People are down on the Gators. I get that. But most of the complaints from a little earlier in the season no longer apply. This isn’t about coaching or play-calling or playing with passion and effort. It’s about the Gators now having far too few players left to successfully compete in the SEC. Suspensions and injuries are what ultimately have killed this season.
I think we all have a good idea how Saturday’s game at South Carolina is going to play out. The Gamecocks will jump on the Gators early and by halftime we’re going to know what the outcome is going to be — another bad loss for Florida.
If the Gators can’t stay on the field with Missouri, how do they expect to do so against a team that beat the Tigers by 18 points on the road earlier in the season?
Here’s one quick side prediction: South Carolina’s running backs will have a huge day in the passing game, because Florida’s linebackers are too slow to cover backs out of the backfield. We saw that over and over in the losses to Georgia and Missouri.
Here’s another prediction: Carolina’s struggling offense, which is even less productive than UF’s, will pull out of its slump thanks to a Florida defense that seems in full retreat.
Just like the losses to Georgia and Missouri, this game is going to be hard to watch. The outmanned Gators, with only 56 scholarship players, will play with more effort this week, but the outcome will be the same.
It’s all about the players. The Gators simply don’t have enough to win an SEC road game.
Prediction: South Carolina 35, Florida 10.