Plus some non-strictly-statistical factors, which come first. Statistics source: http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/Portals/3/SEC Website/football/confldrs.htm 1 - This offense is both boring and predictable. 2 - It is highly ineffective at what is important, which is scoring. Urban Meyer made the point that you score more frequently when you get long plays, and the current Gator passing game almost never goes down field. Statistical FACTS - admittedly after only a single game, but consistent with both of the past two years under Muschamp with different OCs. Also, the Gator's statistics were against a "decent" mid-major, but one returning only four starters on defense. THE GOOD FIRST - 1st in Time of Possession, followed closely by other teams with typically low scoring offenses: Arkansas, LSU and Mississippi State. THE BAD 3 - 13th in scoring offense, with only one SEC team, Mississippi State, scoring fewer points than the Gators, despite the fact that 4 SEC teams lost. 4 - 5th in rushing offense with the lowest yards per carry among the top 6 (this results from predictablity). 5 - Unsurprisingly, 11th in passing offense. 6 - Unsurprisingly, 10th in total offense. 7 - Unsurprisingly, 12th in penalties (admittedly, not all offensive) 8 - Not too bad - tied for 5th in 3rd down conversions (against a mid major) 9 - 13th in Red Zone Offense (this has also been pretty consistent under Muschamp due to too many Field Goal attempts in the Red Zone due to predictability - the last year 2 years, the percentage of FG hits was high. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS - VERY SURPRISINGLY 10 - And once again, the Gator Quarterback is down the list on Passing Efficiency. Despite the fact that Driskel had the 2nd highest completion percentage (77.3%, behind UT's Worley at 84.6% and over Manziel's 75.0% ), threw no interceptions and one TD, he is 8th in Passing efficiency, because his average gain per pass was only 9 yards per completion (compare with the 7 ahead of him, who were respectively 15.7, 9.5, 15.3, 13.6, 15.6, 12.2 and 16.2. Worley, had 3 TDs plus the 84% completion percentage, despite only 9.5 yards per completion. The following facts have proven consistent through Muchamp's coaching stint: Year 1 - OC - Weiss, Year 2 - Pease (who was outstanding at Boise State), and Year 3 - Pease. Therefore we must attribute them to Muschamp: 1 - Control of the clock and few turnovers (very positive is the 2nd). 2 - Highly predictable and utterly boring 3 yards and a cloud of dust offense. 3 - Very few down the field passes, thus few long plays and therefore, limited scoring. 4 - Offensive line that blocks well for the run but can't pass block their way out of a paper bag with a blowtorch, even against mediocre opposition. 5 - Due to #3 above, consistently low Pass Efficiency from the quarterback. Brantley was 11th or 12th and Driskel was down the line last year also. Of course Brantly also threw interceptions, which Driskel doesn't do very much. To summarize - historically boring and predictable offense, which tends to reduce scoring and red zone efficiency. Regarding Red Zone efficiency, you may recall the Gator's trip to Alabama in 2010. In that defensive struggle, both teams got into the Red Zone only 4 times. However, Bama scored 3 TDs and 1 FG (24 points), while the Gators managed 2 FGs and 2 Turnovers (6 points). Muschamp's predictable offensive strategy makes the team utterly dependent on strong, if not dominating defense. It is good to have a strong defense, but it makes things easier when you also have an effective offense, like under Spurrier and Meyer, but not Zook. HOPEFULLY - this first vanilla game will not foreshadow the entire season, but history suggests that it will.