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With Florida and LSU going down, it seems many people are on different sides of the "they're flat" vs "they just got whipped and SEC is overrated" coin. Thinking back to Bama (vs Utah) and watching the Gator game last night, I used to think not being interested or coming out flat was a bowl game day issue. After watching Florida players into it and really laying some licks (no homo.. lol), my opinion has changed.
I believe Bama in '08 and Florida last night were very much into the games and came out to win on gameday. The difference is the focus during preparation for the month leading up to it. Once the game is here, I'm sure the players try as hard as they can. Not focusing or giving 100% mentally and physically leading up to the game because you don't care, think it'll be a cake walk, are concerned if you go in the draft, come back to school, and everything else these guys deal with is the difference in the game. Part of it is the let down of not competing for a championship but the Sugar Bowl match ups have been junk lately. A non-AQ team, big east, or other small conference team doesn't grab the excitement of the players or fans. Check out Florida's attendance.
Anyone have thoughts on this topic?
LSU lost was because Les Miles is Dumb when it comes to clock Management.
Florida lost because they were over-confindent and tried to play Thug Ball instead of just playing Real Football. Neither Team came out flat. They just got beat.
I think a lot of our loss to Utah was due to losing Andre Smith and Mike Johnson.
And Florida did not blitz enough or run the ball enough imo. Did not stick to what won them games this year, which is wearing teams down physically in the run game.
LSU wasn't flat, Florida was. That resembled how they showed up against some of the weaker talent this year.
Did y'all see the one UF player stick his finger in the official's face? And then the other who threw a punch and got ejected. Was pretty sad to see.
Cannot disagree with what you guys are saying. LSU more beat themselves, UF just did not get off the bus until it was too late.
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Yeah. That UF player that was all up in the face of the official would not be playing for my football team were I the coach. That display by Florida last night was straight trashy. Thats why Florida, LSU, AU, and Georgia are consistently the most penalized in the SEC...because they are raised to be trashy people in football costumes.
That's what is so great about Coach Saban. He wouldn't tolerate that kind of idiocy.
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I think there is truth to what you are saying. UF didn't play with the same intensity as Louisville but I wouldn't say they were totally flat either. I believe in the second half they wanted to turn it on but were unprepared to do so.
I think against A&M and Utah Bama actually came out flat and the teams we were playing were at an all time high. By the time Bama turned it on it was too late. I will say... the Bama team that played against Utah was less prepared than the Bama team that played against A&M (which is on point with what you are saying). Plus, the two best OL on the team (both NFL starters) were out so the talent level was much different than normal as well.
One thing all of the teams that played well had in common... a hot qb!
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