Sitting here at the keyboard and the following thoughts have run through my head.
JAMEIS, GATORS ‘O’ AND RIVALRIES
…Sure it was just Pitt. In two weeks it’ll just be Nevada and so forth. Bottom line is it was a primetime game and with all eyes focused on Jameis Winston he delivered. He went on the road against a conference opponent and dissected Pitt like a frog. It was a virtuoso performance from a young man that seems to have the tools for success. Last month I said that Seminole fans needed to relax and enjoy Winston so I not going to rain on their parade today. Instead I’m going to talk about Winston’s dynamic arm and the fact that, in one night, he made the sort of decisive, pinpoint accurate throws that his predecessors (both of whom were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft) couldn’t do.
…I’m not sure if Florida’s offense was vanilla by nature last Saturday or if that’s just the way Brent Pease’s offense is going to be. Either way after hearing about how comfortable Jeff Driskel has gotten in the passing game and how much big-play potential this quarterback has we got a 153-yard, one touchdown performance against a Toledo team that has struggled on defense. Driskel was efficient (17-for-22) but took few chances against a team that gave up over 31 points per game in 2012. He was also sacked twice, lost a fumble and didn’t look very comfortable throwing in the pocket. Driskel’s strength is his athleticism and running ability and I believe they will have him moving around more this week against Miami.
…Speaking of Florida-Miami it appears that the in-state series is finished for the current time. Florida AD Jeremy Foley said any future games would have to be neutral-site contests and with Florida already playing an annual neutral-site game against Georgia it’s highly unlikely there will be a second one added. While the Florida-Miami rivalry was a lot of fun in the 80s and I expect the atmosphere in Sun Life Stadium to be a lot of fun this year it’s clear that the Florida brass views the game as little more than an inconvenience. Florida is very comfortable with a schedule of Florida State, eight SEC games and three home games that provide less resistance. The lack of variety to the schedule doesn’t always make Gator Nation happy but over the last 23 years it’s worked.
OTHER RANDOM POINTS
Teddy Bridgewater made a nice account of himself against an overmatched Ohio defense and has taken the early lead in the Heisman race…Texas Tech’s true freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns. Oh yeah he’s a WALK ON…The FCS struck early and hard this weekend with eight programs winning games against the FBS. Four of the FCS schools won by double digits and combined these schools also made about $3 million. Talk about winning…Johnny Football is going with the narrative on him and becoming college football’s bad boy. I’m happy to see it because college football always needs characters and for many years it worked for Miami so why not try it?…The referees are already somewhat confused by the new adjustments to the targeting rule and probably just wishes it would go away…As a fan I am sad to see Notre Dame-Michigan go away but rivalries are being sacrificed due to the constantly changing landscape of college football. Bottom line is ND-Michigan was nice but it’s not necessary. However the lack of a Texas-Texas A&M game is something that need to be fixed sooner than later.