Last week we didn’t even bother to predict a score because the game with Charleston Southern was not going to be the least bit competitive, and it wasn’t. Florida basically lined up in simple sets offensively and defensively and overwhelmed the Buccaneers with superior talent and depth.
Troy, of course, also comes into The Swamp on Saturday as a huge underdog. But this will be a much different game than a week ago. For one, the Trojans have played well against elite competition in the past and will compete against Florida. They almost upsetLSU last season and made Ohio State sweat out a 28-10 game in Columbus a year ago, so the Gators will be physically tested in this game.
Urban Meyer said earlier this week that Troy has more NFL prospects than some of the SEC teams UF will face this season. The Trojans’ defensive front seven is fast and physical, and the secondary has lots of speed. Troy’s wide-open passing offense will challenge the Florida secondary.
Troy lost at Bowling Green a week ago, giving up more than 330 yards passing in a 31-14 game. Clearly, the Trojans were looking ahead to their date in The Swamp. This is the game they’ve been planning for and looking forward to all summer, soUF will get Troy’s best shot.
It won’t be good enough. But at least the Gators will get tested in this one, and we will start seeing what this Florida team is going to look like because the simple approach will not be in place this week. Charlie Strong’s defense will get back to blitzing and stunting, and the offense will break out all those formations they didn’t show in the opener.
This is a game that will start getting the Gators ready for SEC next week against Tennessee.
Prediction: Florida 45, Troy 10.