Those of you who have been reading this site for a while are probably familiar with Gatorpilot, who is a regular commenter on Garnet and Black Attack and runs the
Unfortunately, our next obstacle is a powerful Gators team that is winning against good teams by huge margins. Gatorpilot graciously agreed to answer some of my questions about this juggernaut they call the Florida Gators. My questions are in bold with his answers below. My answers to Gatorpilot's questions are here.
1. First of all, let's get the obligatory Spurrier question out of the way. You've outspokenly criticized Spurrier's choice to coach a division opponent. For his part, SOS claims that the novelty of playing his old team has worn off and that now this is just another game between two teams that need a win,
One thing I would like to make clear is that I have a great deal of respect for Steve Spurrier and his coaching accomplishments. And my voice doesn't speak for Gator Nation when I say I'm still unhappy that he chose to coach at a school which plays the Gators yearly, but I know there are still plenty of people out there who feel that way.
The novelty may have worn off, but when Spurrier says "it's just another game" he's obviously glossing over reality. This is not just another game, and won't be for as long as Spurrier is coaching in
He also elevated the play of
Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow did a lot to assuage Gator fears last year when they hung 51 points on the Gamecocks in
I'd be the first to tell you if I thought
What impresses me most is
See the rest after the jump.
3. The Gamecocks come into this game with one of the country's best defenses, while the Gators have one of the most explosive offenses we've seen in quite a few years. How will Tim Tebow and Friends attack the Gamecocks' D? What do you think the key matchups are? Do you think the Gamecocks are good enough to slow down the Gators offense at least a little bit, or will
I expect they'll attack the Gamecocks the same way they have every other team this year -- that scary, multifaceted attack that seems impossible to predict. I think you'll see plenty of Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey, and Emmanuel Moody running out of the backfield. Plenty of option. And a few bombs down the field to accompany
4. Your defense is much improved from a year ago. What has been the difference?
The '07 team returned only 2 starters on defense. This year the defense is still young but they're playing sound, fundamental defense and their talent is showing through. They are among the conference's best defenses right now (especially scoring defense) but next year they'll be scary good. The main difference is simply another year of experience, and also the learning experience of losing 4 games in painful fashion last season.
5. As usual,
Janoris Jenkins, a freshman cornerback who's playing close to an All-SEC level. He wraps up as well as any senior, lays some big hits and has some serious 'ups'. Joe Haden was a good CB as a freshman also, he's even better now as a sophomore. These are two very good, and highly underrated cornerbacks who can make life hell for Stephen Garcia.
6. Give us a prediction. Who will win the game and what will some of the key moments be?
There'll be at least one blocked punt. I predict a relatively tight first half thanks to