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Chomping at Bits: Florida gets beaten at its own game by LSU

After taking a tough loss at LSU, Florida has an identity crisis on its hands — but a lot still left to play for.

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Florida football links

LSU flips the script: Controlling the line of scrimmage will win you a lot of games. (Chris Harry, GatorZone)

Plenty left to play for: Florida could still win out and go to Atlanta. (Scott Carter, GatorZone)

Kelvin Taylor shows flashes: And he'll need to show more. (Chris Harry, GatorZone)

Frankie Velez wins job at placekicker: Good for him. He was no-stress on Saturday. (Scott Carter, GatorZone)

Punched in the mouth: That feels rather fair. (Gator Country)

Florida's 10 best players: With Vernon Hargreaves III at No. 1. (Thomas Goldkamp, 247Sports)

Florida basketball links

Florida opens practice: Making "connectivity" a theme of this team and explaining it as a response to Florida's late-game issues in 2012-13 feels kind of like a subliminal shot — this is what we used to call subtweets — at Kenny Boynton. (Chris Harry, Harry Fodder | GatorZone)

Florida offering $200 ticket package to recent grads: And it includes Kansas, Kentucky, Florida State, and seven other games. I'm in. (Chris Harry, GatorZone)

Caption: "Carrying this name and trying to make my family proud... #Yeguete #MaFamille"

Kasey to Doe-Doe to Casey.

Other Florida sports

Florida volleyball keeps rolling: More to come on this today! (GatorZone)

Florida women's tennis dominates Bedford Cup: But we kinda knew it was going to. (GatorZone)

Caption: "Photo Bombed by boss lady @coachbutleruf on Media Day, we still were cute thoouuggh lol"

Alligator Army links

College football links

Bowl projections, Week 8: I would take the Outback Bowl. I wouldn't go, though. (Jason Kirk, SB Nation)

Georgia is in trouble deep: Beat-up and defenseless, the Dawgs suddenly don't control much of anything. (Seth Emerson, The (Macon) Telegraph)

Louisville faced with possibility of empty undefeated season: This is why I'll never complain about being in the SEC. (CardsFan922, Card Chronicle)

Examining Florida State's Jimbo Fisher era: Our friends at Tomahawk Nation made good use of the bye week. (Tomahawk Nation: Coaching | Recruiting | Administration)

Notable Quotables

  • "I've been waiting four years." — Frankie Velez, on his Florida career.
  • "We have all our East opponents in front of us. I know we're capable of beating all of them. That's what we have to do." — Michael Taylor, on Florida's new task.
  • "That was very frustrating. Third down is our money down."Cody Riggs, on LSU's third and 17 conversion, and the Gators' third down performance.
  • "We tried to nickel and dime them." — Tyler Murphy on Florida's offensive approach.
  • "They kind of beat us at our own game." — Damien Jacobs, on LSU's dominance.
  • "These are all self-inflicted wounds. We have to find our mistakes and figure out how to correct them. We have all the tools, all the components, to have a dominant team." — Jonotthan Harrison
  • "I never thought of myself as the miracle guy." — Murphy

Gators Moments of Zen

Caption: "Out here in Ocala stopping by the Fun Center jacking these tickets real quick! #squadddd."

Are you worried or excited about the challenge in front of Florida? What's your takeaway from Florida's loss to LSU? Do you want to see lots and lots of Florida basketball alley-oops this year? Do you like this new Chomping at Bits format? The comments are yours.


Andy Hutchins is Alligator Army's managing editor. Follow Alligator Army on Twitter and Facebook.