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Sunshine Seven Week 2:Coach McElwain Seeing Red

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Each week The State of The U reviews how the state of Florida's division 1A programs fared in their weekend match up. Who will be the big movers and shakers from week to week? Check out the article below.

Mount McElwain erupted last weekend. Seismic activity detected afterwards.
Mount McElwain erupted last weekend. Seismic activity detected afterwards.
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Opening Thoughts

UCF Seeing Red After Stanford Cardinal Lay Beat Down

Well, this season could potentially spin out of control for George O'Leary and the Knights after this latest setback. The Knights went to Stanford Stadium and not only got beat 31-7 but also lost their starting quarterback Justin Holman on the first drive to an injury to his throwing hand. The injury is prognosticated to keep him out two to four weeks. The Knights play 1AA opponent Furman next and then play an unpredictable South Carolina team in Columbia. If UCF envisions itself getting a top flight bowl game, they need to pull out victories the next two weeks.

Miami and FSU Win with Talent over FAU and USF

Neither of the top flight programs in the state played particularly well in week 2. Miami was lackluster until they went on a 24-3 run in the second half of their nationally televised game Friday night. The Noles simply decided to take the ball out of quarterback Everett Golson's hands and shovel it to running back Dalvin Cook in the second half against USF. Cook ended the game with 30 carries for 266 yards and three touchdowns. As a Nole fan it's not panic mode just yet because the defense is playing well but you do have to wonder what the offensive game plan is moving forward against higher quality opponents.

Florida Gets Win, McElwain Furious Over On-field Discipline

I said it in the preview of the Sunshine Seven: McElwain is the right man for the job but he has a lot of work to do to clean up the program. The Gators beat the ECU Pirates 31-24 but didn't do so in a convincing or professional manor which left McElwain "embarrassed" and furious at the players. He told the media after the game that he could see the lack luster effort coming due to almost 30 players showing up earlier in the week to practice not physically ready to compete (did not have wrapped ankles, etc.). During the actual contest Florida at one point was flagged for two personal fouls due to a throat slash motion made by starting running back Kelvin Taylor after a touchdown celebration.

Besides the undisciplined play, the quarterback situation has yet to be resolved. Earlier in the week the pro style favoring Will Grier was named the starter but in the fourth quarter he was pulled in favor for the option read style of Treon Harris. Harris led the Gators to a few scoring drives to ice the game in the waning moments so it looks like Florida maybe back to square one when it comes to who starts next week versus Kentucky.

FAU and USF Try to Give the Big Dogs a Run For Their Money but Come Up Short

On the flip side of the coin with Miami and FSU, USF and FAU have to be relatively encouraged by the results last week. FAU, playing in front of their largest and most rabid home crowd ever gave Miami a run for their money throughout the entire game but were undone by injuries to both their starting quarterback and running back as well as by giving up five turnovers on the night. USF may have found their groove on offense with both their starting quarterback Quinton "Wanky" Flowers and their starting running back Marlon Mack both combining for 32 carries and 121 yards. Not the greatest combined numbers but against a stout defense, not a bad result.

FIU Fizzle's Out After Interception Return For Touchdown Dooms Late Comeback

The Golden Panthers had every opportunity to win against Indiana. They led 7-0 after the first quarter and 14-13 at half but couldn't hold on for the victory in the second half, losing 36-22. What makes this game more disappointing is that they may be without their starting Quarterback Alex McGough (currently listed as doubtful for Saturday) due to a concussion. If he McGough cannot play then look for backup Trey Anderson to step into the starting role. The Golden Panthers have a possible reprieve next week as they play 1AA North Carolina Central. The key word is "possible" because FIU last year struggled against 1AA opponents.

Sunshine Seven Ranks

1- Miami: 2-0, 0-0

Next Week's Opponent: Nebraska

Last Week's Opponent: @FAU , Won 44-20

2- Florida State: 2-0, 0-0

Next Week's Opponent: @BC

Last Week's Opponent: USF, Won 34-14

3- Florida: 2-0, 0-0

Next Week's Opponent: @Kentucky

Last Week's Opponent: ECU, Won 31-24

4- South Florida: 1-1, 0-0

Next Week's Opponent: @MD

Last Week's Opponent: @FSU, Lost 34-14

5- Florida International University: 1-1, 0-0

Next Week's Opponent: NCCU

Last Week's Opponent: @Indiana, Lost 36-22

6- Florida Atlantic University: 0-2, 0-0

Next Week's Opponent: Buffalo

Last Week's Opponent: Miami, Lost 44-20

7- Central Florida 0-2, 0-0

Next Week's Opponent: Furman

Last Week's Opponent: @Stanford, Lost 31-7

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