Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC NOTEBOOK; UF Happy with Expectations

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC NOTEBOOK; UF Happy with Expectations

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Urban Meyer first noticed it in the locker room after Florida's 23-13 victory over Tennessee.

The Gators were happy to get the victory, but not satisfied. They felt they hadn't played well and made the game harder than it needed to be.

Many fans felt the same way. They wanted a blowout as payback for the comments UT coach Lane Kiffin had made about Meyer and the program.

Meyer saw it again in the locker room after UF's 23-20 victory over Arkansas last Saturday. The expectations - from outside and from within - made the victory seem hollow. And Meyer loves it.

"There's a lot of pressure on this team to perform at a very high level," Meyer said. "There's a lot of pressure on these coaches, on the trainers, on the weight coaches, on the secretaries, on everybody associated with our program. A lot of pressure to live up to the high level that's expected amongst them.

"That's really the great thing about being at a place like Florida. The extremely high expectations where you've got to play that perfect game."

Meyer likes those sky-high expectations because that keeps the players and coaches from becoming complacent. It makes them work harder. It fuels their drive to be better. It's the difference between good programs and elite programs.

Sometimes, though, that means feeling disappointed with victories.


It looks like Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is moving his office.

Bobo left the press box and coached from the field in the Bulldogs' 34-10 victory over Vanderbilt last Saturday, and the Bulldogs' offense was so productive that it could become a permanent change.

The Bulldogs finished with 399 yards and the 34 points were the most they scored since beating Arkansas 52-41 on Sept. 19.

Georgia hadn't scored more than 20 points in the three previous games.

"He wanted to help light the fire," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. " ... He definitely had a lot of energy and spirit. …

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