Florida vs. Auburn set for 3:30 p.m. kickoff

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Florida Gators enter the stadium Saturday during Gator Walk before the first home game of the season against UT-Martin at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

The Oct. 5 game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium between Auburn and Florida is set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and carried by CBS.

The Gators will host Auburn in The Swamp for the first time since 2007. The Tigers lead the all-time series (43-38-2), as Auburn defeated the Gators at home, 17-6, in their last meeting on Oct. 15, 2011. In addition, the Gators own a 67-26-2 record in Homecoming games all-time, including a 25-5 mark since 1989.

Florida plays in The Swamp again this Saturday, hosting Towson in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for a 4 p.m. kickoff on the SEC Network.

SEC television schedule for Saturday, Oct. 5:

  • Utah State at LSU, 12 p.m. ET on SEC Network
  • Auburn at Florida, 3:30 p.m. on CBS
  • Troy at Missouri, 4 p.m. on SEC Network
  • Georgia at Tennessee, 7 p.m. on ESPN
  • Vanderbilt at Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network

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    • We’re all holding our breath, Albert. If they improve just a little more, and Trask continues to show us how it’s done, there is no reason to lose this game. None.

      Unless we don’t have urgency and intensity, of course.

  1. TAMU was able to contain Auburn’s offense, with the exception of a long TD run, and the Gators should be, as well. Our DL needs to bow up and be strong against the run, as well as staying in their lanes to contain and pressure Nix. Need Zuniga and Henderson back. Also need to create some turnovers, which TAMU failed to do.

    The Gators probably won’t be able to line up and run the ball against Auburn, so I think CDM needs to get creative in order to scratch out enough of a ground threat to keep the Tigers’ D honest. I’m sure he’s got a plan for EJ, some jet sweeps, and maybe a surprise or two from Trask. If the OL can give Trask enough time to find Pitts and the other receivers over the middle, 10-15 yards downfield, the Gators can move the ball and score. Just protect the ball, and don’t have turnovers that give Auburn a short field.

    Nix has a couple of weeks to get better, but I think the Gator D can contain him. It’s too early for this, but give me UF 31-24.

    • Joe, the Auburn front 7 makes the Kentucky and Miami front 7s that shut down the Gator running game look like pikers by comparison. And their DL will put max pressure on Trask on passing downs. So, the key to winning this game lies with the Gator D exercising gap discipline and TACKLING!

      Some way, somehow, Gator LBs and DBs have to learn to wrap up ball carriers and TACKLE them by the time they face Gus Malzahn’s spread, multi-option offense. That will force Auburn’s freshman QB into must pass situations that will play to the Gator D’s strength.

      Just like in past Auburn games, turnovers and which team successfully runs on the other will decide this probably low scoring game.

      • I may be too optimistic in predicting 31 points, but they would’ve hit 40 against UK if not for the penalties that negated Feleipe’s two rushing TD’s. That was on the road, and since the Auburn game is not only at home, but Homecoming as well, I’m hoping the Gator O will be fired up and motivated to have it’s best game yet.

        I think CDM can figure out a way to run the ball just enough to make the offense work. I don’t think the Gators necessarily have to run for more yards, but they will need to have some success. I agree with you about the turnovers.

        My biggest concern is the Gators’ DL. They’re very good, but they’re built for rushing the passer, not stuffing the run. I’m concerned about whether they can be strong enough to limit the Tigers’ running game. They need to be able to hold their ground and not be pushed backwards, and the D as a whole needs to get off the field on 3rd downs.

        Still, I’m sticking with a prediction of a Homecoming win. Go Gators!