Bye Week Bulletin II: What to watch while UF’s off

By Adam Silverstein
October 26, 2013

The Florida Gators have their second of two open dates this Saturday and will not step foot on the gridiron – but that does not mean there are no college football games to watch. In this season’s second edition of the Bye Week Bulletin, points out the best and most interesting games to keep a close eye on this Saturday.


No. 1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC) vs. Tennessee (4-3, 1-2 SEC)
3:30 p.m. – CBS
Alabama’s dominance on the “Third Saturday in October” nearly rivals Florida’s exceptional streak against Tennessee as the Crimson Tide have rattled off six-straight wins against the Volunteers dating back to 2007. Despite winning two of the three games prior (UA’s victory in 2005 was vacated), UT has not scored more than 17 points against their cross-division rivals since 2003. Bama, of course, is trying to stay undefeated.

No. 5 Missouri (7-0, 3-0 SEC) vs. No. 21 South Carolina (5-2, 3-2 SEC)
7:00 p.m. – ESPN2
The Tigers appear to be the class of the SEC East, but the Gamecocks will try to make a stand and knock the new(er) kid on the block down a peg on Saturday. A victory by Missouri would go a long way to clinching a berth in the SEC Championship, a first for Mizzou in just its second year in the league. A South Carolina triumph puts Steve Spurrier’s team squarely in the picture with just Mississippi State and Florida remaining on its conference schedule.

No. 3 Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) vs. No. 12 UCLA (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12)
7:00 p.m. – ESPN
Can Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota be contained? Will Oregon’s defense continue to stand strong against the team’s toughest competition yet this season? The Ducks are averaging a whopping 57.6 points per game while allowing just 17.3…and that’s after giving up a season-high 38 last week to Washington State. UCLA is reeling from a 24-10 loss to Stanford, but the Bruins could get some much-needed mojo back by knocking Oregon off its Pac-12 pedestal.

No. 6 Stanford (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) at No. 25 Oregon State (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12)
10:30 p.m. – ESPN
One of only four games on Saturday’s schedule with a pair of top-25 opponents squaring off (the fourth is listed on the next page), the Cardinal will face a tough Beavers team that leads the nation in passing and has rallied in a major way after surprisingly dropping its season opener to Eastern Washington (the third FCS team ever to beat a ranked FBS program). Both Stanford (upset by Utah) and Oregon State (only ranked by the BCS – neither of the human polls) have a lot to play for this week…especially the Cardinal, which have to face Oregon next on Nov. 7.

Check out more notable games and the rest of the SEC slate…after the break!


No. 7 Miami (6-0, 2-0 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2 ACC)
12:00 p.m. – ESPNU

No. 10 Texas Tech (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) at No. 15 Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1 Big 12)
3:30 p.m. – FOX

No. 2 Florida State (6-0, 4-0 ACC) vs. N.C. State (3-3, 0-3 ACC)
3:30 p.m. – ABC

No. 4 Ohio State (7-0, 3-0 B1G) vs. Penn State (4-2, 1-1 B1G)
8:00 p.m. – ABC


No. 16 Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3 SEC)
12:21 p.m. – SEC Network

No. 13 LSU (6-2, 3-2 SEC) vs. Furman (3-4, 2-2 Southern)
7:00 p.m. – Pay-Per-View (ESPN GamePlan,

No. 11 Auburn (6-1, 3-1 SEC) vs. Florida Atlantic (2-5, 1-4 C-USA)
7:30 p.m. – FOX Sports Network

Ole Miss (4-3, 2-3 SEC) vs. Idaho (1-6)
7:30 p.m. – Comcast Sports South


  1. Michael Jones says:

    Look for the Ol’ Ballcoach to rain on Mizzou’s parade. The Tigers’ run ends today.

  2. SW FL Joe says:

    I’m watching Tenn vs Bama. Bamas O runs the exact plays we do but their execution is light years ahead of us. They run a bubble screen and it goes 54 yards for a TD. We do it and Burton misses a block and we get -5 yards.Bama is just so well coached it makes us look like a peewee team.

    • Michael Jones says:

      Good point. Burton has been a bit of a mystery to me. His athletic ability is off the charts but he sometimes seems to be disengaged or have lack of concentration/heart issues.

      But getting back to Bama, it all starts at the line of scrimmage in football. Always has, always will. Manziel, for example, is really good (sorry, FSU fans, but Manziel is still the best football player in the country), but he has also had 1st round NFL O-line talent around him both years he has started.

  3. SW FL Joe says:

    I agree that you can’t do jack without a good o line. I’m sure Bamas are all 5* guys but they don’t false start, they know who they need to block and they don’t let guys run by them untouched. Muschamp says we’re not good, to me we look sloppy and uninspired compared to what I saw today

  4. aziatic41 says:

    SC beat Mizzou today so that mathematically puts us back in the SEC East race. Fact is it is a very slim chance we’ll beat SC at their place. If we lose to both UGA and SC then Muschamp should be fired. Plain and simple. I’m tired of people making excuses about our o-line, etc. We are not the only team with injuries. At a place like UF we should be able to win regardless of injuries. Or at least compete. Our last 2 losses have been horrible coaching. Just horrible..

    • Michael Jones says:

      I agree with everything you said except the firing Muschamp part. Don’t get me wrong, I understand where you’re coming from, but I just think he and pretty much any new coach needs a 5 year opportunity. He caught lightning in a bottle last season, and I think that some consideration needs to be given to that.

      We’re disappointing this year, no question about it. But last year we greatly exceeded expectations. Muschamp can recruit and he can coach defense. So, big picture, if he gets this offensive thing figured out, he might be the next legendary Gator head coach. I say give him another year or two.

      I also think Foley–because of his body of work–deserves some deference in regards to knowing what he’s doing. If Muschamp has to go, Foley will know it and do what needs to be done. Until that time (which hopefully, I say let’s trust Foley.

      We’ll be very fortunate to finish 7-5 this year. 6-6 looks more realistic. After going against Manziel, Vandy will probably be licking their chops when they go up against our offense. We need to brace ourselves and stay the course. . at least for awhile.

      Muschamp’s a good man. We still don’t know if he’s a good coach, but he’s earned some more time to prove himself, IMO, especially after last season. And, truthfully and not making excuses for him, I’ve never seem a team so decimated by injuries as we have been this season. For example, Murphy is a good kid but I’ve seen enough to still believe that Driskel is our best QB and that has effect our offensive production along with many other injuries.

      GO GATORS!!!

      • gatorboi352 says:

        If Muschamp doesn’t overhaul his offensive staff (minus Joker) this off-season, he needs to be looked as by Foley as needing to be replaced himself.

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