I knew Florida was going to lose this game. We didn't expect the Auburn loss. However, after watching this game during the first half and seeing the Gators up 24-14 through the third quarter, I had some hope that they could pull it off.
Unfortunately, they did exactly what they've done in the past three games (and now two losses): They have only played for half the game.
In the Auburn game, they didn't do anything for the first half, but came out in the second half to score enough to tie the game, but then lost it after giving up the ball on their last possession.
In the LSU game, they played great the first half, but didn't adjust (or stay aggressive) in the second half. They didn't score or stop LSU during the entire time and made bad decisions toward the last few minutes (including not calling a time out to stop the clock).
So it ended as I feared it would.
It's unfortunate because they are highly talented and a lot better than they are currently playing. It all boils down to one thing: This team is still young and making mistakes.
But they will learn, and if they are lucky, they can still win their next four SEC games and go to the SEC championship for another shot at LSU in Atlanta.
At least they've managed to lose early, and they can rebound from this and end up going undefeated from here on out (even though I don't think they will with road games at Kentucky, Georgia and South Carolina).
I also want to congratulate LSU coach Les Miles on the win and for doing what few college coaches do these days: Being aggressive and going for it!
Nice job! Hopefully, we will have a chance for that rematch in December.