Week 2 saw the SEC's traditions upheld: Florida and Georgia defended the conference against new blood, and the West remained a 'Bama-LSU race. Meanwhile, the Pac-12 is looking like a deeper league than expected.
The No. 24 Florida Gators defense put the clamps on the Texas A&M Aggies in the second half as the Gators rallied from a 17-7 deficit to win their first SEC game, 20-17.
The Aggies offense was running all over the Gators in the first half but the defense clamped down starting in the third quarter. The Gators forced the Aggies to two quick 3-and-outs in the third quarter as they slowly started to whittle away the lead.
Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel connected with senior tight end Omarius Hines on a big 39-yard pass to set up a red-zone attempt to start the fourth quarter. The Gators converted as running back Mike Gillislee ran in his second touchdown of the day and the Gators took a 20-17 lead.
This was Texas A&M's first SEC game after the school departed from the Big-12 conference.
Box Score Hero: Running back Mike Gillislee kept the Gators in the game, rushing for 83 yards on 14 carries and scoring two touchdowns along the way.
Rankings Ramifications: Texas A&M was garnering a few votes in the polls but, with the loss, they are most likely going to be out of that conversation next week. With no real upset ahead of them, Florida will most likely remain around No. 24.
The Florida Gators defense is getting a bit battered at the moment as linebacker Neiron Ball, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, defensive lineman Shariff Floyd and safety Josh Evans have left the game against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second quarter.
Floyd was taken out of the game an injury to his left leg. Jenkins was removed with an injury the arm. Ball was removed after what appeared to be an injury to his right hamstring. Evans took a nasty shot to the head trying to make a tackle and went down hard.
The Gators defense is currently struggling a little bit as they are trailing the Aggies 17-7 in the second quarter. Obviously the injuries are not helping that cause at all.
GameDay is alive in College Station for the Florida-Texas A&M game, but the signs this week could use a little resuscitation. It's your first game in the SEC, Aggies, maybe you could've gig'em'd a little harder. (The exception, of course, is SB Nation blog Good Bull Hunting getting a 24-hour turnaround on the new logo, front and center.) This is big boy football now. In the meantime, let's look at a few, shall we?
You most certainly aren't. You're not that creative either.
Good Bull Hunting, SB Nation's just-launched Texas A&M Aggies blog, has already made the small screen on Saturday with an appearance on ESPN's College GameDay. College Station is hosting the show, which makes this no surprise:
Both the Florida-Texas A&M and Georgia-Missouri games can be boiled down to a single key each; and no, they aren't "old man football," "SEC SPEEEEEED" or the spread offense. Let's go a bit deeper than that.
A pro-Texas A&M billboard that appeared in Gainesville, Fla. on Tuesday morning has already been removed, according to a report from Erick Smith of USA Today.
The billboard caused quite a stir when it appears just miles from the University of Florida's campus. The Gators take on Texas A&M in the Aggies' first SEC game this Saturday.
Texas A&M quickly disassociated itself from the billboard, in a statement from school spokesman Jason Cook:
"This billboard was not placed by Texas A&M University, and it is certainly not reflective of how we have handled our transition into the SEC. We are investigating aggressively, as we believe that our institutional trademarks have been infringed upon. Texas A&M has tremendous respect for the University of Florida, and we look forward to hosting the Gators in our first SEC football game this weekend."
The billboard was replaced by a generic advertisement for the billboard's owner.