Yes, Michigan can be great behind controlled Wilton Speight

Coming out of the gate on Saturday at Jerry World, it appeared that the short-handed Florida Gators (10 players suspended for this game) were just outclassed by the Michigan Wolverines.

The Gators' offense, as it has many times in recent history for Florida, came from the defense. It had already landed in cornerback Duke Dawson's arms and been returned for a touchdown in one or two breaths.

Henderson would also return this one into the endzone giving Florida a 17-10 lead. The Wolverines only let O'Korn throw one pass (a 37-yard completion) before they turned back to Speight.

Senior Chase Winovich provided an exclamation point in the final two minutes with Michigan's fifth sack of the day. Florida's Garrett Stephens then blocked the punt.

It is a bit interesting that Harbaugh went with O'Korn and not freshman Brandon Peters, who impressed during spring football, and some thought would win the job outright.

With the defense remaining stout, including an exclamation-point sack-fumble touchdown, MI was simply too much for the Gators without 10 players available.

It was one of those kinds of days for Florida, which saw its quarterbacks sacked five times and lost time of possession by almost 10 minutes. That was true regardless of who was in the game at quarterback. "We got a lot of things to work on and we'll get it cleaned up and we'll be better next week".

After the show, Tebow was back in the air, flying back to Florida, where he played in a game for the Port St. Lucie Mets in West Palm Beach on Saturday night. Even with the deduction of six sacks for minus-55 yards, that kind of ground game isn't going to win many games against anyone, let alone a blueblood program like MI. When Speight was asked about his interceptions after the game he said, "The first pick, just we couldn't connect with Kekoa and I". Disappointed in the lack of being able to run the football...it was bad disappointing, I'll tell you that.

There weren't many answers in the game and there weren't any answers in the press conference, which means there will absolutely have to be answers in the following week or else the answers that begin to trickle out of the Florida athletic program won't be ones anyone there wants to hear. When he was asked about this year's defense as he a unit he said, "We ain't going to take nothing from nobody". We've got to have that.

"I can't point my finger at the offense", Dawson said.

An opener is always a good litmus test for your team.

The Florida Gators are coming from a 9-4 record and they nearly got to where they wanted, but they lost to Alabama in the SEC title game.

Florida has been hit by a series of suspension as of starting running back Jordan Scarlett, wide receiver Rick Wells, star wide receiver Antonio Callaway and Freshman wide receiver James Robinson all due to different in-disciplinary actions.


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