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Mailbag: Will Florida find an offense, soup power ranking

Because sometimes you get your mail late, here is this week’s mailbag a tad later than initially expected.

Our first question today is from Al, who submitted a question that was left unanswered on my Facebook page this week.

Will Florida manage to put an offense together at any point this year that can score points?

The short answer is, no, probably not. But maybe?And it’s not really anything to do with the suspensions either. I’m just not so sure Jim McElwain is the offensive mind Florida needs to find and develop guys that can make for a consistent offense. It begins at the quarterback position. Neither of the quarterbacks recruited in the Class of 2014 

I’m just not so sure Jim McElwain is the offensive mind Florida needs to find and develop guys that can make for a consistent offense. It begins at the quarterback position. Neither of the quarterbacks recruited in the Class of 2014 are even with the Gators this season. Will Grier is at West Virginia and Treon Harris is at Tennessee State. The Gators didn’t even sign a quarterback to a scholarship in 2015. Feleipe Franks sort of fell into the job by default and he may prove to be just fine. He better be, because it’s not as though the Gators have a stockpile of blue-chip quarterbacks chomping at the bit to get into the mix anytime too soon.

Here’s one from Twitter…

I think Illinois was lucky to get by Ball State last week and now faces a challenge from one of the more dynamic offenses in the Group of Five pack, Western Kentucky. My guess is the Hilltoppers are about to unleash their passing game a bit more this week after Mike White passed for 264 yards and a score against Eastern Kentucky last week. Illinois is sinking in the Big Ten and is ripe to go down at home against Western Kentucky. I suspect they will, sending the Conference USA contenders home with a win on a Big Ten field. It may just be a struggling Illinois, but WKU will gladly take it if they can earn it. 

Another from Twitter…

I think losing a game the way NC State did last week was a bit of an anomaly. You don’t hold teams down the way the Wolfpack did while piling up the yardage the offense do and lose games like that very often. In fact, it was historic to lose that way. That said, we saw a team that is capable of dominating a game but lack the ability to finish it off. That can come back to haunt a team again down the road, and with games against Florida State, Clemson, and Louisville still to play this season, the Wolfpack should be concerned about cutting down on mistakes if they are going to win any of those three games. Otherwise, 8-4 at best is only a small step forward in a year that could take two steps instead.

One more from Twitter…

Life ain’t fair, especially for BYU fans so far (I looked it up, and our question submitter here is a BYU fan). The Cougars are off to a rough start, which has honestly taken me by surprise. I expected them to be 1-1 after two games against Portland State and LSU, but I certainly had higher expectations for the offense that have far exceeded the production seen on the field so far. And with Utah on tap this weekend, it could get even more stressful for BYU fans unless they fix some things on offense right away.

Back to Facebook, where Torii asked…

What is your favorite soup?

I am not too picky when it comes to soup, but my favorite soup probably depends on the setting. In a restaurant, give me a good French onion soup. When I’m sick, you can’t go wrong with a bowl of chicken noodle. But when the weather starts to get colder and soup season is upon us, nothing beats a good cheese potato soup recipe. My mom has an awesome cheese soup recipe that some people mix beer in with, but if you take that and add some potato to it, then you have a winning combination.

Here are my top five soups:

  1. French Onion
  2. New England Clam Chowder
  3. Cheese and Vegetable
  4. Chicken Noodle
  5. Cream of Potato

Have any more questions? Send them to me on Twitter or Facebook and I’ll answer them as soon as possible. And be on the lookout for next week’s mailbag post!

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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