OPTION #1 -
Punch the Gators in the mouth and run the ball all over them from the beginning. This is what we did back in '07 with Knowshon. I am not sure what the exact #'s were, but I think we ran every single play of that opening drive that culminated with the Celebration in the Endzone. If I had more confidence in our OL run-blocking, I would do this in a heartbeat. I would love to start the game with a 7 Minute drive with Ealey pounding the Gator's young defensive front. But, if we get stuffed in the backfield on the opening drive the way that Knowshon did in '08 (by Brandon Spikes) and go 3-and-out, nobody is going to be happy. The positive of this gameplan is obvious - send a message to the Gators that we are the more physical team and we are going to push you around all day long. My problem with this gameplan is 2-fold: a lack of complete confidence in our run-blocking AND I don't want to see us getting back to running such a conservative offense when Murray is proving to be a playmaker and with some dude named AJ as our WR.
OPTION # 2 -
Open the playbook up early - get the quick score and let the Gators know that we want to get into a track meet with them. Because we know that the Gators offense can't keep up with our offense. Just throw a little wrinkle that we never see BUT it has to be in our playbook somewhere. Do we not have anything in our playbook that involves Logan throwing a pass off a reverse or some kind of a trick play? I wouldn't be opposed to that sort of a low-risk, high-reward type of play early on hitting AJ deep and getting everyone fired up on the field. The positive side of this is making FL feel a little nervous that they can't possibly score at will with the mess that is their offense right now. On the negative side, the play blows up in our face, we look desperate playing FL again and it sets a bad tone for the rest of the game.
MY TAKE -
I think I am leaning toward Option 2. I am just worried that we won't get the push up front that we will need to sustain a long drive against a fresh set of defensive legs. As the game goes on and we wear them down, I think we can move that direction, but I want to see AM sling that ball around and open up our offense and turn this into a track meet. I don't care what changes that scumbag Urban Meyer makes, I don't think their offense can go toe-to-toe with our offense.
What do you think? It is easy to complain about our play-calling (hell, I have ripped Bobo many times in the past) after the gameplan doesn't work. But, if you were setting the gameplan before kickoff, what do you think we should do with our opening possession? Leave your thoughts in the Comments section.
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