CJ Stroud casts shade on the lowly state of Florida Football

Appearing on The Pivot, Stroud didn't think highly of the Gators

Feb 1, 2024; Orlando, FL, USA;  Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) participates in the NFL
Feb 1, 2024; Orlando, FL, USA; Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) participates in the NFL / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

As much as we want to pump sunshine about Florida Football, any solid seasons the Gators have had in the last decade have been overshadowed by the unforgiving machines that Alabama and Georgia have been produced.

And given how quickly the sands of time shift, it shouldn't be a surprise how quickly people forget when Florida was the team to beat.

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Appearing on The Pivot alongside former Gators Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder, current Houston Texans and former Ohio State QB was talking about his time with the Buckeyes and how he struggled to overcome Michigan during his time there.

This led to an exchange where Florida caught a stray, as the kids would say.

There is a lot to unpack in this exchange.

First off, Taylor won a national title while at Florida and was a finalist for this year's Hall of Fame class. Stroud should study his history a bit more.

But his overarching point is reflective of how quickly programs can go from being the top dog to just another team.

To put it in perspective, Stroud was born in 2001, the final season of Steve Spurrier's tenure at UF. Stroud was five when Florida won the national title in 2006 against his very own Ohio State. He was seven years old when Tim Tebow and friends won the national title for the 2008 season. For as far as Stoud is concerned, Florida has never been a dominant power in the football world ever since he turned 10.

It's no different for those of us in our 30s how Nebraska was the dominant power when we were children but has been irrelevant ever since.

But leave it to former Gator coach Dan Mullen to point out that Ohio State and Florida have played in their respective conference title games as recently as each other.

He's got a great point Sting.