Daily Football Fix: Ole Miss presents some issues
The Daily Football Fix stops for a minute to smell the flowers in Oxford, Miss., to take a quick look at Florida's first opponent.
When the SEC announced its new schedule this summer and Florida found out it would open at Ole Miss, Gator fans pretty much shrugged.
No Grove tailgating. Few fans. A team that went 4-8 last year. OK, let's just play a game.
There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about opening a season with a conference opponent, even one who was so bad a year ago it fired its coach (it didn't help that Elijah Moore had a temporary moment of insanity).
So you're saying, "What? Me Worry?"
You should be worried: That Lane Kiffin is a terrific play caller. On the other hand, he hasn't been the head coach at a Power Five program in seven years and is trying to negotiate his first season without spring practice.
You should be worried: That Ole Miss was second in the SEC in rushing last year. But a lot of that was generated by quarterback Jon Rhys Plumlee and he missed the weekend scrimmage. All indications are the Rebels will go with Matt Corral, the former Florida commit, at quarterback.
You should be worried: That Ole Miss has two defensive coordinators and that one of them is D.J. Durkin, the former Florida coach. Of course, Ole Miss was 11th in the SEC in scoring defense last season and 12th in total defense and is really hurting at defensive tackle, so much so it's cross training offensive linemen to play there.
You should be worried: That it's the first game of the season and the team will have pregame meal at 7 a.m. local time. But it's like Steve Spurrier used to tell his team. Stay on Gainesville time. They have to play at 11 in the morning. You play at noon.