Before every game, veteran college football beat writer Robbie Andreu comes up with five pertinent questions and then answers them after the game. Here’s Week 11:
1.Who wins the battle of young quarterbacks? FSU true freshman James Blackman or UF redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks?
Well, let’s see, in the first half alone Franks lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, threw a pick-six and had an interception that led to another FSU touchdown. Then in the fourth quarter, he threw another interception that should have been a pick-six. So, basically, all Blackman had to do was show up and not self-destruct like his counterpart. And he did not. So, Blackman was clearly the better of the two young QBs, and it wasn’t even close. Whoever UF’s new coach turns out to be, he’s going to have a lot of work on his hands developing Franks.
2. Can the Gators establish a running game against a physical FSU front that will be anticipating the run?
Florida had a little bit going on in the running game at times, but it really didn’t amount to much or lead to much. It certainly wasn’t enough to keep the Gators out of obvious passing situations, which led to lots of bad things, especially for Franks, who had very little time in the pocket and was sacked five times and hit almost every time he went back to pass.
3. The UF receivers dropped multiple passes in the win over UAB a week ago. Will they atone this week?
Brandon Powell had a big Senior Day, catching nine passes for 75 yards and two touchdown passes, but he was the only receiver who was a factor Saturday. As has been the norm this season, the receivers had problems getting open. When they did get open, Franks did not see them or have time to find them. The result was another poor and unproductive performance by UF’s passing game. Again, lots of work for the new coach.
4. The Gators held UAB to three yards rushing a week ago. How will the run defense do against an improving FSU rushing attack?
UF’s run defense came up big again, stuffing the run for most of the game. But, understandably, the weary Gators got gashed some in the fourth quarter, giving up a 10-yard TD run to Jacques Patrick and another big run to Patrick that allowed the Seminoles to convert a third-and-14 that led to another touchdown. The run defense, and the UF defense in general, played well enough to keep the Gators in the game despite their erring offense.
5. The UF defense forced four turnovers against UAB. Can they create some more today?
The Gators created one, an interception by Duke Dawson on a tipped pass that led to UF’s first touchdown. They came up empty the rest of the game. The big problem was the Florida offense failed to take care of the ball. Actually, it wasn’t the offense, it was Franks, who was intercepted three times and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. His turnovers directly led to 28 points for the Seminoles. Those turnovers and resulting points were the difference in the game.
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