Florida Gators: We Now Have an Idea—It's Not Pretty

Jim FolsomContributorOctober 3, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators looks down at the ground on the sidelines during their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Remember back to the week before the preseason when I wrote that the first two games often tell us a lot about what's ahead?

Remember the words I used to describe the Week 1 win over Miami of Ohio? Putrid, disgusting, offensive, horrid, and a few others I couldn't write in case there are children reading come to mind. But wait? Florida won the game 32-14. Aren't you being a bit over dramatic? Well, you got your answer last night.

If you've followed my weekly top 10 polls, you know what I think of Alabama. They are far and away the best team in football. And it's not even close. But that is no excuse.

There is no excuse for the University of Florida, winners of two National Titles under the current head coach, to get tarred and feathered on prime time TV like they were last night. None. I'm not saying you should beat Alabama on their home field. But that game was over by the end of the first quarter.

I know, I said whoever got off to a good start would win the game. But that doesn't mean that when there are three quarters left to play, you just quit. In fairness, the replay officials blew it when they ruled Trey Burton was down before he reached the ball out over the goal line. But that again is no excuse. You had two more plays. Two plays from inside the one.

Note to Meyer. It's time to shelve the jump pass. And while you're at it, scrap the rest of the Tim Tebow playbook.

You have a pocket passer for a quarterback now. It's time to put in a more Spurrier like offense. Put the ball up often. Use the pass to set up the run. Stretch the field vertically. No more of the dive play. It's become what the bubble screen was to Zook.

Be embarrassed. You should be. These guys punched you in the mouth and ruined your perfect season, back-to-back titles, and dynasty status last December. And THIS was your reply? I hope this makes you angry. I hope this puts the fire back in your belly that you had the last time you went to Tuscaloosa and got drilled like this.

If we re-group and meet them again in Atlanta, I hope we have a better response.