College Football: Where Florida’s Top Three Stand

Parker Fox, Staff Writer

With the first eight weeks of the always-too-short college football season in the books, Florida’s top three have seen the best and worst of times.  Miami had a heartbreaking loss in week 2 versus Ohio State and a disappointing game against Florida State.  Florida State was embarrassed by Oklahoma on the road but had gone undefeated since then, including a big win over archrival Miami, until last night’s loss to North Carolina State.  Florida has been just downright bad.  All three teams have expected to be better at this point in the season.

Miami’s top rated recruiting class from 2008 was entering its junior year.  Expectations were as high as ever in Coral Gables and Coach Randy Shannon was on the hot seat to perform.  The Canes are still in the thick of things and control their own destiny in the ACC.  A blowout over ACC rival North Carolina last week was a great start.  East Lake sophomore and Canes fan Mikey Lipca says, “I came into the season hoping we would make a run at the national championship.  I was heartbroken especially after the FSU game but we can still make this season a success by winning the ACC and reaching a BCS Bowl.”  The rest of the Canes’ schedule is highlighted by key conference games at Georgia Tech and a home game against Virginia Tech.

            FSU came into the season with a new coach in Jimbo Fisher and had the lowest expectations of teams in Florida.  With only one loss they also control their own destiny in the ACC, but and 11-1 ACC team is not likely to get a national title bid.  A BCS game would be a great success for this young Seminoles team.  The Noles shocked the country when they blew out Miami on the road a few weeks back.  They have to stay focused and have a late season showdown with archrival Florida on November 27th.

Beginning the season ranked number 4 in the country, Florida may be the biggest disappointment not only in the state of Florida, but in all of college football.  They had back to back to back losses including a blowout against SEC rival Alabama and a close loss against LSU.  After losing to Mississippi State they are in a state of emergency.  This team is packed with highly rated recruits and losing Tim Tebow is no excuse for the performance they have put on this year.  Gator fanatic and East Lake sophomore Mark Salem said, “This season has been more disappointing than any one I’ve seen in my life.  We better win out.”  Florida has also received criticism on the national scale for their astounding arrest rate.  ESPN analyst Dez Bryant even referenced the problem on last weeks showing of College Gameday. 

It’s been a rocky season so far for the big 3 of college football in Florida.  Miami and FSU have had great and horrible games respectively.  Florida is yet to really play “well.”  The teams that win out will be the ones who could consider their season a success as we wind down the 2010 college football season.