Posted by Tom Fornelli
I think we all knew that the Florida Gators would have a tough time adjusting to life after Tim Tebow , but I don't think anybody was expecting the struggles we've seen in the first few weeks. After having a hard time disposing of the Miami of Ohio Redhawks in last week's opener, the Gators didn't come flying out of the gate this weekend against South Florida either.
In fact, the Bulls had control of the game for the first 29 minutes of the action before quarterback B.J. Daniels threw an interception that the Gators were able to convert for a game-tying touchdown heading into the half. In the second half that theme stayed the same.
B.J. Daniels kept throwing interceptions -- he finished the game with four interceptions while managing to complete only five passes to his own team -- and the Gators kept turning them into points, finishing the day with a 38-14 victory to move to 2-0. Still, had it not been for the turnovers, this game would have been a lot closer.
Florida can be happy with its output on the ground, as they racked up 269 yards rushing on the afternoon, 139 of which belonged to the fastest man in college football -- and on the track -- Jeff Demps . Demps' 62-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Gators a 14-7 lead, and they never looked back from there.
However, there are plenty of things the Gators need to work on before SEC play begins if they'd like to keep their hopes of playing for another national championship alive. The run defense gave up 249 yards to the Bulls as the defensive line was routinely pushed around by the South Florida offensive line, and John Brantley may have a better arm than Tim Tebow did, but he hasn't really showed it off that much two weeks into the season.
Brantley threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions, but completed only 18 of his 31 pass attempts for 172 yards. Efficient he has not been.
Granted, it's only two games and there's plenty of time for the Gators to get better, but who knows how much patience that Florida faithful will have in Steve Addazio ? With a trip to Neyland Stadium to take on the hated Volunteers next week, he may want to get it figured out quick.