It is my personal opinion, obviously, that The Gators are struggling because they are spending a lot of time trying to live up to the ranking "bestowed" upon them by the BCS, AP, USA Today, etc. Instead of focusing on a target in front of them, they're looking over their shoulders to see if anyone is getting close to the targets on their backs.
After this weekend's performance by The Gators against SC compared to how 'Bama crushed Miss St, Texas crushed Baylor and TCU hammered Utah, The Gators should fall to #3; with 'Bama at #1, Texas at #2.
If that happens, I think you will see a little more out of The Gators in their last two non-conference games and, hopefully, against 'Bama. Otherwise, these games won by the defense will come to haunt us.
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