Florida Gators' March To Atlanta and Their Season of Dread

Tom KesslerCorrespondent INovember 20, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators looks on during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The feeling of dread is almost unbearable.

Florida is perfect this season, while playing imperfect ball. The wins haven’t been pretty enough. The offense isn’t sexy. Defense is the star of the show...but defense just ain’t sexy.

As each week unfolds, expectations have grown...but the potential for disappointment grows, too.

This game with...whoever Florida plays on Saturday is just a distraction. An afterthought disturbing the anticipation/angst at what looms.

Florida State!


National Championship game?

Make no mistake. Florida vs Florida State is a series rooted in major upsets. With the close games Florida is playing this year, FSU could surprise.

Alabama has impressed this year. With a new QB, Nick Saban has done a tremendous job and ‘Bama is very dangerous. Florida vs Bama is already an instant classic...as long as Florida disposes of FSU, and Bama beats Auburn...it will be a game for the ages. But Auburn could surprise, as that is a series rooted in major upsets.


There are articles out this week dissecting Florida’s keys to a victory over FIU at the Swamp on Saturday.

Serious missives written talking about turnovers, field position, positional match-ups, play calling and special teams.  The articles miss the most obvious point.

To beat FIU, Florida just has to show up. They can’t sustain any injuries on their walk into the stadium.

How is master motivator Urban Meyer possibly going to be able to convince his team to take this weeks opponent seriously? Can we forgive 18-21 year old men if they play a lackluster game on Saturday?  The pregame speech should be realistic, “Gentlemen, just go out there and don’t get hurt. Save yourself for the FSU game, we want to beat Bobby Bowden in the last game he coaches in this rivalry."

Expect a vanilla offense and defense, with plenty of substitutions and Florida’s third string players seeing significant playing time.

Forgive the team if they don’t look particularly sharp, this is after all...a bye-week.

There are only four more games with Tim Tebow wearing Orange and Blue. Enjoy every one of them.