Can you believe it?
From cardiac Gators to pure domination in one week?
Last week The Monday Morning Quarterback wrote that the Gators grew up against Tennessee.
Against Ole Miss they showed no growing pains whatsoever playing like a mature, experienced team.
Especially quarterback Will Grier who played with poise and threw with precision despite dealing with the effects of a virus that had been described as a flu bug by head coach Jim McElwain but reported as a stomach bug by various media outlets.
Grier finished 24-29 for 271 yards and 4 td’s. And best of all he had zero turnovers.
“We’re growing up offensively,” McElwain said. “We’re getting a little bit better. That’s what we want to do.”
That might be the understatement of the year!
Since the ten minute mark of the fourth quarter of the Tennessee game, Grier is 35-47 (74.4 completion percentage) for 412 yards and 6 td’s.
That’s not only efficient, it’s Montana-esque as in hall of famer Joe Montana.
So much for the quarterback competition in Gainesville.
It wasn’t all Grier, however, as the work-in-progress offensive line played their best game by far.
While they still have work to do in the run game they played masterfully in the passing game holding off what many considered a stout Ole Miss defensive line giving Grier time to make throws to open receivers.
And defensively, they played their best game all season as well. The defensive line was disruptive rarely letting quarterback Chad Kelly get comfortable in the pocket.
The defensive backs shut down a potent Ole Miss receiving corps led by All American candidate Laquon Treadwell who finished with pedestrian numbers (5 catches, 43 yards, and no td’s).
The offensive play-calling was masterful as well keeping the Ole Miss defense off-balance throughout using their aggressiveness against them with misdirection bootlegs, screens, and draw plays.
The Mac Attack is whack baby!
And this team is growing up right before our eyes, much quicker than anyone expected.
The Monday Morning Quarterback believes that the Gators are truly back and have an opportunity to have a very special season.
Was Ole Miss overrated like so many other teams fans have claimed after the Gators big win?
The Monday Morning Quarterback doesn’t believe so after Ole Miss beat Alabama on the road and then Alabama demolished Georgia this past weekend.
The poll voters don’t believe so either as the Gators made the third highest one-week leap in AP poll history jumping from #25 last week to #11 Sunday.
Regardless, with Missouri, LSU, and Georgia left on the October schedule we’ll sure get a chance to see if this team can maintain focus and continue to improve.
If so you’ll see a top five team come November.
I’m the Monday Morning Quarterback and I’m out!