With Treon Harris suspended, Jeff Driskel faltering at quarterback and the wide receivers contributing basically nothing, it looks like the Florida offense has reverted back to its 2012 form, where they run the ball, don’t take any chances and let the defense and punter Kyle Christy control the game and the field position.
It may give the Gators a chance to win enough games to save Will Muschamp’s job (or maybe not), but how many fans are going to fall asleep or simply lose interest over the next five or six weeks?
Let’s face it, it’s hard to watch Driskel and the offense in their current state. He can’t execute it, and he’s getting no help from his receivers, who don’t seem to understand the concept of going out and making a play to help your quarterback.
Talking to Kurt Roper the other day, the amazing thing is Driskel apparently has not lost confidence despite his horrendous slump. That sounds good (or maybe clueless). But the big question now is how many of his teammates have lost confidence in him? It’s a touchy situation moving forward.
LSU, of course, is having its own issues, including some very sporadic play at quarterback and and a run defense that has been very vulnerable.
The Gators may find some hope in the fact the Tigers gave up 41 points at Auburn a week ago. But that game is no factor because the Gators don’t have the skill (or the production at quarterback) to put up a number anywhere close to that.
Let’s face it, if Driskel had stayed in for the entire Tennessee game, there’s a good chance the Gators would have been shut out instead of pulling out a 10-9 win behind Harris.
Driskel might feel more comfortable at home, but, of course, then there’s the risk of the fans turning on him if he continues to play like he has.
The Gators are good enough on defense and in special teams to win this game. But they just don’t have enough offense.
Prediction: LSU 21, Florida 12 (four field goals).