03 October 2010
We'll have more to say about Bama's 31-6 whipping of Florida in the coming days, but I couldn't head to bed tonight without at least making a comment. The fact that Bama beat Florida on Saturday did not surprise me. The fact that Bama won by a large margin isn't really all that surprising. As an unabashed Bama fan, there is always that part of me that thinks Bama will win big.
What did surprise me is how easy the Tide made it look.
There was never one second in the game where it felt like Florida would win. Okay, maybe during that first drive. But once Marcell Dareus knocked Trey Burton for a one yard loss on third and goal and Nico Johnson followed that play with his interception, the game was over.
If you take a look at the box score, it's tough to figure out exactly how it happened, too. Neither Mark Ingram, nor Trent Richardson ran for better than 100 yards. Greg McElory didn't pass for 100 yards. Nobody on offense had a standout game. So how in the heck did Bama manage to roll up 31 points and possibly put an end to the era of Florida being an elite national program?
The Gators will still win their fair share of games, no question. But when you get utterly dominated on national television in what is supposed to be your revenge game, it's tough to come back from that in the mind's of the fans. The flipside of that coin is Bama stepping forward and cementing its place as the nation's elite program.
The fact that Bama so easily dominated this game that it simply felt boring to watch, and there is nothing in the box score to indicate why, tells me one thing about this team - Bama is damn good.