Your First True Florida Experience – A Florida Football Guide for the Class of 2018

My inaugural piece for OurTwoBits.com is addressed to the UF Class of 2018. But before I discuss what you can expect on your first game day in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, let me tell you a little bit about myself.

My name is Lucas Dolengowski and I am a senior telecommunications major. Some of you may recognize me as a radio personality on ESPN 850 WRUF; however, my more prominent role is as President of the Men’s Basketball Rowdies student organization (Shameless plug – follow us on Twitter/Instagram @MBKRowdies). You can find me in the front row of just about every home basketball game. While hoops are my passion, I am a HUGE sports fan in general. The Packers, Yankees, Red Wings and Pistons (yes, I know they’re rather scattered geographically) are my teams. I’ve aspired to be a sports broadcaster since the age of ten, and I’ve already started to live that dream at the greatest school in the world. One caveat to all this: I actually grew up a Gator hater. I’m almost ashamed to say it, but it was true. Originally from The Great Lakes State, I was raised as a Michigan Wolverine and a brother of the Big Ten. Even as a resident of Orlando for 15+ years, when it came to Florida and the SEC…I was, as the kids say these days, not about that life.

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But when I received my acceptance letter back in 2011, I knew immediately that this was the place for me. Gator Nation and the city of Gainesville both have a way of latching onto your heart and not letting go. That’s why I am writing this for all the newcomers on campus as the Florida football season opener approaches. Some of you freshmen have grown up in households that bleed orange and blue, or you have already witnessed a football game in The Swamp. But for the majority, your true induction into the Florida family will take place on August 30th.

My very first Gator game was back in 2010 (my senior year of high school, and I had just applied to UF), when Florida lost to LSU thanks to the infamous fake field goal. It was a fun experience despite the loss, but it didn’t really get me riled up. Fast forward to September 3, 2011: my first game as a student. Florida Atlantic was in town for the season opener, a night game, and Coach Muschamp’s debut. His defense suffocated the Owls and the Orange & Blue were victorious, 41-3. Jeff Driskel even played in mop-up duty.

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While I remember quite a bit about what happened in The Swamp that night, what comes to mind first are the emotions I felt; these are likely the emotions you’ll feel too. At first, anxiety – the only negative things about night games is that you wait around ALL DAY just wanting to get into the stadium.  Once you’ve flashed your Gator1 and scanned your ticket, there is nothing like the feeling that arises when you walk through the tunnel to your section. The 90,000 seats are filling with fans, the music is bumping, players are warming up, and a plethora of different scents pierces the humidity. Soak this in, because this experience – the first experience – is the most satisfying. When Chubbs (ironically, whose hand was bit off by a gator) tells Happy Gilmore, “Go to your happy place,” that’s one of the moments I would choose. You likely will too.

As kickoff nears, your adrenaline will peak when the video of alligators swimming plays to the chorus of thousands of hands chomping in unison. There is no better entrance in college football. Guaranteed. From there, just enjoy yourselves and cheer the Gators on to victory. Cherish the opportunity you have to take part in the amazing tradition that is Florida football.

To sum it all up, here are some tips and suggestions for your first football game as a student at the University of Florida:

  1. Get into the stadium early. I recommend 30-45 minutes before kickoff. You avoid long lines at the student ticket gates. Not only that, but you DEFINITELY don’t want to miss the traditional “Orange! Blue!” cheer, Mr. Two Bits, the “Gators” spell out, or the team running out of the tunnel.
  2. I certainly do not condone underage drinking. However, if you do decide to drink, do it in moderation. You don’t want to be the token drunk guy/girl in the student section. People want to watch the game, not take care of you.
  3. Learn the words to the fight song, alma mater and “We Are The Boys.” Your friends will be impressed and will probably want to follow suit.
  4. THE GATOR CHOMP IS RIGHT ARM OVER LEFT ARM. Please execute this correctly.
  5. When the Gators score, high five anyone and everyone in your vicinity. Don’t just limit your excitement to your group of friends. We’re all a part of Gator Nation!
  6. Don’t leave the contest early, no matter the score. Your post game debauchery can wait a few extra minutes. And when the clock does hit zero, head over towards the band and sing the alma mater with the team.
  7. And most importantly…BE LOUD!

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I look forward to seeing all of you at The Swamp and in the O’Connell Center this year! You can follow me on Twitter @LDolengowski and @MBKRowdiesPrez. Good luck and GO GATORS!

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Florida Season Preview: Best and Worst Case Scenarios

A guest post from some guy on the internet…he can be found on twitter, @Allawallakoala. He’s famous for the Muschamp Intensity Meter.

Florida Season Preview

I’ve been reading all of the preseason publications this summer and the general narrative of every single one of them is that Florida went 4-8 last year and no one knows what to expect this coming season. Also, Florida went 4-8 in case you hadn’t heard. 4-8. Did you see this? Did you hear about this? Yeah, turns out, Florida went 4-8. HIYOOOO! 4-8.

Well, I’m sick and tired of reading about it! It’s a new year! It’s time to kick some ass! WHO’S WITH ME?? Hold on. Is Muschamp still the head coach? Oh goddammit. You guys still want to do this? Really? OK. Well, here are the best and worst case scenarios for every position.

Quarterbacks
Best Case:
  The silver lining in Jeff Driskel’s season ending injury last season is that it gave him the redshirt year he needed, but didn’t receive as a freshman to develop mentally. The time off allows him to clear his mind, become a better leader, gain confidence, watch film, and get a better understanding of what defenses are doing. He stays healthy in 2014 and proves to be a perfect fit for Kurt Roper’s offense. We see a more confident, calm, decisive Driskel on the field as he plays his way into becoming an All-SEC QB. Will Grier or Treon Harris emerges as the backup and gains valuable experience in mop-up duty and package plays, keeping Driskel fresh while the other freshman redshirts.

Worst Case: Driskel sees his reflection in the mirror one day and becomes frightened that a doppelganger from another dimension has found its way to Earth and is here to exterminate him. Fearing his inevitable demise, he hides in a panic room for the next three decades. Will Grier is named the starter, but is immediately eaten by bees. Not even stung. They just straight up eat his ass. Treon Harris falls into the very same portal that Ozzie Smith fell into in that episode of The Simpsons where Mr. Burns hires a team of Major League Baseball players to play for his company softball team. This leaves Skyler Mornhinweg as the starting quarterback once again.

Running Backs
Best Case:
 Matt Jones comes back healthy and he and Kelvin Taylor form one of the best RB tandems in the SEC, if not the country, alongside T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry at Alabama. Mack Brown continues to be a solid third option and Adam Lane impresses when he is called upon.

Worst Case: Jones is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel for reasons unknown. Brown, Lane, and freshman Brandon Powell fly into Mexico to rescue him, but are also captured. This leaves Kelvin Taylor to carry the ball a record 511 times. At the end of the season, he is forced to retire from football after playing through nine concussions, a broken clavicle, a broken ulna, four broken ribs, a punctured lung, a severed finger, a ruptured spleen, a herniated disc, a strained oblique, a torn pec, a torn groin, a torn hamstring, a torn ACL, a broken kneecap, a torn Achilles tendon, several broken bones in each foot, and turf toe. Taylor only gains 510 yards.

Wide Receivers
Best Case:
 Chris Leak proves to be a competent position coach. Quinton Dunbar continues to be a reliable target while making more big plays. Demarcus Robinson becomes the player we all think he can be and becomes a stud. Ahmad Fullwood also breaks out and becomes a well-rounded receiver while using his 6’5” frame to dominate in the red zone. Latroy Pittman builds off his strong spring and finds a role in Roper’s offense in the slot. Andre Debose is finally healthy and is the deep threat Florida needs. One or two of the young guys step up and become another reliable option.

Worst Case: Chris Leak removes his mask to reveal he is Bush Hamdan. One day, the receivers all decide to go on a field trip to Chuck E. Cheese and board a bus. The bus swerves to avoid hitting a clown masturbating in the road and plunges over one of the many cliffs in Gainesville. Debose is the lone survivor and is granted a seventh year of eligibility, which he accepts. He plays 2015 under his seventh different position coach.

Offensive Line
Best Case:
 The line stays healthy. That’s it. Just stay healthy. This is the only position on the offense I’m honestly worried about. I’m not worried about Driskel or the quarterbacks. I’m not worried about Chris Leak taking over a group of talented, but unproven receivers. I’m not worried about the tight ends or running backs. I’m terrified about the line. It hasn’t been good for years and not coincidentally, neither has the offense. If the starting five doesn’t stay healthy, the team will have to rely on freshmen and that’s not the position you want to be in. They have bodies, but no one behind the starting line has played a down in college outside of Trip Thurman and JUCO transfer Drew Sarvary.

Worst Case: They don’t stay healthy. If they don’t stay healthy and the freshman don’t grow up in a hurry, it will be more of the same from the offense and we’ll all continue to be sad and miserable and angry and we’ll throw things. It will start with a soda, then a hot dog, then a rock, then a baby, then you’ll go to jail for that last one, but I’ll bust you out and we’ll go on the lam. We’ll head down to South America and lay low. I’ll find a beautiful Brazilian woman and fall in love, but you’ll fall in love with her too. A fight will ensue and in the heat of the moment I will smash your head with a rock killing you. Once again, I will be on the lam, but this time alone. I will leave a letter to my Brazilian love, Sophia, explaining why I can never see her again, but she will never see it because she will have run off with another man. I will never learn of this other man or that she never loved me to begin with and that I was just an American fling for her. I will spend the rest of my life pining for her wondering what could have been as I drink myself to death alone in a cabin in the unforgiving cold of northern Saskatchewan.

Tight Ends
Best Case:
 Virginia transfer Jake McGee is the much needed tight end target for Driskel. Tevin Westbrook and Clay Burton never ever have a pass thrown to them again and are asked only to do what they do well, which is block and get yelled at by Muschamp. Freshman Deandre Goolsby is good enough to earn playing time and gives Florida a second target with McGee.

Worst Case: McGee needs to write a paper on Babylonian king, Hammurabi. Instead of going to Wikipedia, he builds a functional time machine with the help of the three freshmen tight ends, Goolsby, C’yontai Lewis, and Moral Stephens. The four of them travel back to 1770 BC Babylon. While there, they become hungry, but with no local currency on them, they resort to each stealing a loaf of bread. They are caught and have their hands cut off. They return to the present day handless. Roper tells Driskel not to throw to Westbrook or Burton, but the two remaining hand-having tight ends hire a hypnotist to hypnotize Driskel, Roper, and Muschamp into thinking they are both Jimmy Graham. Driskel targets each tight end fifteen times a game. At season’s end, the tight ends are targeted a total of 365 times, but only catch one pass. That one catch was a ball that got stuck in Burton’s facemask and as he turned up field was immediately blasted by a linebacker that jarred the ball free resulting in a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

Defensive Line
Best Case:
 Dante Fowler becomes Dominique Easley 2.0 and annihilates opposing offensive tackles and quarterbacks. Another defensive tackle or two steps up to man the interior alongside Leon Orr keeping Jonathan Bullard at end where he’s best suited and more comfortable. The incoming freshmen of Gerald Willis, Khari Clark, and Thomas Holley are as advertised and are too good to keep off the field.

Worst Case: Easley’s — now Fowler’s — Chucky doll is really possessed causing all sorts of havoc and murder among the defensive linemen. Every time they think they’ve killed it, it just keeps coming back. This continues for five more seasons when everyone is like, “Really? The formula was stale after the second one. How many more times can this possessed doll be revived? Who the hell keeps reviving it? Doesn’t anyone know how to properly dispose of a soul these days? These people are idiots. This is stupid. I’ve lost interest.”

Linebacker
Best Case:
 The unit bounces back after a sub-par year that saw their share of injuries. Antonio Morrison plays more disciplined and improves in pass coverage. Jarrad Davis forces himself into the starting lineup with his play. Neiron Ball provides a pass rush from the position. The other three linebackers from last year’s freshmen class, Daniel McMillan, Alex Anzalone, and Matt Rolin are fully healthy and ready to contribute.

Worst Case: All the linebackers read this season preview and take offense to me cracking jokes about their teammates and show up to my house and proceed to whoop my ass, which isn’t hard to do because I’m 5’7” 150 lbs. and I don’t like to fight or engage in any physical contact, which is why my football career only lasted a week in 8th grade after I hopped in the Oklahoma drill on the first day in full pads of JV practice. Squirrely little me, a 5’6” 125 lbs. wide receiver, was about to tangle with the hardest hitter on the team, a 6’0” 175 lbs. linebacker/safety. It ended as you would expect, with me taking three steps before I found myself on my back looking up at a very beautiful, clear blue, Florida sky. As my teammates mobbed the guy who just smeared me across the grass, my only thought in that moment was “Baseball. Yeah, I think I’ll stick to baseball if I want to live.” Anyway, enough about what a pussy I am and back to that ass whooping I’ve had coming for years. After the entire linebacker corps is done thoroughly caving my skull in, they are all arrested and kicked off the team. Florida plays the season with no linebackers and gives up an NCAA single season record of 5,122 rushing yards.

Secondary
Best Case:
 Vernon Hargreaves III locks down everything. I mean everything – receivers, running backs, tight ends, lockers, gates, doors, windows, cars, safes, even the internet. Instead of seeing “https” and an image of a padlock in your address bar for secure sites, you’ll see “VHIII” and an image of Vernon’s face. In addition to Hargreaves, freshman Jalen Tabor continues Florida’s recent success with starting true freshmen cornerbacks. Duke Dawson and Brian Poole provide excellent depth and make each other better competing for the starting nickel spot. The safeties, namely Marcus Maye and Jabari Gorman, are finally ready to assume the duties of being starters and are steady as the last line of defense.

Worst Case: Hargreaves goes to see Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and it’s so bad his head explodes. The rest of the secondary sues Bay for Hargreaves’ death. Locked in a lengthy legal battle throughout the season, the secondary is distracted and unfocused during games resulting in an incalculable number of blown assignments and missed tackles. Adding insult to injury, the judge rules in favor of Bay.

Special Teams
Best Case:
 Like Caleb Sturgis, Austin Hardin figures it out after a couple of years and becomes a reliable, strong legged kicker. Kyle Christy returns to his sophomore form and does a remarkable job of flipping the field for the defense.

Worst Case: Desperate to become better, Hardin and Christy are approached by a man who claims he can make them each one of the greatest kickers and punters of all-time. The man promises Hardin the ability to drill an 80-yard field goal and Christy the ability to knock a ball out at the opponent’s 1-yard line. They both agree without thinking. In the first game of the season against Idaho, Hardin hits an 80-yarder on the first drive and Christy booms a beautiful punt that goes out at Idaho’s 1 on the second drive. On the sideline, the mysterious man appears. It turns out he’s the Devil and has returned to claim their souls and takes them with him back to Hell.

Season Outlook
Best Case:
 I think this team’s ceiling is ten wins and a trip to the SEC Championship Game. There are a lot of “if’s” involved in that, but the biggest key to the success of the season comes down to health, specifically Driskel and the offensive line. If they stay healthy, I think Kurt Roper will make a big difference with the offense. As long as Muschamp’s been at Florida, we’ve never had to worry about the defense, so the pressure is on the offense to score for the fourth consecutive year. The schedule is ruthless as always, but a lot of those teams are breaking in new quarterbacks and/or have question marks in other areas and Florida has enough talent on both sides of the ball to get to Atlanta. After last season, I have no idea how this season will play out. That’s not to say I know how any season will play out because I don’t, nor does anyone, but no one saw 4-8 coming last August. I think, realistically, they win nine and maybe slip into the SEC Championship Game by beating South Carolina in their final conference game. I’m being optimistic with that guess because if I don’t I will cry tears of pure acid. I don’t know how that’s possible, but it will happen. Four years of watching an inept offense will cause drastic physiological changes in a person.

Worst Case: Going into the Kentucky game, Florida only has six healthy scholarship players available. The Wildcats end their losing streak to Florida in a 41-10 blowout. Fans revolt and set everything on fire. The state of Florida descends into anarchy (more so than usual). Muschamp is captured and burned at the steak. Yes, I said steak because again, this state isn’t very bright. President Obama declares a state of emergency in Florida. Military personnel are sent in, but are no match for an army of angry Floridians on bath salts and meth. Nuclear weapons are drawn and a tweaker from Polk County hits the button sending the United States and the rest of the world back into the stone age. The numerous seismic explosions upset the Earth and volcanoes begin erupting, spewing ash into the sky that envelopes the planet like the candy around the gum of a Blow Pop. Earthquakes rip open the ground. The planet becomes unstable and slowly starts spinning off its axis. The core heats up before a massive explosion that sends chunks of Earth streaking through the solar system. The only thing that survives is #FSUTwitter who collectively tweets, “LOL, Gators! You suck!”

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Steve Spurrier will always be Spurrier, and we thank him for it

 

(Photo: Butch Dill,AP)

(Photo: Butch Dill,AP)

SEC Media Days is in Hoover, Ala. for the next three days and on Tuesday we got to to hear from our favorite Head Ball Coach. Everything from Davy Crockett and The Alamo, the USFL Bandits and everything in between was discussed. Here’s the best of the best from Spurrier on Tuesday.

On the importance of keeping big time donors happy:

“The big donors in college are similar to like an owner in the NFL because they put the money up. The best part of it, they don’t tell us what to do, though.  They’re sort of the owners from a distance.  They don’t tell you who to play, what plays to call, so forth.”

On the rivalry with Texas A&M and the Alamo Trophy the winner gets:

“I heard about it.  Read about it.  Didn’t know it’s official yet.  I’m actually from Tennessee.  I always was taught the hero of the Alamo was Davy Crockett, so this was a new one on me. It’s a good story, I’m sure Bonham did some good things.  I always thought Davie Crockett was the hero of the Alamo, he and those 33 Tennessee guys that came in there and got killed, so forth (!!!!). So the trophy was a little surprising to me.”

Whether or not South Carolina fans would rather beat Clemson or win the SEC each year:

“What I’ve also learned at South Carolina, our fans realize there’s more to life than winning the SEC championship.  They really do.  We’re in a state with Clemson.  Clemson used to pretty much own South Carolina in football, no question about it.  We have a state championship trophy.  If you ask our fans at South Carolina, I can assure you a majority would say, We would rather beat Clemson than win the SEC.  That is how big it is to them, that one game. Personally I’d rather win the SEC.  I don’t mind saying that. Personally that’s the bigger trophy.” 

On players leaving school early for the NFL:

Anytime one of them tells me he wants to go pro, I shake his hand, say, Good luck, I’m all for you. I think the days of a coach talking a kid into staying is not smart.  He could get hurt his last year.”

Texas A&M-Texas Rivalry:

“I think it’s a shame that Texas and Texas A&M don’t play each other, though.  I don’t mind saying that.  Two schools that have been playing for over a hundred years, just because one of them joins another conference, get mad at each other, We’re not playing you anymore, we’re not playing you anymore.  So I don’t know.  I think it is sad. Florida plays Florida State.  We play Clemson. Georgia plays Georgia Tech.  We’re in different conferences, but they are in‑state rivals.  The fans want to see that, to me.  They want to see you beat the guys next door, the neighbors.”

How important being a head coach with the USFL Bandits was for his career (And apparently USFL owners knew nothing about football):

“I’m pretty fortunate, very blessed still being a head coach, I guess. The USFL, it was a wonderful experience.  The owner, John Massey, a wonderful guy. I mean, he didn’t know football, didn’t pretend to know football.  He said, I’ll help you get whatever players you need and away we go.”

On former SC quarterback Stephen Garcia’s new long locks:

“One of our media guys asked about Stephen.  I saw him on TV last night.  He was interviewed by our local TV celebrity in Columbia there.  He got his long hair back.  I said it looked like he had joined Duck Dynasty instead of the media.  They assured me he’s with the media now.” 

Morgan Moriarty is a fourth year Telecommunications major at the University of Florida. She covers college football and recruiting for Florida Sports Talk Radio/NBC Sports. She is the lead recruiting reporter for The Alligator, and contributes for OurTwoBits.com. She is also on the University of Florida Women’s Club Water Polo Team. Her wedding song will without a doubt be the College Game Day theme music. After getting her undergrad at UF, she hopes to have a career in sports broadcasting. Find her on Twitter: @Morgan_Moriarty

 

 

 

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Two Gators get into a fight in Tampa…

They aren’t football players or any University of Florida athlete at all, but this is still pretty crazy to see. Gator on Gator crime…


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Breaking Down Florida’s Wide Receiving Corps

(Thomas Goldkamp/GatorBait.net)

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Believe it or not, fall camp for Gator football begins in just 26 short days. This year, I will be covering Florida football for The Independent Florida Alligator. From now until kickoff against Idaho, I’ll be breaking down the team position by position. I started with the wide receivers for this week. Check out the link to the article below, and enjoy!

Positional Breakdown: Wide Receiver

Morgan Moriarty is a third year Telecommunications major at the University of Florida. She covers college football and recruiting for Florida Sports Talk Radio/NBC Sports. She is the lead recruiting reporter for The Alligator, and contributes for OurTwoBits.com. She is also on the University of Florida Women’s Club Water Polo Team. Her wedding song will without a doubt be the College Game Day theme music. After getting her undergrad at UF, she hopes to have a career in sports broadcasting. Find her on Twitter: @Morgan_Moriarty

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SEC on CBS Announces 2014 Football Schedule

CBS announced its 2014 SEC Football schedule on Tuesday afternoon. The SEC ON CBS schedule features a total of 16 games during the network’s 14-week season, including two doubleheaders and the SEC Championship on Saturday, Dec. 6 (4:00 PM, ET).

verngaryFlorida could likely make a handful of these primetime CBS slots, as they normally do. Here’s a breakdown of the slate of SEC games for each of CBS’ weeks, and which teams will likely be chosen as the network’s game of the week.

 

Saturday, Sept. 13 – 3:30-7:00 PM – GEORGIA at SOUTH CAROLINA  

Saturday, Sept. 20 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK:

SEC Game Options:

  • Florida @ Alabama
  • South Carolina @ Vanderbilt
  • Mississippi State @ LSU

Likely winner: Florida-Alabama. Both teams bring in strong viewership, and it’s a huge cross-divisional matchup early in the season.

Saturday, Sept. 27 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK:

SEC Game Options:

  • Tennessee @ Georgia
  • Vanderbilt @ Kentucky
  • Arkansas vs Texas A&M
  • Missouri @ South Carolina

Likely winner: This one’s tough, considering that both the Mizzou-South Carolina and Tennessee-Georgia games went into overtime last year—Mizzou’s going into double OT. Arkansas-TAMU is a neutral site game in Arlington, and has historical significance as these two teams clashed back in the Southwest Conference days. I’ll go with Missouri-South Carolina though, because both of these teams are in the hunt for the SEC East title this season.

Saturday, Oct. 4 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK:

SEC Game Options:

Tennessee v Florida

  • Florida @ Tennessee
  • LSU @ Auburn
  • Vanderbilt @ Georgia
  • South Carolina @ Kentucky
  • Alabama @ Ole Miss
  • Texas A&M @ Mississippi State

Likely winner: Florida @ Tennessee, simply because of tradition. Last season, the game aired on CBS for the 17th time in 18 years.

Saturday, Oct. 11 – 12:00 NOON-3:30 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK #1 

Saturday, Oct. 11 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK #2    

SEC Game Options:

  • LSU @ Florida
  • Alabama @ Arkansas
  • Georgia @ Missouri
  • Ole Miss @ Texas A&M
  • Auburn @ Mississippi State

Likely winner: Since CBS has two slots this week, I can see Georgia @ Missouri getting the noon spot and LSU @ Florida getting 3:30. Last year’s Georgia-Missouri game was a noon game on ESPN, and LSU-Florida remains one of CBS’ top games ratings-wise.

Saturday, Oct. 18 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

SEC Game Options:

  • Missouri @ Florida
  • Georgia @ Arkansas
  • Kentucky @ LSU
  • Tennessee @ Ole Miss
  • Texas A&M @ Alabama

Likely winner:  Texas A&M @ Alabama: This one’s a no-brainer—it has emerged as quite a rivalry with Texas A&M’s upset of the Tide in 2012, and Bama’s win in the rematch last season. Even without Johnny Manziel and AJ McCarron, this game will bring in big ratings.

Saturday, Oct. 25 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

SEC Game Options:

  • South Carolina @ Auburn
  • Mississippi State @ Kentucky
  • Ole Miss @ LSU
  • Vanderbilt @ Missouri
  • Alabama @ Tennessee

Likely winner: South Carolina @ Auburn, but the annual Bama-Tennessee game could sneak in.

Saturday, Nov. 1 – 3:30-7:00 PM – FLORIDA vs. GEORGIA-A game Will Muschamp hasn’t been on the winning side of as a player or coach. This game’s outcome will likely save or cause him to lose his job in Gainesville.

Saturday, Nov. 8 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK #1

Saturday, Nov. 8 – 8:00-11:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK #2

SEC Game Options:

  • Florida @ Vanderbilt
  • Texas A&M @ Auburn
  • Georgia @ Kentucky
  • Alabama @ LSU

Likely winners: This mark’s the network’s second double header. I see Texas A&M @ Auburn getting the 3:30 slot and Alabama @ LSU getting the 8pm slot. 2011’s “Game of the Century” matchup between Bama and LSU—both ranked No. 1 and 2 at the time—brought in the highest ratings for a CBS regular-season game in 24 years.

Saturday, Nov. 15 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

SEC Game Options:

  • South Carolina @ Florida
  • LSU @ Arkansas
  • Auburn @ Georgia
  • Missouri @ Texas A&M
  • Mississippi State @ Alabama

Likely winner: This one’s a toss-up as the South Carolina-Florida game could determine who makes the trip to Atlanta representing the SEC East. But the “Miracle in Jordan Hare” Auburn-Georgia game last year was in the 3:30 CBS slot.


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Saturday, Nov. 22 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

SEC Game Options: 

  • Ole Miss @ Arkansas
  • Vanderbilt @ Mississippi State
  • Missouri @ Tennessee

Likely winner: This is clearly a less than thrilling slate of SEC games, as the week before rivalry week usually is. I see Missouri @ Tennessee getting this one, as the Vols will be much improved this year, and they play significantly better at Neyland Stadium.

Friday, Nov. 28 – 2:30-6:00 PM – ARKANSAS at MISSOURI

Saturday, Nov. 29 – 3:30-7:00 PM – SEC GAME OF THE WEEK 

SEC Game Options: 

  • Auburn @ Alabama

Likely winner: Auburn @ Alabama. There are actually three other SEC matchups this week (Arkansas @ Missouri , Mississippi State @ Ole Miss, Tennessee @ Vanderbilt) But picking the Iron Bowl is indisputable after last year’s miraculous finish in Jordan Hare.

Saturday, Dec. 6 – 4:00-7:30 PM – SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Morgan Moriarty is a third year Telecommunications major at the University of Florida. She covers college football and recruiting for Florida Sports Talk Radio/NBC Sports. She is the lead recruiting reporter for The Alligator, and contributes for OurTwoBits.com. She is also on the University of Florida Women’s Club Water Polo Team. Her wedding song will without a doubt be the College Game Day theme music. After getting her undergrad at UF, she hopes to have a career in sports broadcasting. Find her on Twitter: @Morgan_Moriarty

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College Football’s Top 100 Games for 2014

The 2014 College Football season is just 100 short days away. Because I love college football more than most things in this world, I took it upon myself to put together a list of the Top 100 games for 2014-in honor of the season being 100 days away. Enjoy!

(Disclaimer: I got a little excited putting this list together that I went a few games over 100. You’re welcome.)

WEEK 1

Wednesday August 27th

Abilene Christian @ Georgia State-7pm ESPNU: Wednesday Night Sun Belt Football on opening week? Heck yes.

Thursday August 28th

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Texas A&M at South Carolina-6pm, SEC Network: SEC Network gets college football’s opening game for 2014. No more Connor Shaw or Johnny Football here, but the opening Thursday night game in Williams-Brice is always fun.

Boise State vs Ole Miss-8pm, ESPN

Temple at Vanderbilt-9pm, SEC Network

Friday August 29th

BYU @ Connecticut

Saturday August 30th

Penn State vs UCF-8:30am ESPN2 (Dublin, Ireland)-You guys. Live College Football. AT 8:30AM!!! #TurnUp

App State @ Michigan- Just gonna to leave this here


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UCLA @ Virginia: PAC-12 and playoff favorite UCLA gets a roadtrip to UVA to open 2014. Yeah, the Cavs finished 2-10 last season, but opening on the road is different—I don’t care how good you are.

Clemson at Georgia-This matchup doesn’t feature the high flying quarterbacks as last year’s game, but Georgia certainly has revenge on its mind after the 38-35 loss in Death Valley a year ago.

Alabama vs West Virginia-3:30, ESPN2 (Atlanta, GA)

Arkansas @ Auburn-4pm, SEC Network: The defending SEC Champions open the season with a conference divisional opponent.

Florida State vs Oklahoma State-8pm, ABC (Arlington, TX)

LSU vs Wisconsin-9pm, ESPN (Houston, TX)

Monday September 1st

Miami @ Louisville-8pm, ESPN-Miami opens 2014 with a rematch of the team that beat them handily 36-9 in last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl.

WEEK 2

Friday, September 5th

Pittsburgh @ Boston College-7pm, ESPN

Saturday, September 6th

FAU @ Alabama- 12pm, SEC Network: Only reason I put this game was I’m legitimately concerned it could end up being 73-0. Yikes.

BYU @ Texas

Virginia Tech @ Oklahoma State 

Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt 

Michigan State @ Oregon: Heisman favorite Marcus Mariota vs Michigan State’s nasty secondary? Yes please. 

USC @ Stanford

Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt

Michigan @ Notre Dame-7:30, NBC: Because I’ll never forget this 2011 drive by UM’s Denard Robinson, so I put it here for your enjoyment. (Start at :09 in.)


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Week 3

 Saturday September 13th

UCF @ Missouri- 12pm, SEC Network: The defending Fiesta Bowl Champs travel up to Columbia to face the defending SEC East Champs. Can the Knights prove they are a playoff candidate even without Blake Bortles?

Kansas @ Duke: Sadly, this isn’t a basketball game.

Tennessee @ Oklahoma: Big-12 vs SEC games scream “FUN”. But hey, that’s just me.

UCLA @ Texas: You’ll see a lot of UCLA’s games on here-that’s because pretty much every game they play this season is important if they want a playoff bid.

Georgia @ South Carolina: Two SEC East favorites clash early this season.

Arkansas @ Texas Tech: Two words: Kliff Kingsbury.

Kentucky @ Florida- 7:30, SEC Network: Florida gets back-to-back SEC Network games getting Kentucky at home.

 

Week 4

Thursday, September 18th

Auburn @ Kansas State: Keep in mind that with the playoff system in place this season, every game is important. Could the Tigers lose this game and still come out as SEC Champs? Yes, but that doesn’t guarantee them a spot in the playoff. That is determined by the 13 members of the College Football Playoff Committee.

 Saturday, September 20th

Clemson @ Florida State

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Florida @ Alabama: Florida gets a huge road test early this season.

Miami @ Nebraska-8pm, ABC: Anyone who was around “The U” in the 80′s knows the significance of this matchup.

Week 5

Thursday September 25th

Texas Tech @ Oklahoma State: It was a Thursday night game that gave Kingsbury an E! News interview. Because you know, “E! News: The Worldwide Leader in Sports”.

 Saturday September 27th

Tennessee @ Georgia: Let’s see if this game can top 2013′s overtime thriller.

Stanford @ Washington 

Arkansas vs Texas A&M (Arlington, TX): Having this a neutral-site game in Jerry World makes it 10x more fun. 

Missouri @ South Carolina: South Carolina rallied back from a 17-point deficit to beat Mizzou in double overtime last year.


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Week 6

Friday, October 3rd

Louisville @ Syracuse-7pm, ESPN

Saturday, October 4th

Florida @ Tennessee: Don’t sleep on the Vols in this matchup-they play like a whole different team in Knoxville.

LSU @ Auburn: LSU handed Auburn its only loss in the regular season before reaching the National Title game.

Baylor @ Texas

Stanford @ Notre Dame- 3:30, NBC

Nebraska @ Michigan State- 8pm, ABC

Week 7

Georgia @ Missouri

Oregon @ UCLA: This is the best PAC-12 matchup this season by far.

Alabama @ Arkansas

Texas vs Oklahoma

LSU @ Florida: Even though Florida is coming off of a 4-8 season, this rivalry remains huge.

Louisville @ Clemson 

Penn State @ Michigan-7pm, ESPN 

Week 8

Notre Dame @ FSU

Missouri @ Florida: Depending on where everyone stands, this is a pivotal SEC East matchup.

UCLA @ Cal 

USP NCAA FOOTBALL: ALABAMA AT TEXAS A&M S FBC USA TX

Texas A&M @ Alabama: No Johnny Football or AJ McCarron anymore, but this has become a true rivalry the last two seasons. 

Week 9

Thursday, October 23rd

Miami @ Virginia Tech- 7:30pm, ESPN 

Friday, October 24th 

Oregon @ Cal: Something about this Friday night game whispers “trap” to me for the Ducks.

Saturday, October 24th 

Ole Miss @ LSU 

Michigan @ Michigan State

South Carolina @ Auburn 

Alabama @ Tennessee: Bama gets its annual cross-divisional opponent late in the season.

Ohio State @ Penn State: Could first year head coach James Franklin upset the Buckeyes in Happy Valley? If he does, who knows what kind of sad post-game meal Urban will have afterwards.

Week 10

Thursday, October 30th 

Florida State @ Louisville: This would’ve easily been FSU’s toughest game on their schedule-had it not been for the bye the ‘Noles get conveniently the week before. The Cardinals are Bridgewater and Charlie Strong-less, but a home crowd could give them the spark they need to pull off the upset.

Saturday, November 1st

Auburn @ Ole Miss

Florida vs Georgia- 3:30, CBS

Tennessee @ South Carolina 

Texas @ Texas Tech

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Stanford @ Oregon: Stanford spoiled my hopes for an Oregon national title bid last season. This game could give Mariota a platform to seal a Heisman victory.

Week 11

Saturday, November 8th

Baylor @ Oklahoma

Alabama @ LSU 

Florida vs Vanderbilt: Last season marked Vandy’s first road win in Gainesville since 1945. If Florida somehow winds up losing in Nashville, the wheels will officially fall off at Florida.

Texas A&M @ Auburn: Auburn’s 45-41 win at Kyle Field last year is what sparked their unbelievable National Title run.

Ohio State @ Michigan State: A rematch of last year’s Big 10 championship, in which Sparty handed the Buckeyes their first loss in 24 games, and spoiled their chances for a trip to Pasadena. Turn. Up.

Week 12

Wednesday, November 12th

Kent State @ Bowling Green: #MACtion y’all!

Thursday, November 13th

Cal @ USC

Saturday, November 15th

Nebraska @ Wisconsin 

Northwestern @ Notre Dame 

Missouri @ Texas A&M 

Auburn @ Georgia: Has the potential to be one one of the most exciting offensive matchups in the SEC all year. 

South Carolina @ Florida: Spurrier returns to The Swamp after the 42-11 rout the Gamecocks suffered in 2012.

Oklahoma @ Texas Tech 

Florida State @ Miami: Could Miami pull off the upset at home? Probably not, but we can dream.

Week 13

Thursday, November 20th

North Carolina @ Duke: Don’t be surprised if this game decides the ACC Coastal title.

Saturday, November 22nd

Vanderbilt @ Mississippi State 

Louisville @ Notre Dame 

Missouri @ Tennessee

Week 14: Rivalry Week

Thursday, November 27th

LSU @ Texas A&M

TCU @ Texas

Friday, November 28th  

Stanford @ UCLA

Virginia @ Virginia Tech 

UCF @ South Florida

Saturday, November 29th

Notre Dame @ USC 

South Carolina @ Clemson: The Tigers have lost five straight to the Gamecocks. Could Spurrier do it again for a sixth straight year?

Michigan @ Ohio State

Baylor @ Texas Tech

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Florida @ FSU: Florida could get a chance to spoil the ‘Noles playoff hopes with an upset victory in Tallahassee…but I’ve already put an L for Florida next to that one. Sorry folks.

 

Iron Bowl

Auburn @ Alabama: Everything I could say about last year can be summed up below.


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Week 15

Saturday, December 6th

Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma

SEC Championship 

PAC 12 Conference Championship 

ACC Conference Championship 

Big 10 Conference Championship 

Morgan Moriarty is a third year Telecommunications major at the University of Florida. She covers college football and recruiting for Florida Sports Talk Radio/NBC Sports. She is the lead recruiting reporter for The Alligator, and contributes for OurTwoBits.com. She is also on the University of Florida Women’s Club Water Polo Team. Her wedding song will without a doubt be the College Game Day theme music. After getting her undergrad at UF, she hopes to have a career in sports broadcasting. Find her on Twitter: @Morgan_Moriarty

 

 

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Get Prepared for Florida versus UConn in just 45 seconds (Video)

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Let’s GO GATORS!!!! Beat UConn!!!….

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About their business, Gators focusing this week on Final Four preparation

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The Florida Gators are headed to their 5th Final Four appearance in school history, which ties them with legendary programs such as Syracuse and Georgetown for appearances. But, standing in their way from reaching the Championship Game is the University of Connecticut. Gators lost to UConn on a buzzer beater back in December, but a lot has changed since then. For more information on this revenge game check out the following video from our friends at Campus Insiders with help from Gatorzone.com‘s own, Chris Harry.


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Will Florida Football bounce back in 2014?

Florida’s 4-8 2013 season was it’s worse since 1979 when they went 0-10. The real question mark going into 2014 is whether Florida’s Offense will help return the team to it’s 2012 winning ways proving that 2013 was a fluke OR will it continue to hold this team back.  Our friends at Campus Insiders discuss further:

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