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
Florida 31, Colorado State 30
(Season record: 1-1)
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.