Sunday, October 4, 2015
Remember when the Florida Gators were bad at football? Yeah, that's over now
The Gators, coached by Will Muschamp just last year, went out and beat down the Rebels, who recently defeated Alabama. Florida, whose offense ranked No. 12 in the SEC last year, scored more points on Ole Miss than Cal scored on Washington State on Saturday. Florida, which gave up 42 to Missouri last year, allowed fewer points to Ole Miss than LSU allowed to Eastern Michigan.
Things have changed, is what we're saying.
Even weirder: the Gators are suddenly fun as heck to watch. They've got a dancing, all-world cornerback, a Piesman-eligible defensive lineman, a competent offense, a quarterback in Will Grier who plainly outdueled Chad Kelly and happy fans? What is going on?
They're 5-0 for the second time since 2009 and sure to be ranked in the top 20 for the first time in two years. And it's not easy to find a reason why they can't win the SEC East or beat Florida State.
For the Rebels, the hardest part might be the feeling that this loss was lurking: "If you are an Ole Miss fan, you had to figure this would happen."
Elsewhere in teams that are suddenly good again, Michigan has allowed all of 14 points since Sept. 3, the winner of next week's Cal-Utah GameDay game can be considered a Pac-12 favorite, Northwestern is starting to do what elite teams do and 5-0 Iowa won an "Old Kirk Ferentz" game.
Clemson emerges unscathed. The No. 12 Tigers hosted No. 6 Notre Dame in a Saturday night battle of undefeateds, and emerged victorious after a poorly conceived two-point conversion attempt. Notre Dame made it close at the end, but its version of effortin' early on left some to be desired. Two offensive linemen combined to tackle a Clemson lineman, while a Notre Dame defender shushed the Clemson crowd, trailing 21-3.
And we go live to ... Saturday's defining moment, ABC's awkward SportsCenter cutaway during Dabo Swinney's fiery post-Notre Dame sermon.