[The Florida Gators] needed 10 [points] in the fourth quarter to hold off Bowling Green in the season opener… Missouri, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Jacksonville State was unwatchable and had critics wondering not only if the Gators were for real but if the SEC was actually a house of cards built on a foundation of lies and propaganda.
But, when you focus on the negatives, you tend to ignore the positives. Florida held Texas A&M and their soon to be Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Football scoreless in the second half in College Station. The win at Tennessee was a little more impressive… The Gators out LSU’d LSU 14-6 in the Swamp. They quadrupled up South Carolina 44-11 in maybe the greatest defensive/special teams game by any team in 2012.
But it wasn’t until the Gators walked into Tallahassee and pounded Florida State did everyone finally begin to acknowledge what the Gators just accomplished.