat at the podium week one and said they had a goal to hold teams to 13 points a game despite what everyone thought championship teams look like in this era. 8 weeks later, and nobody has scored more than 13 on UGA. They’re making a mockery of what we thought cfb had become https://t.co/0xBwwmSE7h— Graham Coffey (@DawgOutWest) October 31, 2021
We’ll be back with more later, but for now go ask a Gator why all the clocks in Jacksonville are stuck on 6:26.