Colorado State at Florida: Today’s storylines

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Florida head coach Dan Mullen. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Today

Who: Colorado State (1-2) vs. Florida (1-1)

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

TV: SEC Network

Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850

Tickets: Visit FloridaGators.com.

The Vegas line: Florida by 20

Rams on a roll

Colorado State may be 1-2 (including a blowout loss to state rival Colorado), but the Rams come to Gainesville on a red-hot streak they started in the second half at Arkansas last Saturday. Down 27-9 midway through the third quarter, the Rams got on an incredible roll, outscoring the Razorbacks 25-0 over the remainder of the game to pick up the surprising win against an SEC school. During that span, the Rams outgained the Hogs 265-44. So, the Gators, who come in limping after a home loss to Kentucky, will face a Colorado State team that is on a roll and brimming with confidence.

A Vol before the Vols

A week before traveling to Knoxville to take on the Volunteers, the Gators have to contend with a former Vol today. A dangerous one at that. UT transfer Preston Williams is having a huge early impact at wide receiver for the Rams. He’s fourth in the FBS in receptions per game (9.0). He’s caught four touchdown passes and is averaging 130.3 receiving yards a game. He was a beast against Arkansas last Saturday, catching 12 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. “They move him around to make sure they can get him the football,” UF coach Dan Mullen said. “He’s a great player, an excellent talent.”

Time to toughen up

The Gator goal coming out of the loss to Kentucky is to start playing with more toughness and passion. The coaches tried to set the tone on the practice field with practices that have been much tougher than earlier in the season, according to the players. Mullen said there’s been no resistance from the players so far. But, still, can you actually get tougher in just one week of practice? This might take a while, at least the toughness part. But there’s no excuse for not playing with more passion. This is a team that’s supposed to play with relentless effort, and it just wasn’t there a week ago. Mullen is expecting to see it today.

Today’s game questions

• How will Florida’s depleted secondary hold up against a potent Colorado State passing game?

• Will the Gators lose both lines of scrimmage again?

• Can Feleipe Franks take advantage of a Colorado State defense that has been burned in the passing game?

• Will defensive end/outside linebacker Cece Jefferson have an impact in his return from a two-game suspension?

• How flat will The Swamp be coming off the loss to Kentucky?

Click back Monday for Andreu’s answers

Andreu’s pick

Florida 31, Colorado State 30

(Season record: 1-1)

KEY MATCHUP

Florida’s pass defense vs. Colorado State quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels:

This is a matchup that has the potential to turn into a mismatch in the Rams’ favor. Florida’s already thin secondary is now without its best player — cornerback Marco Wilson. And his replacement is true freshman Trey Dean III, who struggled at times in the loss to Kentucky. Dean and the super-thin back end are facing a severe test from Carta-Samuels, a graduate transfer from Washington. He’s been a big hit with his new team. He’s fifth in the FBS in passing yards per game (367.3) and he’s coming off a game in which he completed 22 of 27 passes for 291 yards — and that was just in the second half in the Rams’ remarkable comeback win over Arkansas. It could be a tough afternoon for the secondary and UF’s struggling defense.

17 COMMENTS

    • Are we really THAT bad? First, the Vegas line is Gators by 20. Second, you question whether or not the team can “toughen up” in only a week. I admire you for your honesty, Robbie — always have. But what you’re really telling us, in your opinion, this team is really, really, no question about it, all over but the cryin’, off the chains, BAD. Almost the worst that’s ever been BAD. OK, got it. I didn’t know that, I just thought we had a lot to work on, but had the right coach.

      So based on your assessment and prediction, the answers to today’s game questions must be:
      1) It won’t
      2) Yes
      3) No
      4) No
      5) Very

      But somehow we pull the winning point out of somewhere yet to be determined. Have I got this right?

  1. Favored by 20.5 and Andreu predicts a one-point victory? What?! He must know something that we don’t know or Las Vegas doesn’t know?

    The Gators cannot be that pitiful! If McElmullen loses this game, the heat should be close to unbearable. Don’t even see a miniscule possibility they get beat tonight. If…if they do get beat, McElmullen should be run out of town.

  2. This is typical Robbie after the Gators let him down. He wants them to win but picks them to barely win or lose just to satisfy his inward hurt.

    Also, regarding the Ram’s game against Arkansas last week, I wouldn’t exactly call half a game a “red-hot streak”. Wow, they actually played great football for almost an entire 2nd half, but they are RED HOT!!! watch out! sensationalism at its’ best.

    Go Gators! and may you prove Robbie wrong, please…

  3. Gators win by a field goal. UF cruises to a comfy lead in the first half. CSU storms back in the second half only to fall short by a field goal with the refs botching the call yet again because the sun was in his eye.

  4. I predict Stonehands the fullback finally catches a pass. Other than that I would be very pleased to see some passion from the team this week and some sense of team. So disappointed last week to see the online express total contempt for tHeir team mates by sleep walking through the game letting the RBs and QB get hammered.

  5. This will be a true test for the coaching staff to turn it around. They need to put a fire under the players. I don’t want to hear the same excuses that we heard from McElwein and his players last year. If we do then it’s a personnel problem too. Gators 28 CSU 14 , I hope