What better way to prepare for the next two SEC games than to be playing the Towson Tigers. Because the Gators are going to be fending off Tigers in the two weeks that follow — the Auburn Tigers and then the LSU Tigers.
This is kind of a way to ease into the Tiger taming business for the No. 9 Gators.
It should be a nice, relaxing day in The Swamp with a favorable result, of course. But be warned: these Tigers are a very good, very sound FCS team that rolls up lots of yards and points. The UF defense, which has given up only three points in the last five quarters, will be challenged — and will give up some plays.
Towson’s offense is potent enough to make the game interesting for at least a while, like maybe for almost two quarters. But this is a game where Kyle Trask and the improving UF offense should have a big, productive day against a Towson defense that has struggled against both the run and the pass, giving up 420 total yards a game to FCS opponents.
So, here’s my first prediction: the Gators will have a ground game in this one. At least they better. If they can’t run on these Tigers, they’ll have zero chance against the SEC Tigers coming up on the schedule.
UF’s goal each week is to show improvement. The Gators certainly should be able to do that in this one.
Prediction: Florida 51, Towson 20.