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Podcast: Talking Florida Gators football during the bye week
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we give you the latest news surrounding the Florida Gators football during their now bye week.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre breakdown what the team is doing during the break and when they will return to action.
Andrew and Nick also talk about the games around the country from this past weekend.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man Andrew Spivey here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re back. We’re on two-week hiatus, I guess. In the last week of it, as I’m sure you guys know by now, Florida-Missouri has been pushed back to Halloween night, and so now this is considered Florida’s bye week.
Nick: I don’t really consider it a bye week if you’re not practicing.
Andrew: Yeah. But in technicality, it’s a bye week.
Nick: Technically it’s a bye week.
Andrew: Seven straight weeks of games going forward.
Nick: Yeah. That can be rough. Let me look at Georgia’s schedule too.
Andrew: Georgia will have a bye sometime after the Florida-Georgia game.
Nick: Anyway, basically Florida caused the SEC to kind of scrap some things and redo a number of games.
Andrew: They caused the SEC just to throw the schedule out the door and say, we’re going again.
Nick: I think this is exactly what happened and why Florida’s dealing with this now. There were a couple guys who had symptoms, didn’t report their symptoms, because if you’re feeling a symptom on Friday, and your Friday test comes back negative, you’re probably thinking I don’t have Corona. I just have maybe a cold, or maybe I have allergies. Maybe I just have a headache. I didn’t sleep well. You get on a plane with your team, even though you have it, even though you haven’t tested positive yet, and now you’re breathing recycled air. So, instead of five guys having it, which is what showed up on the Sunday test, now you’ve got more than 31 guys that have tested positive.
Andrew: Including your head coach and including two other assistants. Here’s the thing, Nick, and I’ve thought about this. I know some fans are upset that certain guys got on the plane, and I get it from the standpoint of you should have been more responsible. I get it, but at the same time, Nick, if the test came back and told me I was negative, I would feel the same way you just said and say, it’s probably just a cold, and I’ve have probably went ahead and played too, because you get the test for a reason.
Nick: Yeah. But they’ve also been told.
Andrew: They should have reported it. Yes. They should have reported it.
Nick: I’m playing both sides of the fence here, because I get it. They’ve also been told there’s an 8, 9, 10-day incubation period. You could have it and not test positive, even though you have it, so report any and all symptoms to us. But like I said, it’s going to be tough. You only get 10 games this year. It’s going to be tough to tell a 19, 20-year-old. We live in Florida, man. I’m sniffling right now. I cut the grass, and I’m sniffling now, because there’s so many different kind of allergens in Gainesville. We got pollen, and we got all kinds of stuff. To have the sniffles, I got sniffles all year round, and I didn’t test positive.
Andrew: The thing is, and we’re not naming n
Podcast: Friday prediction podcast, plus talking COVID-shutdown
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we talk about the Florida Gators vs. LSU game being postponed this week due to a COVID-19 breakout.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre discuss everything that’s going on around the program, plus we are joined by former Gators safety Jeawon Taylor on the podcast.
Andrew and Nick ask Taylor about what he sees from the Gators defense and what he thinks can help the defense improved.
Andrew:What’s up, Gator Country? Your man Andrew Spivey here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re back. Man, we knew that this season was going to be wild, but Wednesday was a wild, wild day, my friend. We started off Tuesday knowing that Florida had shut down, or paused the program I guess is the better word to say. Then Wednesday afternoon the game’s postponed. We’ll see about the Missouri game. I would say that it looks bleak at the moment, but we’ll see.
Nick:Yeah. You’re going to have to have a lot of stuff. We’re going to have to see what happens and if more players test positive, but the date that it’s currently scheduled on I would say probably unlikely.
Andrew:You and I have heard that there’s a possibility of playing a midweek game. You asked Scott Strickland about it, and Scott Strickland said, it’s 2020, never say never. So, I’ve heard that’s a possibility with December 12th being the makeup game for Florida and LSU. Also something that I was looking at today, I think Yahoo had it out that there’s a possibility that maybe Florida-Georgia gets moved up to the last week of October. From everything I’ve heard, Nick, that’s not even possible, for the Florida-Georgia game to be moved up.
Nick:I don’t know, because they’re not going to allow tailgating, so there’s less logistics to figure out this year than in other years.
Nick:But this is why you moved to an all SEC schedule. You moved to an all SEC schedule because you can do stuff like that. If we need to push Florida and Missouri back a couple days, we can do that, because we don’t have to worry about anything. It’s just us. It’s just our conference. We have total control over our conference.
Andrew:It turns into a mess. Like you said, nothing’s been decided on the Florida-Missouri game, but we know from what we’ve been told that the building is shut down until at least Monday. Scott Strickland said until it’s under control. The thing is we know over 20 people have tested positive, and then the contact tracing, and those guys have to have a 10-day quarantine period. So, you’re looking at probably Tuesday or Wednesday before everyone’s able to hit the field again. Are you realistically asking your guys to be prepared in three days, be back in football shape? Then it becomes a risk of injury on top of that. That’s the kind of reason that I’ve been told that the Missouri game is in doubt.
Nick:Yeah. Let me pull this up. The SEC quarantine protocol is 10 days in quarantine for a positive test from the onset of symptoms. So, we were told by Scott Strickland some players started feeling symptoms Thursday/Friday. Call it Friday.
Nick:And didn’t report it. To me, Scott kind of said we think, we’re suspicious that this is where it came from, but they haven’t pinned it down 100% yet. A couple players felt flu-like symptoms, thought maybe it was allergies, headache or congestion, stuff like that. Felt it on Friday. Didn’t say anything, then got on a plane. Well, you’re on a plane with recycled air, so you’re breathing out, and you’re infected. You have the virus. You’re breathing it out, and now it’s going everywhere.
Nick:And everyone else on the plane is getting it. Sorry. I’m getting sidetracked. 10 days of quarantine for them. 14 days in quarantine for somebody that
Podcast: Previewing the Florida Gators vs. LSU game
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we start to preview the Florida Gators vs. LSU game on Saturday at 4:00 in the Swamp.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre preview the game and we breakdown what changes we think the Gators could make on defense this week.
Andrew and Nick also talk about the offense this week against a below-average LSU defense.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re here getting ready for LSU and Florida. If you didn’t catch the news, it moved back 30 minutes. No big deal. Still on ESPN.
Nick: Real quick programming note, because there’s a lot of confusion. CBS doesn’t have a double header this week, or this year. ESPN was always broadcasting Florida-LSU. The moving the kickoff back, some people were like, why isn’t it on CBS now? It was never on CBS. It’s just ESPN is probably giving it an extra 30 minute buffer, so that you don’t have the 12:00 kickoff running into Florida-LSU. If they need to kill time with a studio show for 20 minutes, they’d rather do that. I mean, how pissed off are you if Florida starts at 3:00, and the game doesn’t start on ESPN, because whatever game ESPN was showing at noon is in the 4th quarter, and you miss 10 minutes of Florida-LSU?
Nick: ESPN is just moving it back, so you don’t have any crossover between the games.
Andrew: I was telling you off the air, we were talking about that. You’re just so accustomed to it, and I even told you before the schedule came out last week I even thought, that’s a CBS game, because I’m so accustomed to it being on CBS.
Nick: 3:30, you immediately assume CBS.
Nick: I get the confusion. That’s why I just wanted to get it out there real quick.
Andrew: Yeah. So, they moved it back. Again, no big deal. No problem or anything like that. Somebody asked is there an issue of why they have to move it back? No. It’s just TV. TV runs the game, as we always say. That’s that. We’re going to spend this podcast a little different, Nick. We’re going to go through. Dan Mullen said on Monday he wants to really go through and talk about and think about moving some guys around. If there’s guys that are in better position to play to make the team better, they want to play those guys on defense. He said he was in the defensive meeting room on Sunday. I know he said the buck does stop with him, and it does. I was very vocal about that on Sunday. Todd Grantham, you can say you want to fire Todd Grantham all you want to, but at the end of the day, if Dan Mullen doesn’t fix it, then it’s on Dan Mullen.
Nick: Yeah. Here’s what it is. Dan Mullen is not a defensive coach. That’s now how he cut his teeth. That’s not how he became successful. He’s an offensive coach. I think he’s a brilliant offensive mind. He’s not going to call the plays. He’s not going to call defensive plays. Sorry. But at the end of the day, I forget which president it was that had the little placard on his desk that said, the buck stops here.
Nick: He’s the head football coach, so every little thing that happens on the football team ends up coming back to him. So, is he calling the defensive plays? No. Is he responsible for how bad the defense is playing? No and yes. No, he’s not, but at the end of the day, it comes back on him.
Podcast: Recapping the Florida Gators loss to Texas A&M
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators loss to Texas A&M on Saturday at Kyle Field.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre breakdown what’s wrong with the Gators defense and what went wrong on Saturday.
Andrew and Nick also take a look back at how the offense looked and what the Gators have to do going forward.
Andrew:What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, what is going on in defensive football in the SEC? In particular with Florida, but even Alabama looked bad. When is the last time, Nick, you have seen a team line up and just run straight at Alabama for 260-some yards?
Nick:I don’t know. I don’t know when the last time. Shoot, probably Saban’s first year, maybe, or back in the Schula years. I don’t know.
Andrew:Maybe the first year of Saban, but I don’t know if it’s been any past years with Saban. It just doesn’t happen.
Nick:That’s where we are. Florida fans, if anything, you can just take comfort in the fact that even Alabama is giving up 600 yards.
Andrew:Here’s the difference, Nick, for me. When it was time to make a stop, Bama made the stop. The running game was there. That was pretty easy for Ole Miss at times, but Ole Miss was still having to go to 3rd down at different times. At one point in the game they were 3 of 7 on 3rd down. I hate to say that it’s easy, but A&M made it just look easy. There was no point in that game where I thought A&M’s offense, outside of the one three and out, did I ever think Ole Miss’s offense was out of rhythm or was struggling to move the ball.
Nick:Yeah. I guess, getting back to your question, we’re obviously talking about Alabama, but you’re seeing it all across the SEC.
Andrew:Right. All across the country, in general.
Nick:All across the country. We keep saying it. We keep saying it’s like pitchers and catchers reporting early, and the defense has to catch up. When LSU comes to Florida, we’re a month in.
Nick:Time to catch up. Or maybe this is just what it is.
Andrew:Let me ask you this. I hate to interrupt you, but this question was posed to me on Friday doing a radio segment. Is the SEC offense just getting so much better that the defense hasn’t caught up with that yet, or what is it? Here’s a little bit that I say, Nick, and you can tell me if you agree or not. I think that the SEC is recruiting different style of athletes for different style of offense, and what we’re accustomed to seeing in the SEC on defense just isn’t working. 240-pound linebackers, 230-pound linebackers, aren’t needed anymore in the SEC for the most part.
Nick:Yeah. Everything starts at the high school level, right? That’s kind of where the spread offenses came from, because you would get high schools, and we don’t have a quarterback that can drop back and sling it 40 times a game, but we’ve got this kid who’s really face, and let’s run some option stuff. Cool.Then that’s what they start running in high school, and it moves up. Then you start seeing it work its way from high school to college to the NFL. You saw Steve Spurrier change the way offenses, and then in turn defenses, had to play in the SEC back in the ‘90s. You saw Urban Meyer and Dan Mullen do it again in the mid to late 2000s. Maybe the defenses need to adjust again. I don’t know. I’m not sure if this is just a product of Covid.
Andrew:It’s not. No.
Nick:I’m not ready to say this is what it’s going to be forever, because I don’t think there’s the same rules. When you look at the NFL, the NFL has changed the rules completely. You can’t touch a wide receiver, and you can’t touch a quarterback. That’s why you’re getting so much crazy passing in the NFL. They’ve changed the rules. They literally changed th
Podcast: Friday prediction for the Florida Gators vs. Texas A&M
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we bring you our Friday prediction podcast for the Florida Gators vs. Texas A&M game on Saturday.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre give you their keys for the Gators to beat the Aggies on Saturday on the road.
Andrew and Nick also pick three players to watch for the Gators on Saturday, plus we pick several games around the country.
Andrew:What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re back. We’re ready for Friday predictions for Gators-Texas A&M. My oh my, does the week just go by so much better when there’s games on Saturday to play.
Nick:Yeah. It certainly does. Got a good slate of games. You got the Red River, they’re calling it the Red River Recession, with Texas and Oklahoma. Tennessee and Georgia. Florida and A&M. Miami-Clemson. Got a good slate of games this week.
Andrew:Finally we’re getting into that heart of the SEC schedule that has pretty much not changed. You look at next week. It’s Alabama-Georgia, Florida-LSU. The SEC schedule that was kind of scheduled already before all this, so we’regetting into some normalcy in the country a little bit. Obviously, Florida-A&M wasn’t a scheduled game, but still should be interesting. Looks like the weather’s going to be good out there, even though the hurricane did move a little bit more west. Moved the LSU-Missouri game to Missouri, moved the Alabama-Ole Miss game back in time a little bit. Looks like weather will be good, and Florida should be going into the game pretty healthy, for the most part.
Nick:Yeah. Just a bit of news, because I’ve been asked about it a bunch. LSU-Missouri was supposed to be a night kickoff at LSU. That game has changed, because of the hurricane. They’re playing at Missouri, and they’re kicking off at noon, 11:00 AM Missouri time. That did not change Florida’s kickoff. They’re still at noon on ESPN.
Andrew:From what I heard, the reason for that was the traveling back and not having two nights of hotel stay, and also with LSU being the home team, they kind of got to change that game to get back early to have preparations begin for Florida early on Sunday, instead of having to travel back. That’s kind of what I heard as to why the game was changed. Some people were asking why it wasn’t 9:00 in Columbia, and simply because LSU was the home team, so they’re not going to punish LSU for the hurricane, even though Joe Alleva likes to punish people for it.
Nick:The other thing is too, I don’t like telling people what to think, but I think people are mad about the early kickoffs. Right now, wouldn’t you rather just an early kickoff? If you’renot going to be at the game, wouldn’t you rather just wake up, eat your breakfast, and then watch your team, and then enjoy the rest of the day? I get it when you want a night game, especially a home night game and have that rowdy crazy environment, but you’re not getting that anywhere.
Andrew:Right. I think game times this year are a little overrated, for that standpoint of the crowd and that kind of thing. I do think it’s a little overrated. I know some people would rather have that primetime spot at 2:30, but the way I look at is I think every time slot is primetime this year, because everybody is wanting to watch the games.
Nick:So hungry for any kind of football. You can start kickoff at 9:00 AM. The Pac-12 is about to have noon kickoffs California time, which is like a 9:00 AM kickoff. Breakfast with the Pac-12. Let me do it.
Andrew:They’re going to be kicking off early and going. I get what you’re saying. Again, I do see some people saying they’d rather have the late, primetime, so they can get up and do things on Saturday morning, and I see it both ways. I’m not for or against it. For me, just like you, I’m all
Podcast: Previewing Florida Gators vs. Texas A&M with Ryan Brauninger
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we preview the Florida Gators road game against Texas A&M on Saturday.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre are joined by Ryan Brauninger of TexAgs as he tells us what to expect from Texas A&M on Saturday.
Andrew and Nick also breakdown what Dan Mullen had to say on Monday about the Gators performance last Saturday.
Andrew:What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re here and getting ready for Florida-Texas A&M out at Kyle Field, or should we call it the Kyle Trask field?
Nick:Kyle Trask-Pitts Field. Good story. Good story to come out on a Monday. College football is just crazy. If you missed the story on Monday, Kyle Trask told us that his parents named him Kyle after Kyle Field, because both of him parents went to Texas A&M.
Andrew:Interesting. When you think about all the storylines in the game, and that’s a good one. Texas kid. It has tobe special for Trask, and to be the star quarterback and the guy who is coming in with one of the top teams in the country. Then Texas and Texas A&M both passed on him, didn’t even show interest in him. Has to be a special moment for Trask on Saturday, when he goes out to Aggie land.
Nick:I’m sure Ryan Brauninger, who we’ll have on in a minute will tell you. He’s an Aggie. I don’t think Kyle’s parents would have allowed him to go to Texas, even if they had offered.
Andrew:Yeah. We’ll be joined by Ryan Brauninger here in a minute from TexAgs to get his thoughts on the game. We got to ask him about what’s going on with Jimbo and how that contract’s working out. We’ll get his thoughts on that, and then you and I will come back, and we’ll talk about what Dan Mullen had to say on Monday. He is still very coy on injuries.
Andrew:But he did say he will announce breaking long season-ending injuries. I guess we got somewhere, right?
Nick:Yeah. That was kind of unprompted too. No one even asked him about it.
Andrew:Somebody get on his case behind the scenes and say, listen, you got to be nice to these guys?
Nick:Maybe. Maybe that was Megan. Saban always does that. He snaps at the media, and then he comes back the next day and is like, Miss Terry told me I need to be nicer to you guys, so I’m apologizing for yelling and that.
Andrew:Miss Megan is the one that’s, let’s do this and be nice.
Andrew:She’s the, what’s the word I’m looking for? She’sthe voice of reason. There we go. That’s it. She’s the voice of reason behind all the commotion. Let’s go to Brauninger here. We’ll talk to him, get his thoughts on this game, get his breakdown. I’ll be honest. I know a little bit about Texas A&M, but not a ton. We’ll get his thoughts on this game, and then you and I will come back, and we’ll finish it up and talk about what Dan Mullen had to say.
Nick:Let’s do it.
Andrew:What’s up, Gator Country? We’re back. We’rewith our man, Ryan Brauninger, of TexAgs. Ryan, what’s up? How are things going out in Aggie land?
Ryan:What’s up? I feel like I haven’t talked to you guys about actual football stuff on a podcast in, I guess since Kevin Sumlin was the head coach in College Station, and A&M was getting ready to go down to Gainesville, and y’all wore those heinous jerseys, all green jerseys. There’s been quite a few changes, I think, on both sides of this deal, but it’s always good to talk to you guys, outside of National Signing Day and recruiting stuff. Welcoming the Gators back to College Station.
Andrew:We have to ask you, last week we were talking to our good friend Chris Clark about everything going on with Will Muschamp, how are things going with Jimbo? Is everything all hunky-dory out there? Are people getting a little upset about thin
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