CBS Sports' Gary Danielson diagnoses Florida's struggles – 247Sports
Yes, Florida has won back-to-back SEC East championship, but like last season, no one’s giving the offensively-challenged Gators much of a shot heading into Saturday’s title game against unbeaten Alabama.
Florida, a 24.5-point underdog according to some sportsbooks, needs one of its best outputs of the season — on both sides of the football — to take down the probable No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff.
CBS Sports analyst Gary Danielson sized up Florida’s inconsistencies on offense during Tuesday’s media availability previewing the upcoming showdown in Atlanta.
“It seems like coach (Jim) McElwain is having the same struggles Will Muschamp had,” Danielson said. “He can’t seem to find a quarterback significantly talented enough to handle tough defenses in the SEC. If you don’t have top-notch quarterback, play, much like the NFL, you have a tough time moving against these elite athletes. If you look at next year’s NFL Draft, there’s I think 10 SEC players in the first round which emphasizes the fact you have to have above-average, almost elite play, at quarterback to combat those athletes.
“I don’t think the Gators have the elite receivers. There’s no Julio Jones or A.J. Green running around. No one defenses have to game plan to stop. Since Percy Harvin left, there hasn’t been a guy coaches have had to game plan against.”
In last season’s 29-15 loss to the Crimson Tide, were behind the chains throughout the first 3.5 quarters before Treon Harris found C.J. Worton for a 46-yard touchdown strike with 5:02 left to play.
The Gators’ only other score came on Antonio Callaway’s 85-yard punt return in the second quarter.