Posted by Tom Fornelli
Florida may have been hoping to end its two-game losing streak this week, but so far that's the only thing the Gators have done: hope. It's halftime in Gainesville and Mississippi State has a 10-0 lead. Though it's really not as bad as it sounds, and, yes, being down ten to Mississippi State at home does sound really, really bad.
The truth is, though, that Florida has an edge in just about every meaningful stat. They've outgained the Bulldogs 138-to-126, and have had the ball three minutes longer. The problem has been putting points on the board and keeping John Brantley off of his back. Oh, and if Florida could start getting more than one yard a carry in the second half, that would probably help too.
The Gators had a nice chance to get some points in the second quarter, putting together a 15-play 59-yard drive, but Chas Henry missed a 33-yard field goal that would have cut the lead to 10-3.
Still, even though they haven't played well in the first half, the Gators still only trail by ten points and Mississippi State hasn't exactly been playing magnificent football either. Though if the Gators don't find a way to get a ground game going in the second half, the ten point deficit may be too much to overcome. And if the Gators lose this one, well, hello, Cotton Bowl.