Talking Florida Gators vs. Tennessee: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we talk about the Florida Gators vs. Tennessee game now that its location has been finalized.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down why the game remains in Gainesville and how the team is preparing despite missing Monday’s practice.

Andrew and Nick also start to break down the game and how the Gators can attack a weak Tennessee defense.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, nice to be back. Looks like things went about as good as possible. Still some damage. Still some flooding and all that good stuff, but I don’t know about you, Nick, but I’m glad to be talking football.

Nick:                         Yeah. Still talking football. Hurricane Irma, for parts of Florida, and certainly for the Caribbean, was devastating. We got really lucky here in Gainesville. Certainly people are without power. People are dealing with flooding, but that path that Irma took, where it kind of got hung up on Cuba, I think really helped the entire state of Florida. It certainly helped all of us here in Gainesville.

Andrew:                 Yeah. It was a little bit of a question mark about whether the game would be played or not. Something I learned is that Tennessee is actually going to send some police officers down and some people to help work the game, to help Florida with it. The SEC is going to actually pay that, so that will kind of relieve some of the stress off of Florida for that. At the end of the day, it’s kind of like someone told me today, “It’s good for the state.” It’s going to be about a three hour, four hour event, where they kind of get to take their mind off and focus on something besides recovering.

Nick:                         The biggest thing with can the game be played in Florida, so it takes approximately 3,500 emergency service personnel. That’s EMTs, cops, sheriffs, anything of that nature. I think the biggest thing was what is the pull? If there’s not a need in Gainesville, like I said, Gainesville was kind of spared for the most part, well if there’s not a need in Gainesville, but there’s a huge need in Ocala, Jacksonville, Daytona, those cities would pull from Gainesville. So you’re not just looking at Gainesville’s fine to play. You have to look at the cities around Gainesville that would pull from Gainesville’s emergency personnel.

Obviously, there’s a lot of stuff that goes into it. The SEC, and Florida and Tennessee, all agreed that it would be good to play the game. I think you’re right. Kind of like after 9-11, when the Yankees got back to playing. When there’s a national tragedy, yeah, life is more important than sports, but sports also play a healing role as far as getting your mind off of things, even if it’s only for a three, four hour window. It’s going to be safe to play in Florida, in Gainesville. Good on Tennessee for bringing people down and extending that olive branch and doing what they can to help.

Andrew:                 Of course, we reported on Monday and stuff that there was other options. People were starting to fly off the handle a little bit about it. It was a situation where you had to look at all options, because if they couldn’t come up with the personnel, that kind of stuff, you had to be prepared, and Florida was prepared for that. While we all wanted the game to be at home, you also had to remember, it might not be possible. Florida was doing their best to play at home, but they also knew, at the end of the day, they had to play this game, so they were looking at all windows.

I think that’s where people kind of went off the horse a little bit in that. It wasn’t that Florida was looking to move this game, but it was a situation where you have to play this game. That’s something the SEC put into effect last year when the LSU thing went about.

Nick:                         You got to do your due diligence. That’s exactly what Scott Strickland and the SEC were doing. I think you learned a big lesson last year with how the LSU game was scheduled, or how that whole scenario was handled or mishandled, depending on your opinion.

Andrew:                 You’re saying Joe Alleva really screwed up.

Nick:                         I’m saying that that message that came out Monday from the SEC, from Greg Sankey, was kind of like, “Florida, shut your mouths. Tennessee, shut your mouths. We’re not doing this whole battle in the media while we’re sitting here behind closed doors trying to figure out what’s going on.”

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         I think that was a very pointed message to both teams. As Greg Sankey, or the SEC office, saying, “I don’t want to hear about this. We’re going to figure it out together.”

Andrew:                 Yeah.

Nick:                         But you learn your lesson. Call Charlotte. Call Birmingham. Call Mobile. Call Atlanta. Call the fricking Patriots. “Can we come and play at your stadium?” Call anywhere that you think you can get a game played safely. You learned last year that you can’t not play league games, so you have to play the game. They were just trying to do their due diligence to find a safe place to do it.

Andrew:                 Exactly.

Nick:                         Turns out that’s Gainesville. I’m happy, because I have to go to Lexington next week. Not my favorite SEC city to visit.

Andrew:                 I thought it was.

Nick:                         Certainly not.

Andrew:                 Let’s talk some ball then. Florida did not get to practice on Monday, but the good news is they did practice on Saturday. They did have meetings and walkthroughs and stuff on Sunday. They had Monday off, and then they’re back at practice on Tuesday. Really and truly, they get Tuesday and Wednesday of full practice, of all day with the staff, because they don’t have school until Thursday. I think it’s a thing of getting back refocused is more than anything, but it’s a situation of they should be prepared.

Nick:                         Another situation where easy to be unfocused. I talked to a couple players’ parents that are still without power over the past couple days. Sure, it’s a small thing to be out of power when you consider people have lost homes, lost lives, stuff like that, but it’s still something that you’re thinking about. My mom and dad are without power. They’re without water and stuff going on with that. Just another thing on their plate. You missed a day of practice, missed a day of install.

Andrew:                 You kind of got that on Saturday though.

Nick:                         Yeah.

Andrew:                 What I’m getting at a little bit is that’s the good thing about, that’s the difference between high school sports and college sports, and really the NFL, is the staff is able to really on that Thursday they’re able to kind of put the game planning for that aside. Not that they start looking ahead, but the off the field, the GA’s, that kind of stuff. They’re already building that game plan and stuff for Tennessee.

Really and truly, the staff does that kind of a little bit in the off season as well. They start to gather notes on what it is and that kind of stuff, to where when it’s time to play Tennessee they’re pulling out their folder. They’re saying, “Let’s watch film and do this.” Technology’s really made this a lot easier. All the guys had their iPads and that kind of stuff. Whether they studied film or not, they had it.

Nick:                         That comes down to trusting your players. These are all things where with the technology they have they don’t even have to come in. It’s just like, “Hey, video was sent. Film was sent to you. Play book was sent to you. You’ve got it. Study it. We’re not going to see you Sunday. We’re not going to see you Monday. Don’t come in Tuesday for the test. I gave you the answers to the test that you’re going to have on Tuesday. Don’t come in Tuesday and not know what we’re doing.”

Andrew:                 Right. Exactly. Like I said, it’s a situation of getting back refocused, getting your mind back onto football, which I’m sure a lot of these guys, and there’s a lot of guys that football mean a lot to on this football team, and not being able to play last week, all that stuff, they’re ready. Most of those guys have been stuck in an apartment or dorm for the last two days. They’re ready. They’re probably more ready than they are to start the season, just because they’ve been cooped up.

I don’t think it’ll be a problem. Maybe a little bit of getting refocused today, Tuesday. We’re taping this on Tuesday. Practice on Tuesday, maybe that’s not the best practice of the year, because they’re trying to get refocused. Maybe it is the best practice of the year. I think that they go into that game prepared. How much mentally and physically they’re ready is another thing.

Then you have to also remember this, and that is they didn’t have last week’s game to work out the kinks of the Michigan game. So you got to do that kind of on the fly.

Nick:                         Not fair, but certainly, all things considered, not much to complain about.

Andrew:                 No. I mean, you got better at practice, I’m sure. You got to work things out from that. I say this, and I say this, and I’m not trying to be rude to Tennessee or anyone else, but you’re not playing LSU. You’re not playing Alabama. You’re not playing Georgia or any of the other bigger folks. Tennessee looks a little bit weaker. Is it going to be an easy test? No, but you should still be able to run some things and work some things out.

Nick:                         It’s certainly a game, you lose the 11 streak, 11 year winning streak, last year. The amount of trash talk that surrounded that game, that has surrounded the game since, the rivalry since, there’s no love lost between these two teams. Certainly, coming into the Swamp, Florida fans have been chomping at the bit, not just for Tennessee, but now coming off of that 33-17 loss to Michigan, ready to get on the field.

The players last week, I was asking, and it ended up not getting into the story, because I just didn’t want it to come off as them sounding insincere or not worried about the hurricane, but I was asking, “When you lose a game like that, what’s the first thing you want?” The answer is, “To get back on the field and play again. If we could have played Sunday and played somebody Sunday, we would have tried to do that.”

You just want to get that taste out of your mouth. You want to get that feeling out of your mouth. You want to take the hurt that you have from losing that game and take it out on somebody. Northern Colorado was going to feel that pain that Florida felt after Michigan. Now you’ve kind of had to wait. All the guys said, “It would be devastating. I would hate to miss the game. We want to get back out there as a team.”

Part of the reason why I didn’t write it is just kind of there’s bigger things than football, but it still, I think, is good to know about the team that we’re ready to get back out there. “We don’t think we showed what we think we are, and we’re looking forward to another opportunity to do that.” They missed an opportunity last week.

Now, Florida hasn’t started 0-2 since 1971. Even in their 0-10-1 season, they tied Week 2. They haven’t lost the first two games to start a season since 1971. You and I weren’t born, not alive. Certainly none of these players were.

Andrew:                 Like I said, this is a team that’s going to be ready to go. Speaking of that trash talk, Nick, I wanted to say something. Mac has his Thursday show, and he said, “Can’t wait to get up there and play that team from up north.” People were giving him shit on Twitter talking about why is he talking smack. I just laughed, Nick, because it’s like, what did he say? It ain’t like he called them losers or anything like that. He just said, “Can’t wait to play the team up north.” Urban said it. Spurrier said it. Then their response was, “Well, they won.” Mac has won too. Not only that, but it’s not a bad thing to say, “Can’t wait to play the team up north.” That’s something you say to your fanbase.

Nick:                         Yeah. That Thursday call in show is just that. It’s a fan show. It’s people who are employed by the university asking questions to the coach, and then fans in attendance, who live in Gainesville, whether they’re boosters or not, that are going and having dinner where the show is, asking questions. It’s a fan show. It’s almost like when you get coaches saying these things at rally’s. Mac says, “We’re going to beat the heck out of Michigan,” to a bunch of students in the stands. Yeah. He’s going to say that to his fanbase to pump them up.

Andrew:                 Right. Exactly. Like I said, I don’t see the issue that it is there. Nick, you had a stat that I wanted you to run over real quick, and that is the stat of the two teams being ranked, and that’s something we’re going to get for the first time in what? Four years, five years?

Nick:                         No. They were both ranked last year.

Andrew:                 Okay.

Nick:                         Before that, it was 2012, and then before that it was 2007. There were some gaps with Tennessee going through the Lane Kiffin, and who was after Lane? Dooley. Florida and Tennessee have played each other as ranked AP teams 22 times, dating back to 1969. There were some great games there in the ‘90s with Spurrier and Fulmer going back and forth, just hitting each other some butt whoopings. I’m talking about 45-30, 35-18, 31-14, 31-0, 62-37. Spurrier really hit him that year.

Florida is 15-7 all time when the two teams are ranked, including a 6-4 advantage in the last 10 games. Both teams are ranked this week. Tennessee is 23rd in the AP this week, and Florida’s 24th.

Andrew:                 Yeah. It’ll be interesting to see how that loss last year goes in. You got to think that Tennessee probably has some confidence, and Florida has guys that want to get that streak back. Guys like Cece. Guys like Nick Washington. Guys that have been around through that streak. They’re ready to get that streak back.

To start breaking down this game, it’s going to be a situation where the offensive line should be able to do well in this game. They should be able to dominate the line of scrimmage, just because Tennessee’s not good up front.

Nick:                         The inexperience definitely on the edges, and this is another game where I went back and did these numbers too. It’s a game where Florida and Tennessee traditionally has been won by the team that wins that rushing battle. Tennessee, dating back to 1990, has never beat Florida when they’ve been out rushed by Florida. Florida’s lost a couple games where they’ve out rushed Tennessee, three games, in that span. It’s a game, traditionally, at least in the last 27 years, in our lifetime, you and I’s lifetime, where that running battle, and I want to get into this with you, that running battle really determines the game.

To me, and this is a question I want to ask you, Florida, to me, and I think you’ll agree, with Nussmeier and McElwain, have wanted their identity to be a running first team, and then you set the play action off of that, and you get some deep throws mixed in off of that. To me, they always, in the three years they’ve been here, have tried to establish that run first kind of identity, mentality, with their team. Do you think they overvalued the offensive line and what their ability would be to be that this year? Do you see them coming off of that for this Tennessee game, or kind of just sticking to their guns?

Andrew:                 Good question. This is something I was talking to someone about over the weekend a little bit. Was it a situation where Mac said that to his guys to get the guys to be better, or was it something he really believed? Every bit of me says there’s no way Mac believed what he said. I don’t know. I guess that’s a question I don’t know. I think this week you have to rely on the running game, because Tennessee has already gave up 657 yards rushing in two games. Granted, a majority of that was to Georgia Tech, but still you have to focus on it.

At the same time, do you need to get the passing game going first to loosen up that Tennessee defense, or can your offensive line physically dominate the Tennessee defensive line like the Georgia Tech offensive line did? I mean, you would expect Florida’s offensive line to be better than Georgia Tech’s, and that’s no slight on Georgia Tech. It’s just SEC versus small ACC school.

Nick:                         Georgia Tech also brings in, as Will Muschamp will tell you, the whole midline. They’re a team that, even if they’re small, they’re cutting. There’s some nasty offensive linemen that are used to running the ball 50, 55, 60 times a game if they need to. That whole triple option. Anyone that faces Georgia Tech, their rush defense number is going to be a little inflated.

Andrew:                 Yeah.

Nick:                         Little skewed.

Andrew:                 I understand that. What I’m saying is you still should be able to run the ball. You know what’s coming against Georgia Tech, so there was no confusion of this may happen or not. You know what’s coming, and they couldn’t stop it. That’s just kind of where I’m at is you would think that Florida should be able to run the ball against Tennessee’s defensive line, because it’s not very good.

Nick:                         Certainly lost a ton on that defensive line, the Volunteers did, last year. Give me a one word answer. Do you think that Mac was just trying to fire up the offensive line, or he thought they’d be better than they were?

Andrew:                 I have to say I think he was trying to fire them up.

Nick:                         I think I disagree. I think I go against it. I think that’s because when you get guys like Booger, guys like Marcus Spears, coming in watching a practice or talking to the coaches when they see them at these national events, when they do the car wash, or when they come to Gainesville and watch practice, they get a little more access than the local guys do. They get to talk to players and sit there, and go in Mac’s office and talk to him. There is a reason those national guys were talking them up.

Maybe you could use it as an argument to support your point and say, “Mac wanted these guys to hear their names on ESPN.” I don’t think he would have gone as far as he did, and cause these guys in the media, Marcus Spears, the Friday before Michigan, said, “I don’t think the Gator’s offensive line is just the best in the SEC. They could be one of the best in the country.”

Andrew:                 Let me ask you this. Let me turn it around and ask you this then. Did Marcus Spears and them not watch practice and think that they were? Because I do believe this defensive line’s pretty good. Did Spears and them just not watch it? If they did …

Nick:                         What did they see?

Andrew:                 Is Michigan’s defensive line just that good?

Nick:                         Michigan’s defensive line is very good. I kept telling people that.

Andrew:                 I agree with you. I don’t know. I haven’t went back and watched the tape of the Michigan game, for obvious reasons, because Twitter doesn’t need my foul language on Twitter after watching that game, because it was just stupid. It was stupid how bad they looked. I guess this is what I’ll say to your answer, Nick, and that is let’s revisit that answer after this week and next week.

Nick:                         Okay.

Andrew:                 Because these are two defensive lines …

Nick:                         This is a bad Kentucky team they’re playing after Tennessee.

Andrew:                 It is, but what I’m saying is that’s a bad Kentucky team, and this is a pretty below average Tennessee defensive line. Let’s talk about that then. If they get manhandled in these two games, we know it was him talking them up. If they do okay in these games, you can say maybe the offensive line’s better than we saw in Week 1.

Nick:                         Okay.

Andrew:                 Here’s the thing. This is what I wanted to get at real quick. In the win for Tennessee last week over, hold on, let me go back here. They beat Indiana State. They gave up 149 rushing yards on 38 attempts. They gave up 3.2 yards per play.

Nick:                         That’s not a terrible number. It’s not terrible. It’s not good.

Andrew:                 Right. It’s a mixture.

Nick:                         It’s against a bad team.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         If they held Florida to that, you’d say that’s a good number.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         When you hold Tennessee Tech, was it?

Andrew:                 Indiana State.

Nick:                         Indiana State. Indiana State Technical College of Institutional Correctness. When you hold a team like that to that number, you’re like, probably not what you thought going into the week.

Andrew:                 That’s what I’m saying. Now, to be fair, they only threw the ball 19 times, Indiana State that is, and they only got 93 yards on nine completions. We’ll see what that is going into the game for them. In the game against Indiana State, Tennessee did put up 160 yards rushing, and 235 yards passing, in the game. Not terrible numbers.

Again, I think you go into this game, if you’re Florida, you have to say, “Okay. We’re going to run the ball. We’re going to develop that line of scrimmage.” Soften them up a little bit, and then you can take some shots deep against Tennessee. That’s just my take.

My take for Mac is you have a quarterback in Dormady for Tennessee, you don’t think he’s going to beat you by himself. So you can take some shots and put your defense on the field a little bit more than normal. I mean, Tennessee’s offense is kind of pedestrian really. They put 456 yards through two games passing, and 308 on the ground rushing. They’re averaging 225 in the air and 150 on the ground. That’s not wonderful or anything. It’s decent. I think you can take some chances offensively off the play action and that kind of stuff.

Nick:                         That all gets back to running the ball effectively. If you’re not running the ball effectively, then your play action doesn’t mean crap, because you just gave our guys an extra second and a half to get to your quarterback, so we’re not worried about you running the ball. You got to be able to run the ball effectively.

While we talk about that, I think you and I’s expectation, I keep getting asked. I’m sure you keep getting asked. I don’t expect any of the suspended players back this week.

Andrew:                 No.

Nick:                         That includes Jordan Scarlett, talking about the running game. People are angry about it, but I don’t think until the investigation’s through, which could be days, weeks. It definitely got pushed back. It gets put on the back burner when you have a hurricane coming in, and police and all emergency personnel are being pulled elsewhere. Could be days, could be weeks. We’re not going to see any of these players until that investigation is passed onto the state attorney.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Here’s the thing, and people are continuing to gripe about it, but don’t make stupid decisions. I literally, usually I am the person who says, “It shouldn’t take this long,” but in this situation, doing what they did was beyond idiotic, was beyond stupid. How you could think you were going to get away with that is stupid. It just is what it is. I don’t know any other way to say it and be nice about it, expect for it was stupid. I don’t feel sorry for those guys.

Nick:                         No. You made your bed, now you’re lying in it.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Somebody said, “Well, don’t you feel bad this is Callaway’s walk season?” No, I don’t. I think it’s stupid on Callaway’s part. I think it shows the NFL GMs what he’s really about, and that is that he could honestly give a shit about anybody but himself. If that hurts your feelings, I’m sorry, but, like you said, you did it. Pay for it now. Pay the consequences.

Nick:                         You made your bed, now you’re lying in it. With Antonio Callaway, just to the point where it’s almost expected that he’s going to mess up.

Andrew:                 Exactly.

Nick:                         At some point, it’s not mistakes. It’s choices.

Andrew:                 That’s what Marcus Spears said.

Nick:                         Yeah.

Andrew:                 Marcus Spears said it too. He said, and this is something we hadn’t had a chance to talk about, but in Dallas he said this, and it kind of stuck out to me a little bit that you hear a former player like him saying it. He goes, “Your teammates don’t trust you anymore.” Then he said, “At the same time, Mac has a decision to make.” He goes, “When the leader of your team is making these decisions,”—not choices—decisions, “when do you cut ties with him so he doesn’t influence the rest of your team?”

Nick:                         You’ve already seen that influence coming out of other guys.

Andrew:                 Exactly. It’s a situation where you have to think about and say, “You got a point. You got a point big time.” He said, he did make a point. People have said, “Well, Mac’s lost control of his locker room,” and he made a point. He said, “Coaches don’t lose controls of their locker rooms. The leader loses control of their locker room,” and he said, “The leader, being Antonio Callaway, has lost control.” He said, “It might be time to get rid of him and appoint a new leader of your locker room.”

That leader is still to be determined right now, so there it is. Last year I think you could have said it was Jarrad Davis, it was one of the corners. It could have been several guys. Now it’s Callaway, so there it is.

I’m like you, I don’t think any of those guys will be back. I think you’ll go into this game with what you went into the Michigan game with. I think that this week off did help Chauncey Gardner. He should be good to go. I think he was going to play last week anyway.

Nick:                         We’re scheduled to talk to Chauncey Gardner this week. We would not be scheduled to talked to Chauncey Gardner if he wasn’t playing.

Andrew:                 Yeah. There you go. Kemore Gamble I think is probably still questionable to doubtful in the game. Everyone else should be pretty good, except for Goolsby. Quite frankly, I think you and I both can say we have no idea.

Nick:                         No. I honestly don’t. I’d tell you if I did, but I don’t.

Andrew:                 If Mac’s telling you he doesn’t know when he’s coming back, and Goolsby’s getting all pissy on Twitter, big dog, I’m sorry, but I don’t know. Apparently, you have something going on that you’re not hurt.

Nick:                         Yeah. That’s something you and I had talked about where McElwain’s definitely called people out in the past. We were kind of wondering there. Is he calling him out?

Andrew:                 Exactly. Nick, we got this quick podcast in to get everyone up to date on where things are. Sorry that we haven’t had one. We taped. We actually taped our one from Friday last week and had it loaded and everything, and then the game was postponed Thursday afternoon, so we didn’t run that. It was pretty good. Nick and I actually probably split our pick, I think, because Nick had Georgia winning. I had Notre Dame winning, but I had Oklahoma winning, and I think Nick had Ohio State winning.

Nick:                         You had Oklahoma winning. I had Ohio State, so that’s a win for you. We both picked Clemson over Auburn. That’s a winner. I picked Georgia. You picked Notre Dame. So we’re even there. We both picked USC over Stanford, and we split.

Andrew:                 Yeah. It was some good football. I’m not going to lie. It was some good football. Auburn’s still trash on offense. They’re atrocious. They’re atrocious on offense.

Nick:                         Stidham was just getting blocked. He’s not a bad quarterback. Everyone was kind of riding hard against the game. There’s just no time. Does he have happy feet? Yeah. I’d have happy feet if I got sacked 11 times.

Andrew:                 I mean, I was going to say. Do I think it was all his fault? No. I don’t. I think it was a situation where he got happy feet. Was he as good as we thought he was going to be? Probably not, but I think that was there’s a big step going from the Big 12 to the SEC, especially the ACC defense of Clemson. Clemson’s defense is nasty. Dexter Lawrence, those guys, they’re nasty up front. That was a good game.

Then Georgia-Notre Dame, I think both of those teams are just about average teams. I don’t think neither one of those are world-beaters by far. Then Baker Mayfield planting the Oklahoma flag. Don’t know why he apologized, because I thought it was pretty cool.

Nick:                         Gag me with a spoon. Shut up. Here’s my apology from Baker Mayfield. “Hey, angry Ohio State fans. Sorry for partying. You should have won the game, if you didn’t want me to celebrate in your field.” Get the hell out of here. Apologize for being a kid, doing something that they do. When I win on your field, when I beat Urban Meyer on his field, I’m going to celebrate how I want to.

Andrew:                 Especially after last year.

Nick:                         My buddy, Wes Byrum, his freshman year had to kick those two field goals, because they called a time out before one of them. It was the year after the national championship, Tebow’s Heisman year, and he’s running around Gator chomping on the field. He earned the right to. When Florida gets beat in Gainesville, are the fans going to chomp? Are the players going to chomp? I don’t them to give me an apology press conference after that. “I shouldn’t have chomped.” Yeah, man, it’s sports. Sports are fun. Go have fun on the field.

Andrew:                 Exactly. That’s my thing. What’s the big deal? Last year Ohio State blasted Oklahoma on home field, and partied and celebrated too. Get over it. Let’s have fun with it. I mean, what’s wrong with things? Here’s the thing too, Nick, and I guess it’s a little bit different. There’s a way of celebrating, and then there’s a way of just being trashing the other school. Had they ripped down the goal posts or had they threw trash on the field or something like that, that’s totally different. Planting their flag, who cares?

Nick:                         Not even planting it. It’s an AstroTurf field. He slams it into the ground, and it falls over.

Andrew:                 You know what I mean when I say planting.

Nick:                         That’s what everyone was saying. He planted the flag. The action was planting the flag. I mean, shut up.

Andrew:                 Yeah.

Nick:                         I hate it.

Andrew:                 Exactly.

Nick:                         Have fun.

Andrew:                 Have fun. There you go. It’s college football. Anyway, all right, Nick, we’ll get out of here. We’ll see everyone on Thursday. That’s tomorrow if you’re listening to this. We’re going to have our buddy, Vince, from Tennessee, and, Nick, I don’t know what it is, but I guess it’s hurricane and just the questioning has got me not fired up for my anti-Butch, but I’m going to do my best.

Nick:                         Listen, man, we got some trashcan talk to get to. We’re going to talk about the trashcan with Vince. We’re going to talk about the trashcan, you and I, separately. The trashcan is trash. That is the dumbest shit I’ve ever seen, and you can’t make an argument that there’s sideline props everywhere. Yeah, man, no one else has their logo on a trashcan with some moron holding it over his head on the sideline. I don’t know why it makes me so mad, but it’s so tone deaf. It’s so stupid. It’s one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen in my life. There’s no protecting it. There’s no justification for it.

Andrew:                 Yeah. It’s pretty dumb, and it’s Butch’s shit. Life champions. I mean, whatever. Whatever. Life champions, trashcans. Pieces of shit. Whatever it is. I don’t know. I’m going to get fired up one way or the other for Thursday’s podcast, and then Friday’s podcast we’ll be lit, as I pick the Gators over Tennessee. I’ll just go ahead and tell you guys.

Nick:                         You picked against them last year.

Andrew:                 Who?

Nick:                         You.

Andrew:                 I didn’t pick Tennessee.

Nick:                         Or did I pick them? I might have picked Tennessee last year.

Andrew:                 I have never picked Tennessee a day in my life. I picked Georgia Tech to beat Tennessee, just because I’m never going to say that the trashcans are going to win.

Nick:                         I don’t remember. If we have any Gator Country podcast historians, you let me know. I can’t remember.

Andrew:                 I can tell you. I never pick Tennessee. I don’t pick Tennessee. I don’t pick Tennessee. Picking the trashcans to win a game is not happening. Tell the people where they can find us, Nick. We’ll get out of here. We’ll see everyone on Thursday. Again, we appreciate everyone’s patience. Hope everyone is safe and sound and everyone came out of the hurricane well. As always, you can replace things, but you can’t replace yourself.

Nick:                         Exactly. www.GatorCountry.com for all your Florida Gator news. The podcast is there in audio and transcript form. You can get the podcast on iTunes. Search @GatorCountry. Subscribe there. Leave a rating. Let us know how we’re doing, a rating and a comment. You can also find Gator Country on social media. @GatorCountry on Facebook and Twitter, @TheGatorCountry on Instagram. You can find me @NickdelaTorreGC, and him @AndrewSpiveyGC.

Andrew:                 There you go. Follow along with us. Got some recruiting news as visitors come in. Starting to plan for their visit for this weekend. It should be a fun weekend, and looking forward to football again in the Swamp, and looking forward to the trashcans falling. Guys, as always, we appreciate it. As always, chomp, chomp. Go Braves. Butch, you are a trashcan.

Nick:                         You stay classy, Gator Country.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.