Andreu’s Analysis: It’s never easy for Gators

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Florida's offensive line will have to account for South Carolina defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

 For Florida fans, it must have been fun and refreshing watching the offense move up and down the field in Baton Rouge last Saturday night. Against a large, loud and hostile crowd, quarterback Kyle Trask and the Gators were poised, composed and efficient, especially in the passing game.

 Those expecting a similar offensive show from the Gators in Columbia on Saturday are going to be disappointed. The offense is going to struggle against a fast, physical South Carolina defense that pretty much wrecked a potent Georgia offense last Saturday. The Gamecocks forced four turnovers, gave up no first downs during two overtime periods and held the Bulldogs to just 17 points. Oh, yeah, and they also made veteran quarterback Jake Fromm look like a lost freshman at times. 

 So, the Gators are going to have a difficult time with this USC defense, and it starts where it always does, up front. The Florida offensive line is going to have all kinds of problems with defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw and the USC defensive front. There will be no ground game, as usual, and the Gamecocks will then try to get all over Trask with the pass rush, just like they did to Fromm.

 This is going to be a defensive struggle throughout. And if the Gators are without defensive ends Jon Greenard and Jabari Zuniga (and I think they will be), that’s going to be a big problem, just like it was against LSU.

 This is going to be a low-scoring game that is going to be in doubt throughout. 

 It’s never easy.

 But the Gators are going to be just a little bit better on both sides of the ball and find a way to escape Columbia with a victory that keeps them in control of their own destiny in the SEC East race.

 Prediction: Florida 21, South Carolina 18.

7 COMMENTS

  1. What will Robbie have to say about the shiny, new Gator passing game IF it successfully moves up and down the field tomorrow the way it did last Saturday night in Baton Rouge?

    My concern with the Gator O’s performance is what we saw in the 2nd half, once they reached the LSU red zone. I don’t expect much difference tomorrow, not with our OL vs. USCe’s DL.

    Hopefully, Greenard will get to play. The Gator D need his leadership more than Zuniga’s pass rushing prowess. That said, we have NOTHING to fear from USCe’s O.

    GO GATORS!!!

  2. “The offense is going to struggle against a fast, physical South Carolina defense that pretty much wrecked a potent Georgia offense last Saturday.” Big difference, Ga’s offense is based of the running game. Ours is passing. Ga was made one sided and couldnt get it done with just a passing game, UF? we have no running game and ARE getting it done with just a passing game against some of the best teams in the nation. Our Qb is better than ga’s!

  3. Well then if SC is that good then why aren’t they undefeated? Sc is NOT LSU and neither is the crowd. We got our first loss last week and it can’t feel good to the players. I think they will be ready to play no matter who is suiting up. SC beat Georgia. They are confident. Perhaps overconfident. Every year a team beats/upsets somebody ranked. Kentucky beat us last year. Who had the better season. Kentucky or Florida? I trust the coaching staff to have a good game plan and Florida won’t be intimidated on the road. The players are getting it together and I say UF 38 Chickens 13. GO Gators!

    • Chickens! LOL!!!

      Before we get all worked up about that vaunted “Chickens” D, UGA got 468 YDS of total offense last week against them, including 295 YDS passing! And they did THAT while completing ZERO passes to their TEs!!! Can you imagine what Kyle Pitts will do vs. the soft middle of that “Chickens” D?

      UGA LOST that game because they turned the ball over 4 times and missed 2 of 3 FGs. IF the Gator O avoids turnovers, the W will come, if for no other reason than our kicker won’t miss FG attempts.

      GO GATORS!!!