No bowl game for Florida? It’s possible and Gators radio analyst Lee McGriff says getting to six wins won’t be easy for Jim McElwain’s team. McGriff, who played at Florida from 1972-74 and has served as the color analyst on the Gators’ radio broadcasts since 2004, joined 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville on Tuesday night to talk about the Gators.
So, can the Gators get to a bowl?
“I think it’s going to be tough,” McGriff said. “Fortunately, logic and realism are not what sports are about — they have to go play — but logically on paper, should Florida beat Georgia? Not really. As for Florida State, we are in the same boat as them, and that might be a battle to get to a bowl game for both teams, which is kind of amazing.”
If the Gators don’t beat Georgia and Florida State, they would have to win their other three games to get to six wins.
“I also think the Missouri and South Carolina road games are going to be a real test,” McGriff said. “It will likely be cold in both of those games, and to me, South Carolina is playing really well and it’s going to be hard to go up there and beat them.
“Missouri is one of those trap games and Florida doesn’t have a long history with Missouri, and that environment up there is different than other places. So, that one worries me, too, even though Missouri hasn’t been very good.
“So, you know, when you’re talking about mustering three wins out of the next five games, logically it looks like a pretty tall order. But you never know and players just have to go play.”
Florida enters its bye week coming off close home losses to LSU and Texas A&M; the combined margin of victory in those games was three points. The Gators have this week to re-focus before a game with unbeaten Georgia on October 28 in Jacksonville.
“The Gators put themselves in a chance to win both of those games,” McGriff said. “Really, it was odd how in both the LSU and Texas A&M games, it felt like there was so much momentum for Florida. Close games, and you can certainly pick and choose things about the defense, but the fact is that the offense was not productive in both of those fourth quarters.”
A portion of the fan base is angry and the venom is directed toward McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. McGriff was asked if that was warranted.
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