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Written by Nick de la Torre, July 30, 2015, 1 Comment,
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By: Jacob Benson

Now that we have looked at what games are crucial for the Florida Gators to  perform well in for 2015, here are some games that are out of the Gators’ control, but still very important. The results of these games could help to shape the perception of Florida’s season, without the players ever even having to lace up.

 

1) Oct. 10 Miami at Florida State

Either way this game unfolds, Gator fans should look at the result as a win. If Florida State defeats the Hurricanes as expected, Miami fans may whip into a frenzy. This will put Al Golden even more firmly on the hot seat in spite of the university’s massive financial loss that would involve firing him. In addition, with Florida in on so many South Florida recruits, this would help to bolster the 2016 class. Should Miami win, Florida State’s image in the state would be slightly degraded, and the Gators should be much more confident heading into the end of the season that a win against their rival is not far out of reach.

 

2) Oct. 3 South Carolina at Missouri

Another game that the Gators should keep their eyes on is in Columbia, Missouri, just a week before the Miami vs. Florida State matchup. This is the week before Florida travels to play Mizzou, and if the Tigers fall to Spurrier and company, the stadium should be substantially more deflated than it normally would be. In this scenario, a Gators win following up a South Carolina win would all but guarantee the Gators at least third place in the East. A Missouri win, on the other hand, would make the next week’s game much harder for McElwain, but would essentially signal the end of an era for Spurrier at South Carolina. In essence, whichever team loses may not have what it takes to beat Florida later in the year.

3) Oklahoma at Tennessee

This game should provide Florida fans at a prime time look at if they can expect to extend their 10-year win streak over the Vols. If the game goes as it did last year, Florida should feel pretty good about their chances. A Volunteer blowout win could signal Florida being in a race for third place in the East, and separate Butch Jones’ team from the pack. A close score should leave things as murky as they are now. Pay special attention to how Joshua Dobbs plays against a solid defense, as it will give an indication if he is close to ready to play against an elite one like Florida.

  1. showmeJuly 30, 2015, 12:07 pm

    I agree with your first and third games. Although I think it’s a crime that UF doesn’t play Miami. If you ask the players on the current roster who they would like to play, I’d bet Miami would be at the top of the list. As for Tennessee-Oklahoma, I think Oklahoma will again obliterate them and the false swagger they have coming into the season will vanish. I just don’t think Tennessee is yet ready to play with the big boys. I think they are similar to FSU when they played Oklahoma at the beginning of Fisher’s tenure. Oklahoma easily whipped FSU, that like Tennessee had great recruiting, but the great recruits were still underclassmen. Who knows what that will mean for the UT-UF game, as we have not a clue about the Gators, but I think the hype over Tennessee will have ended and their players will have learned they have a long way to go to be an upper echelon team.

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Print Friendly

By: Jacob Benson

Now that we have looked at what games are crucial for the Florida Gators to  perform well in for 2015, here are some games that are out of the Gators’ control, but still very important. The results of these games could help to shape the perception of Florida’s season, without the players ever even having to lace up.

 

1) Oct. 10 Miami at Florida State

Either way this game unfolds, Gator fans should look at the result as a win. If Florida State defeats the Hurricanes as expected, Miami fans may whip into a frenzy. This will put Al Golden even more firmly on the hot seat in spite of the university’s massive financial loss that would involve firing him. In addition, with Florida in on so many South Florida recruits, this would help to bolster the 2016 class. Should Miami win, Florida State’s image in the state would be slightly degraded, and the Gators should be much more confident heading into the end of the season that a win against their rival is not far out of reach.

 

2) Oct. 3 South Carolina at Missouri

Another game that the Gators should keep their eyes on is in Columbia, Missouri, just a week before the Miami vs. Florida State matchup. This is the week before Florida travels to play Mizzou, and if the Tigers fall to Spurrier and company, the stadium should be substantially more deflated than it normally would be. In this scenario, a Gators win following up a South Carolina win would all but guarantee the Gators at least third place in the East. A Missouri win, on the other hand, would make the next week’s game much harder for McElwain, but would essentially signal the end of an era for Spurrier at South Carolina. In essence, whichever team loses may not have what it takes to beat Florida later in the year.

3) Oklahoma at Tennessee

This game should provide Florida fans at a prime time look at if they can expect to extend their 10-year win streak over the Vols. If the game goes as it did last year, Florida should feel pretty good about their chances. A Volunteer blowout win could signal Florida being in a race for third place in the East, and separate Butch Jones’ team from the pack. A close score should leave things as murky as they are now. Pay special attention to how Joshua Dobbs plays against a solid defense, as it will give an indication if he is close to ready to play against an elite one like Florida.

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