Each day this week, Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley will give you five things having to do with this Florida college football season to help you get through the summer. Each day they will be posted at Gatorsports.com at 5 p.m. Therefore, “Five at Five.”
Today: Florida’s five most important games in order.
- Miami: There may not be anything on the line in terms of conference championships or even a state title because both teams still have to play FSU. But with a week off after this game, it’s vital Florida wins it to keep the momentum going coming off last year’s 10-win season. And there is also a national audience with no other games to watch. Yes, the bragging rights are huge, especially considering Florida has lost seven of the last eight games, but this is about the present more than the past. I can’t see Florida having a big season without this win.
- Georgia: It’s pretty obvious why this is big. The Bulldogs have emerged as a national power and the Kings of the East, even if it’s only been for the last two seasons. You win this game, you are likely going to Atlanta and you get some added credibility with recruits.
- At Missouri: What? Yep, Mizzou has been a pain in Florida’s rear end since joining the league winning four of the last six and beating the Gators by at least 19 points in all four wins. Florida has to figure out a way to get fired up for the trip to Columbia, Mo., which certainly did not happen in last year’s 38-17 loss at home.This year it is the last conference game of the season and is followed by a bye week. Should be interesting.
- Auburn: Remember when Florida and Auburn were big rivals? This is big for a number of reasons and none of them have to do with the fact that it is Homecoming. Nobody is sure how good the Tigers will be, but at home it will be a crucial game for Florida’s SEC hopes.
- At LSU: The series has been skewed by each team playing two straight home games, but we know this game will come down to the wire because it seems to happen lately. Dan Mullen only won once in Baton Rouge while at Mississippi State.