Gators kicking it into overdrive
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
I'm not going to anoint Florida as the best team in the SEC right now just because the Gators are hammering Kentucky 42-3 at the half.
Well, OK, I'll go ahead and say it. I think the Gators are the best team in the conference right now, and they're playing the best.
Granted, Kentucky's defense is a bit banged up with tackle Myron Pryor not playing and several other starters not 100 percent, but this is (was) the SEC's top scoring defense.
You could tell two weeks ago that Florida was starting to get it offensively in the Gators' 51-21 massacre of LSU. The emergence of Jeffrey Demps, Chris Rainey and Brandon James in this offense makes all the difference in the world. There's not anybody else in the conference that can match that kind of speed, and Urban Meyer has figured out how to incorporate all three into the offense.
Here's something else to chomp on: When the Gators make big plays on special teams, they've been virtually unbeatable.
They blocked punts -- the second one by Demps -- on Kentucky's first two possessions Saturday to trigger the blowout. They also blocked a field goal attempt in the first half.
The Gators have now blocked five kicks this season, already surpassing their total of four from a year ago. Under Meyer, they've blocked 22 (punts, field goals and extra points) in 46 games.
That's what you call getting it done on special teams.