Podcast: Recapping the Florida Gators win over South Carolina

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators 38-27 win over South Carolina on Saturday afternoon on the road.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre breakdown how the Gators offense and defense looked on Saturday despite the bad weather in Columbia.

Andrew and Nick also breakdown what the Gators need to do during the bye week before they take on Georgia in Jacksonville.


Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, another win. Gators went up to Columbia. It wasn’t pretty. Knew it wouldn’t be pretty when we saw the weather forecast. Guess what? Florida won. After watching some games on Saturday, Nick, involving some of these other teams, including Georgia and Kentucky playing the same weather, Florida looked really good.

Nick:                         It was always going to be a little dicey, because we didn’t know about the weather. Florida wasn’t making any excuses. Kyle Trask said it wasn’t the weather, and they practiced with wet balls. We had said that. It definitely looked like it was affecting both quarterbacks early on, for sure. People were getting on Kyle Trask, but Hilinski was throwing some ducks. He was hitting the grass a lot.

Andrew:                 Yeah. I won’t use the excuse for Kyle, because he didn’t use the excuse, but you could definitely tell. We’ve watched Kyle Trask now, what, four games? Right? That wasn’t Kyle Trask. Kyle Trask doesn’t miss his running back high. That’s not what he does. There’s a difference of throwing a dry ball and a wet ball. It just is what it is. We can dissect it all we want to. Kyle Trask has never played a football game in pouring down rain. You can practice with a wet ball all you want to, but guess what, that wet ball’s not constantly getting soaked.

Nick:                         That’s true. There’s probably a difference between they sprayed it with a hose and then put it on dry grass, and we do it for 10 minutes in practice, versus it’s raining, everything is wet, the towel you put on your pants to dry your hands is soaking wet. The ground is wet, and you’re continuing to get pelted by rain. You can’t really practice for that, unless it’s like, the hurricane’s coming, we’re going to go outside and run a three-hour practice now.

Andrew:                 Then guess what? Dan Mullen’s going to get in trouble, because he put his players in safety concerns and yada yada. You name it. That’s what would happen if he did that. Again, I’m not making excuses for Kyle. If he’s not going to make excuses, then I’m not going to make excuses for him. At the end of the day, he did what he needed to do to win. 21 for 33, 200 yards, four touchdowns and a pick. Pick was, in my opinion, 100% due to the rain, but again, we’ll see. Running game was a little bit better, but still not good.

Nick:                         Yeah. I do the 10 observations, and I was like, I thought the running game was better. Then I put it in as one of the 10, and then I went back and looked, and I didn’t have any numbers to really justify it, so I took it out and put something else in.

Andrew:                 You take out the 75-yard run by Damien Pierce, they have 79 yards.

Nick:                         Yeah. It’s almost exactly half of the rushing yards on one run.

Andrew:                 Can’t justify that. Still not seeing it. This is what, and I tweeted this during the game, Nick, but when you watch South Carolina’s offensive line, you saw some mean SOBs who want to get to that second level. Those guys were pulling and hitting Reese, James Houston, Ventrell Miller. You name it, they were pulling in and getting some run blocks going. This Florida offensive line needs to take some lessons. I don’t know what they’re going to do at right tackle, Nick. I mean, I guess you don’t do anything now, because you’re in Week 8 or Week 9, so you don’t really do anything, but man oh man is right tackle a problem for the Gators.

Nick:                         Well, the whole right side was a problem. You kind of fixed that by moving Heggie over to guard, right guard, and putting Richard Gouraige in, but Jean Delance did not have a good game. I don’t know the last time I said he did have a good game.

Andrew:                 Not at the University of Florida.

Nick:                         No. Certainly not here. Maybe he did at Texas.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Anyway. I’m not picking on the guy or anything like that. I don’t want nobody to think that, but it is what it is. This offensive line play is just bad. It is what it is. We’re talking about it after a win, and that’s a good thing and everything like that, but the offensive line play is bad.

We’ll move on though. Let’s start to dig in a little bit deeper on defense here. Obviously, South Carolina scores 27, 7 of those in garbage time. Overall, the defense played pretty good. Some missed tackles there and maybe not fitting some run gaps. I thought the safety play, Nick, showed its ugly head on Saturday, especially Donovan Stiner. You’re playing safety, man. You’re supposed to be like a warrior out there, a guy that wants to come up and knock somebody’s head off. Get up in that run game. Knock somebody’s head off, man. If you’re playing in the rain, safeties should love to play.

Nick:                         Yeah. The rotation at safety is still puzzling. I don’t know why they’re rotating. That to me would have been a game, like you said, a game in the rain, that the safeties want to play in. Especially with South Carolina. South Carolina wanted to run the ball, and then they ended up running for 217 yards.

Andrew:                 Feaster made them look like they were LSU, South Carolina was LSU.

Nick:                         I need to go back and watch the game again, but I get down on the field, and somebody down on the field during the game, I’m talking to them right after the game ends. All the players are talking, and he goes, man, the stats won’t show it, but the linebackers did not well. He said, out of position, not good in the passing game, not filling their run gaps. He goes, the stats won’t show it, but David Reese didn’t have a good game. He goes, if he’s honest with you, he would you tell you that after he watched film. So, I go back, and I’m like, he was right. David Reese, the stats don’t show it, because he’s got 13 tackles, 7 solo. I think what we’re talking about here is these big runs Florida keeps giving up. If you look at it, South Carolina chunk plays, they had runs of 37, 36, 21, 25, two for 14, 13 yards, 25 yards. Just these huge chunk plays that are extending drives or allowing touchdowns. At some point, we keep saying it, at some point these little things that Florida keeps finding a way to win despite, at some point they’re going to catch up to you, and you’re not going to get that they won despite this.

Andrew:                 Look, Georgia threw the ball for 28 yards, or had 28 yards of passing through three quarters.

Nick:                         They might just be pretenders.

Andrew:                 They might be. We’ll get into that in a minute. A lot of that was due to the rain, but still they’re going to come in wanting to run the ball. If you’re Florida, you better be able to stop that run. That game in Jacksonville, that’s going to be a physical game. If you’re on that front seven, and I’ll even take it back to that nine that’s in the box, including those two safeties, you better be ready to bust your nose open. That’s a physical football game. You should have known that playing Will Muschamp’s football team. Giving 387 yards to a Will Muschamp football team is bad. Bad, bad, bad. That’s two straight weeks. Listen, I understand Jabari’s out, and I understand Jonathan Greenard’s out, but you’re losing the running game, not the passing game. The running game. Greenard and Jabari are very good pass rushers, and they’re very good at run stopping as well. That’s linebacker problems. That’s defensive tackle problems.

Nick:                         Well, you got two weeks to figure it out, just like you said.

Andrew:                 Go back to LSU. LSU ran the ball really well, and they hadn’t ran the ball well at all all year.

Nick:                         You got two weeks to get healthy, two weeks to figure it out, but you put it on tape. Especially Georgia, the way that they lost last week and then almost lost to Kentucky, they must be in a scramble in Athens.

Andrew:                 Yeah. We’ll get into that more.

Nick:                         Florida’s put it on tape, so they’re going to try to exploit that.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Let’s move on. Talk about this game a little bit more. Jacob Copeland, come out party night.

Nick:                         Yeah. I’m really happy for him. We talked to him after the game. Dan Mullen said, listen, it’s never been ability. It’s never been athleticism. He gets it. He just didn’t have the right attitude about I’m making plays in practice. Okay, well, you don’t know what the plays are. You’re just relying on your athleticism in practice, but you don’t know why we’re running the route or what route you’re supposed to run, or if we’re giving you a route that is you have to read what the defense is doing, and you’re going to run one of two routes based on the defense. The quarterback isn’t communicating with you. You’re just doing it. He expects you to do it. So, when you run a go, and he throws the ball as if you were going to run a five-yard dig, and we looked stupid, that’s on you. I think what happened was he didn’t know, and then at the time wasn’t mature enough to handle it, and then probably was moping in practice. I’m making plays in practice. I’m not playing. Didn’t handle it well. Just wasn’t mature enough to handle it.

That’s something Dan Mullen said he got better, and he pulled Jacob aside this week and said, you’re getting it now. You’re finally getting. Jacob, I think, when we were talking to him last night, acknowledged that. With the injuries last year, I didn’t know how to handle it. I got down on myself, and then didn’t handle that injury time well, like didn’t use it to study the playbook and really commit it to memory. It was just feeling bad for yourself. Which I totally understand.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Listen, I know Jacob really well from his recruitment and everything else. Listen, you got to remember, Jacob Copeland was the star on his football team in high school, just like a lot of people. You get it that he tries to get away on God given talent. He’s got more God given talent that a lot of us will ever have. I mean, good for Jacob to start to understand that process. I’m a lot like Dan Mullen in that there’s no question what Jacob Copeland can do. Jacob Copeland has the ability to be your best receiver on your football team.

Nick:                         The first two catches. I think what he did, at least in his mind, they went to him early, and that first catch was very athletic. The football’s wet. It’s raining. I think he made that first catch, it was probably the second drive?

Andrew:                 Yes. Went three and out on the first drive.

Nick:                         Yeah. In Jacob’s mind, it was I made a difficult catch in a difficult rain, and I think that showed the coaches he’s in the game plan, he’s already shown us that he can be counted on today. That touchdown, he just went up and got a ball in between two guys and said, this is mine. Then split them.

Andrew:                 Get away.

Nick:                         He was just gone.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Like you said, the touchdown, I mean, the first play, he took it 37 yards. I’m going to honest with you, at first I thought he might house this one, because there’s no doubt he’s got speed. We talk about Kadarius Toney, and we talk about CJ Henderson and all those guys. I think we forget a lot of times just how fast Copeland is. He showed. I mean, on Saturday he’s the player of the game. Three for 89 and a touchdown. Some people were getting on him about, they called it a drop later in the game. That was a difficult play, where he’s trying to lean back. I’m not making excuses. He’ll probably tell you he should have caught it, but in the weather conditions, that was a tough play.

Nick:                         Weather conditions that was a tough play. I think what we saw from Jacob Copeland is maybe not the full thing, but I think what we really saw was the beginning of his maturation process in seeing the preparation and the maturing in preparing from a playbook and on the practice field meeting his talent level and his athleticism, and then that started to show on Saturdays. Once that becomes a thing, and Florida’s still so deep, and I think Jacob, the most mature thing I heard him say last night, he goes, listen, I have a bunch of seniors and Trevon Grimes and guys in front of me. He’s like, I just have to be patient. They’re being great. He goes, they’re like brothers. We all root for each other. He said, when I scored, they were happier for me than I was happy for myself.

Andrew:                 Right. You have to understand that you’re going to, but Jacob Copeland has the chance to be a mismatch out there on the field. He has that chance. He has that opportunity to be an incredible mismatch, when you talk about his big play ability. We talk all the time about what Trevon Grimes can do with the screen play. Next year I want to see Copeland get those balls.

Nick:                         Yeah. In the same kind of mold. Big physical guy with some speed that’s going to be hard to bring down.

Andrew:                 South Carolina showed us how to beat Kyle Pitts though. Hold, hold, hold, hold some more.

Nick:                         Well, they’re not going to call it, so yeah.

Andrew:                 Yeah. We’ll get into the SEC officiating here in a little bit. Yeah. Had some drops. Probably a little bit due to the weather there a little bit as well. Damien Pierce, that big 75-yard gain, I know people are saying Tyrie Cleveland held. He didn’t hold. That was a good block. They were both pushing each other down the field. He never tried to separate. That’s his own fault for not trying to separate. Assist to Tyrie Cleveland, but really good run for Damien Pierce. Glad to see him healthy. Glad to see him able to go.

Nick:                         That was a nasty hit that he took a couple weeks ago, so it was going to take him, he probably needed a week to come back.

Andrew:                 Get all the cobwebs out.

Nick:                         Tyrie Cleveland was holding. If the cornerback tries to separate, it gets called.

Andrew:                 Yeah. But he didn’t.

Nick:                         It’s on the cornerback. Literally just had to do something that’s not running next to the guy.

Andrew:                 Yeah. He was dumb enough to stay on, so guess what? You were dumb enough not to get a penalty. Sorry.

Nick:                         Yeah. That is the effort you want to see. I mean, Tyrie Cleveland is running 40 yards downfield, 50 yards downfield from where his route stopped, just blocking. Doing something for someone else.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         That’s the kind of effort that I think Billy Gonzales has really taught. I remember when they first started practicing before last season. I was like, man, Florida’s receivers start every practice by blocking.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Blocking and then getting off the line of scrimmage.

Nick:                         Yeah. More time is spent there than they spend doing anything else.

Andrew:                 Catching the ball is the easy part, if you’re a receiver, or it’s supposed to be the easy part if you’re a receiver. Defensively, Nick, I say CJ Henderson didn’t have his best game, by any means. The guy, and it really comes down to just a couple plays that he made, Amari Burney. Amari Burney was a guy that I thought had a really good game. That really, really good deflection on the play where he was running. I can’t even remember the receiver now, but he was running step for step with the receiver and made a really, really good play.

Nick:                         Yeah. I can’t remember the receiver. He got his head around just in time, because a referee will be waiting to throw a flag. If a ball comes, and you haven’t turned around and made an effort to get your head around to find the ball, flag. Immediately. Even if you’re not touching the guy.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         They’ll throw a flag and call pass interference. That’s a 230-pound dude.

Andrew:                 Is he the best safety on the team, Nick?

Nick:                         He might be.

Andrew:                 I told you that during the game. Was he? You said, maybe, and I said the same thing. Maybe.

Nick:                         Amari Burney might be the best safety on the team.

Andrew:                 Zach Carter. Props to Zach Carter. It’s been a struggle some throughout the year. Makes the big play. Probably game-winning play. Props to you, Zach.

Nick:                         Needed to see him. I saw a ton out of Zach Carter, a ton out of Mohamoud Diabate, and I saw a ton out of Khris Bogle. Diabate is going to be …

Andrew:                 Oh, he’s nasty.

Nick:                         He’s going to be a problem.

Andrew:                 He’s got a mean streak.

Nick:                         He’s got a mean streak. Guys have like a pass rush move, you know what I mean? In high school, this works. Whether it’s Cece Jefferson was just bigger and stronger. It’s like, I’m going to bull rush everyone in Baker County. I’m just bigger and stronger than them. I’m going to push them out of the side. But he didn’t know how to use his hands and didn’t know how to rip or swim or stuff like that.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         I’m seeing Mohamoud just with multiple different things, and he’s beating tackles, before getting held and not getting the call, is beating tackles with multiple different moves. That’s really impressed me.

Andrew:                 He’s playing really well. I think the future is bright for him. There’s a couple guys in that freshman class I’m excited to see. Still not giving up hope on Tyron Hopper yet. We’ll see there. Any final thoughts on this game before we move on a little bit?

Nick:                         No. I think they did what they needed to do. Florida, the hold the rope and the don’t flinch stuff, listen, those can be cheesy coach sayings or slogans, but the team believes them, because we see it. We keep seeing it every single week. It can be cheesy, and it can be fake, and it can be whatever, but if you believe it, it’s not fake to you, and it’s not cheesy to you. Florida, the players in that locker room believe it, so it’s working, and it’s showing itself each week.

Andrew:                 Exactly. #9 team in the country. 38-27 in those conditions. You would have loved to not give up 27 points, but you scored 38 in the rain. Overall, a win’s a win.

Officiating, Nick. That’s a key this week, and not even just in the Florida-South Carolina game, but in the Alabama game. I showed you some clips in that game. Worst year for SEC officiating yet?

Nick:                         Yeah. I mean, they’re just bad. They’re just bad. I’ve tried. Ever since the Auburn game, I’ve called the League office to ask questions, and just leaving messages and even leaving detailed messages. I’m not getting any responses. It’s like they don’t even want to be held accountable for how bad they are.

Andrew:                 You just have to tweet at them, Nick.

Nick:                         It’s not the SEC officials either, because remember how bad they were in the Miami game? What was that? Big 12?

Andrew:                 Yeah. They’re bad overall. The thing that bothers me, Nick, is this. Listen, we’re in a replay system, and I absolutely hate the replay. I mean, I hate replay. It takes forever, everything else. But if you’re going to have it, Nick, you need to be able to review some of these penalties that you’re not calling and stuff. I mean, listen, Florida got some help, and South Carolina got some help on Saturday. Period. Both teams got help. Florida, Jean Delance false started majorly on the Damien Pierce touchdown. Kyle Pitts was held every single solitary time. Moon and Zach Carter were held a ton in the game. There was multiple pass interference calls. I mean, they called Marco Wilson for one that the ball was 40 yards down the field. They come back and changed it. Okay, cool. Whatever.

Nick:                         Dan Mullen’s head was about to explode.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Then they miss one. Josh Hammond had offensive pass interference. That resulted in a touchdown for Florida. Multiple calls. It’s just like, man, what are you guys doing?

Nick:                         There’s just so many. Listen, like you said, it’s tougher down on the field in real time. They don’t have the luxury of being able to watch it. Sometimes there can be an obstructed view. They’re not watching it from the TV camera. But you can stop the game, and you do have an official watching it on TV that can radio in and say, stop the game, we missed something. I just don’t see it. I just don’t see it happening. I think there’s some part of referees that maybe it’s an ego thing, and they don’t like, I remember when they first started instituting instant replay, the referee union in the NFL was pissed off about it, because they thought we’re going to show up the refs if too many of these calls are getting overturned. It was like, to hell with your feelings. No one cares about your feelings. We want to get the football plays right.

Andrew:                 You should want to get the games right.

Nick:                         Yes.

Andrew:                 You should want to get it right. You look at the Auburn game with Damien Pierce. Come on, man. Really? I showed you a play in the Alabama game. I think it was Darrell Taylor hit Matt Jones for Bama on a beautiful sack. I mean, you couldn’t have drawn it up no better. He’s going in a pushup stance to get off the guy, and it looks like he barely touches Matt Jones’ arm or back and gets called for excessive contact. I mean, listen, there might be some favoritism towards Alabama. I’ll never say there’s not, but I mean, good grief, guys. Take some pride in it.

Nick:                         Yeah. There was one, I want to think, I guess, I want to think he was going for the ball. I think it was TJ Bruson. Everyone was asking.

Andrew:                 Oh, he punched Copeland.

Nick:                         Yeah. Everyone was asking is Jacob Copeland hurt, and I was like, he got punched in the jaw.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         By a guy running full speed. That’s what happened. He didn’t hurt his leg or didn’t hurt his knee. He wasn’t hurt. He just got punched in the jaw, and it wasn’t called.

Andrew:                 Yeah. I mean, I don’t know. It’s just so inconsistent. It’s inconsistent for both teams.

Nick:                         That’s the thing. I think it’s easy for fans of any team to only notice and look when it’s them, but from you and I sitting here and trying to look at things objectively before we do our podcast and stuff, I’m like, they weren’t biased against Florida. They weren’t biased against South Carolina. They were just bad. They were just bad at their jobs.

Andrew:                 Just really bad. Yeah. There was two calls in the game that I think were just flat out atrocious. Three actually. Delance’s false start.

Nick:                         That’s it? Only three?

Andrew:                 No. I mean that were just flat out blatant.

Nick:                         You narrowed it down a little bit.

Andrew:                 I saw it on the first time and was like, holy cow, you didn’t call that? Delance’s false start, Hammond’s offensive pass interference, and the Marco play. What are you doing? What were you doing? I guess I can say four, because first drive, I mean Kyle Pitts was held. The guy literally had his hand on Kyle’s belt holding onto him.

Nick:                         You see it all Saturday long, all throughout the nation.

Andrew:                 Let’s move on. The Georgia game. After the third quarter, Georgia had 28 yards passing. Kentucky had 0.

Nick:                         What were they doing?

Andrew:                 It was raining, but really? Really? That’s bad. Is Georgia pretenders or contenders?

Nick:                         They’re certainly beatable.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Listen, that’s a Kentucky team that had Florida on the ropes too, so I get that, but I don’t know. I’m starting to wonder about Georgia’s offense. I’m starting to wonder about that big time.

Nick:                         I still Jake Fromm is good. I think Jake Fromm is going to be good. But these are back to back weeks, and maybe how much of it was Georgia, like Florida happened last year, Georgia letting a loss to South Carolina bleed into their preparation and bleed into what was happening with Kentucky in the Kentucky game. I do think Kentucky’s a good team. It’s a team the Georgia should beat.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         Kentucky was a team that Florida should beat, but I remember we walked away from the Kentucky game and we both thought, that’s not a bad football team. Mark Stoops is doing something up there. That’s a good team.

Andrew:                 Right. I don’t know.

Nick:                         Georgia’s certainly beatable, man.

Andrew:                 Georgia’s definitely beatable.

Nick:                         Early on in the year they were just running through teams and putting up yards and points, and you’re thinking they’re going to be able to run on anybody.

Andrew:                 Notre Dame sucks. I don’t care what anybody says. Notre Dame sucks.

Nick:                         Pretenders. Notre Dame. Pretenders.

Andrew:                 Yeah. I mean, you’re not going to convince me anything that Notre Dame doesn’t suck. Win a national championship in this day and age. That’s all I’m going to say. Here’s the thing though. This is what I took away from Saturday. LSU’s the best team in the SEC.

Nick:                         LSU is legit. I didn’t get to watch the game, because I’m in the press box, and I’m writing, but those Twitter clips start popping up of little plays and highlights. I think you more than me, I’m blaming you more than me, but laughing about Joe Burrow Heisman talk and this and that. Then he went out, and he torched Florida.

Andrew:                 Yeah.

Nick:                         He went out, and he did it again last night. I’m like, no, this kid’s legit. The season he’s having, any award that you want to put him up for, I think he’s probably earned it.

Andrew:                 Give it to him. Here’s the thing for me. I would say I was a little hesitant to give it to him.

Nick:                         We were hesitant. We were skeptical.

Andrew:                 Listen, Texas gave up 48 points to Kansas, and my 251 brother, Brent Dearmon, who just took over as OC at Kansas, they got 48. Texas defense sucks, but LSU’s for real. Tua, I don’t know. He went to the hospital for they said a high ankle sprain. I mean, did they go do that voodoo surgery again? Where they go out there and whatever that was, tie the ankle or whatever. Anyway, they’re questionable. Their offense is questionable. If they don’t have Tua, for sure they’re questionable, but even with Tua I don’t know that I’m not picking LSU.

Nick:                         He’s got a little bit of time. That game’s November 9th.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         But if it’s a high ankle sprain, that’s three weeks. So, that’s past. That game is in, what?

Andrew:                 November 9th.

Nick:                         That’s three weeks. I mean, shoot. I don’t know.

Andrew:                 Yeah.

Nick:                         I don’t see Alabama beating LSU without Tua.

Andrew:                 I don’t know if I see them beating them with Tua.

Nick:                         Yeah. Joe Burrow’s been great, man. He’s been great.

Andrew:                 That defense is bad. Tennessee went out and done really well in that game. One final thought on that Tennessee game. People, and Nick, you know me, I’m a little old-school in football. I love getting in somebody’s face, that kind of stuff. People are mad that Jeremy Pruitt grabbed Jarrett Guarantano’s facemask after he made a stupid call. He was supposed to hand it off, but he didn’t. He quarterback sneaked it. He didn’t tug at it. He just grabbed it and was chewing him out. People are hollering. Some people are saying he should be fired. This is football. I don’t agree with that, Nick.

Nick:                         I’m used to it. I mean, that happened in baseball. Some of us wore almost like a football, now you see the guys that have they call it the C-Flap to cover their chin. They didn’t have that when we played. It used to be an actual facemask kind of that we’d have on some of the helmets. Some of our baseball coaches would do that.

Andrew:                 Right. I mean, I don’t have a problem with that.

Nick:                         I saw on Twitter last night a bunch of former NFL players saying doing do it, that they didn’t agree with it. I mean, maybe something’s changed, but I don’t have a problem with it.

Andrew:                 I think it’s just the world we live in is soft.

Nick:                         Maybe it’s just the times.

Andrew:                 I don’t know, Nick. Any final thoughts before we get out of here?

Nick:                         Florida is in the driver’s seat.

Andrew:                 Right.

Nick:                         I’m going to go deep dive. I can’t remember what year it was. It was one of the McElwain years. I’ve found, it’s buried deep in the SEC rulebook. I got to go find it. It’s going to take me a full day to find it, but there’s contingency plans for contingency plans for contingency plans for if there’s a tie. They go down like 20 levels of tiebreakers before at the end they just say, screw it, we’re flipping a coin. I’ll go through and figure out the tiebreaker scenarios. That’s only if Florida loses one of these next three games down the line. Vandy beating Missouri is a huge help. All Florida’s got to do is win.

Andrew:                 Win.

Nick:                         Little Al Davis. Just win, baby.

Andrew:                 Just win.

Nick:                         They’re in the driver’s seat. Beat Georgia. Beat Missouri. Beat Vanderbilt, and you and I can book our hotels in Atlanta.

Andrew:                 That’s right. Just win. That’s it. Bye week this week. No media, except for on Wednesday. We’ll have all that. Basketball gets underway here soon as well, so we’ll have all that. If you don’t have any final thoughts, Nick, tell everybody where they can find us, and we’ll get out.

Nick:                         No final thoughts. We’ll see if we can get Eric on this week on the podcast.

Andrew:                 Yeah.

Nick:                         We’ll preview some basketball. This is going to be a really good basketball team.

Andrew:                 Agreed. Nick, tell everybody where they can find us. We’ll get out of here. We’ll see everyone on Wednesday.

Nick:                         www.GatorCountry.com for all your Florida Gator news. The podcast is there in audio and transcript form. Find the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Just search Gator Country. Subscribe. Never miss an episode. Do your social media thing. @GatorCountry on Facebook and Twitter. @TheGatorCountry on Instagram. I’m @NickdelaTorreGC. He’s @AndrewSpiveyGC.

Andrew:                 There you go. Guys, as always, chomp, chomp and go Braves.

Nick:                         You stay classy, Gator Country.

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.