Tough night to judge these Gators — but it wasn’t pretty.

Updated: Aug 26, 2019

Dan Mullen said having the national stage alone Saturday night would give viewers an opportunity to evaluate his team and judge how they should be graded after the game. I’ve got a feeling the Florida Gators’ report card was somewhere around a C-minus.

Mullen is known for making lists. Detailed guy. Often over prepares. Once at Mississippi State in preparation for a game he wrote down every last thing he could think of and the list was as long as his leg. Don’t know if it helped, but it made him feel better prepared.

His list after Saturday night’s ugly victory over Miami would probably wear out a ball point pen or two, because there is plentyto correct. Frankly, if I were Mullen, I wouldn’t know where to start.

First, he wanted to find something positive.

“We’ve got a lot of things to work on, but we’ll get ‘em cleaned up,” Mullen said in his post-game comments. “We’ve got an open date and our guys can get some rest and we’ll fix ‘em.”

Roger that. The win is paramount and everything else is second, or third. Let’s not sugar-coat it, however, because this was not performance befitting of the No. 8 ranked team in the country on a night when a large chunk of America’s football fans were probably watching.

Most people expected better of Dan Mullen’s offense – and defense. I certainly did. As someone who has defended Franks pretty much all last year, watching him against Miami I began to ask myself, “Has hr regressed?” Fully expecting him to find a way to scratch out the “W,” however.

And at several critical points, that didn’t appear imminent. This is a quarterback-driven team and offense. And for just a flicker of a first quarter, it appeared Feleipe was on his way to a big night, picking up where they left off last fall.

First off Mullen wasn’t despondent – anything but.