Florida Gators vs North Texas
Preview for Florida Gators vs North Texas Mean Green. The Florida Gators (2-0) will take on the North Texas Mean Green (1-1) after a convincing 45-7 win versus the Kentucky Wildcats last Saturday. The 23rd ranked Gators come into this game with a lot of confidence and swagger, after their convincing victory over Kentucky Wildcats this past Saturday. It is hard not to look past this game and already be thinking about the Tennessee Volunteers, since last year’s game was a classic and the rivals always circle this game before the season. For the Gators, they need to be focused on North Texas and not Tennessee next week. For North Texas, have fun playing at the Swamp, probably get your butt whipped and leave for home with a nice paycheck from the University of Florida football program.
The Gators will be missing starting right guard, Tyler Jordan, due to an eye injury and he will be replaced by either Fred Johnson or Richerd Desir-Jones. When Fred Johnson is playing at RG then, true freshman, Jawaan Taylor will come in and play at the right tackle position. In bigger news, standout wide receiver, Antonio Callaway, was listed as doubtful on Wednesday as he is dealing with a quad injury.
This does not seem to be serious. We should let him sit out this game as Florida will need him to be 100% versus Tennessee. If Callaway is out for Saturday’s game, then that will give some of the true freshman like Freddie Swain, Josh “Hot Sauce” Hammond and Rick Wells some valuable playing time. True freshman WR, Tyrie Cleveland, is out for Saturday’s game. He has a hamstring injury but, is expected to be ready for the Volunteer game. That is all to report for injuries.
Big Focus On The Running Game
The Gators’ offense should be explosive like they were against the Wildcats’ this past Saturday. Expect a big focus on the running game, since the Mean Green defense struggles heavily with the run. Lamical Perine, Jordan Scarlett, Mark Thompson and Jordan Cronkrite should all get a lot of playing until one of these running backs has the hot hand. If the Gators’ running back plays well, the Gators’ offense will have the opportunity for some explosive plays. The offensive line must continue to play well like they did against Kentucky. Luke Del Rio should have himself a nice game. Don’t expect another 300-yard game, as the Gators will most likely run the ball more often than usual.
The Florida defense should have a field day with this North Texas offense. The North Texas Mean Green will start freshman quarterback, Mason Fine. The Mean Green will also use the graduate transfer from Alabama, Alec Morris. North Texas is expected to use the two-quarterback system. That said North Texas’ bread and butter, on offense, is their running game. North Texas has a good trio of RB’s, but they have not faced a defense like the Gators. The only thing the Gators can do to make this game hard on themselves. That is if they continue to get into penalty troubles and do not score touchdowns in the red zone. Coach Jim McElwain says that he wants his kicker, Eddy Pineiro, to only kick PATs come Saturday night.
5 Things to Expect Saturday Night
- Florida’s running backs to rush for 200+ yards.
- Freddie Swain and Josh Hammond to be targeted more than usual.
- North Texas to rely on the running game.
- Florida’s defense to dominate North Texas’ offense
- Florida win the game by a large margin and be ready for the Tennessee Volunteers.