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Sluggish UF falls in polls again

Florida QB John Brantley helps Jeff Demps up during a win over USF. The offense “is a work in progress,’’ Urban Meyer says.

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Florida QB John Brantley helps Jeff Demps up during a win over USF. The offense “is a work in progress,’’ Urban Meyer says.

GAINESVILLE — For the second consecutive week Florida won its game, but fell in both the Associated Press (two spots to No. 10) and the coaches poll (one spot to No. 7).

Florida's stats aren't helping its cause. The Gators are ranked No. 50 in the nation in rushing (175 per game), No. 104 in passing (142.50) and No. 92 in total offense (317.50). Coach Urban Meyer acknowledged Saturday that the Gators are still finding themselves offensively.

"It is a work in progress," he said. "Have we found our identity? No. I like to score as much as the next guy; however I think we're more of a blue collar team that's going to find a way to go 4 yards here, 5 yards here, bang, take a shot."

NO SURPRISE: Film sessions can reveal things coaches missed in a game, but in Tennessee's 48-13 home loss to Oregon on Saturday, Vols coach Derek Dooley said nothing was a surprise.

"The film was every bit of what I expected," he said Sunday. "I thought we competed really well in the first half. I thought when you look at the second half it was just a tale of getting affected."

The Vols (1-1) face Florida on Saturday in Knoxville, the SEC opener for both.

"The biggest issue we have is learning how to compete through adversity," Dooley said.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

FSU: Time to regroup

TALLAHASSEE — After a 47-17 loss at Oklahoma, Florida State turns its attention to BYU, which comes to Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday. The Seminoles must improve in all facets.

The rebuilt defense didn't look much different from the 2009 defense against Oklahoma. Landry Jones passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns — in the first half. He finished with 380 yards. The FSU offense, a supposed strength, was abysmal.

Orlando Sentinel

UM: Tough road game

CORAL GABLES — With a bye week, UM has time to work out problems in a loss to Ohio State before the next game, at Pittsburgh. That will be another tough road test for UM, which has won one of its past 10 games against ranked road opponents.

Their focus on Pitt star RB Dion Lewis will be even greater after giving up 181 rushing yards to Ohio State.

Coach Randy Shannon said he was disappointed with eight penalties for 59 yards and the defense's inability to force a turnover against the Buckeyes.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

UCF: Much to address

ORLANDO — UCF looks to turn its frustration over a 28-21 loss to N.C. State into a strong showing at Buffalo.

With a potential change at quarterback (Jeff Godfrey replacing Rob Calabrese) an attention grabber, UCF's biggest concern is improving protection and cutting down on errors.

First-year Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn, the former offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Cincinnati, is installing the no-huddle, spread offense.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore CB Josh Robinson sat out Saturday with a bruise. He is expected back this week.

Orlando Sentinel

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Up next

Florida: at Tennessee, 3:30 Saturday. TV: Ch 10

FSU: vs. BYU, 3:30 Saturday. TV: ESPNU

UCF: at Buffalo, 7 Saturday. TV: TBA

Miami: at Pittsburgh, 7:30 Sept. 23. TV: ESPN

USF: vs. Western Kentucky, 7 Sept. 25. TV: BHSN

Sluggish UF falls in polls again 09/12/10 [Last modified: Monday, September 13, 2010 1:20am]

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