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Saturday Selection: Florida-Georgia Southern thread

GAINESVILLE -- Good afternoon, Gator faithful. It’s a beautiful day here in The Swamp, but I’m not sure how many Florida fans will be here to see the Gator tangle with Georgia Southern.

IMG_0107(student section under five minutes until kickoff)

The Gators (4-6) hope to snap their five-game losing skid, while the Eagles (6-4) want to end their season on a high-note, beating an SEC team for the first time in school history.

Don’t blink or the game might be over before you know it. I expect lots and lots (and lots and lots) of running today. 

Tyler Murphy again "warmed up" but it was a workout consisting of just footwork drills and dropbacks. He did zero throwing, so expect Skyler Mornhinweg to make his second-career start.  

My pregame teaser… 

GAINESVILLE -- Losers of five straight, Florida isn’t overlooking any team, even a Football Championship Subdivision foe 0-9 all-time versus Southeastern Conference schools.

The Gators (4-6) square off against Georgia Southern (6-4) today at 2 p.m. (pay-per-view) in The Swamp, a matchup featuring two injury-depleted rosters and a whole lot of running. 

The Eagles stroll into Gainesville with their prolific triple-option attack, while Florida appears poised to start its third-string quarterback, Skyler Mornhinweg, for a second-straight week.

There will be no looking ahead to archrival No. 2 Florida State.

“If you don’t come out prepared and ready to play you can lose to anybody. We lost to Vanderbilt. We hadn’t lost to Vanderbilt in 20-something years,” junior linebacker Michael Taylor said.  “Any team is capable of losing on any day. I know this team put up 352 yards on [Georgia] last year, so this is no team to push aside. This is a team to be prepared for.”

Georgia Southern’s dynamic and efficient rushing offense (353.3 yards per game) presents a unique challenge for an already teetering UF rush defense.

The Eagles’ traditional dive-oriented triple option is alien to most Gator players.

“It’s a total technique change,” defensive tackle Leon Orr said. “It’s all about focus, when it comes down to it. It’s something our defense gotta hone in on and be able to focus on your role. …It’ll be something of a challenge for us, but at the end of the day we ain’t got no choice but to get it done.”

Twelve different players have scored at least one rushing touchdown for the Eagles this season, and their offense also averages nearly 19 yards a competition. …”

***** UPDATE *****

Couple pregame announcements: Mornhinweg will start, while UF also announced defensive end Jon Bullard is OUT with an undisclosed injury and freshman wideout Demarcus Robinson is suspended for the remainder of the season (2 games) for violating undisclosed team rules. Remember (in the preseason) when I said Robinson could be more George Farmer than Stefon Diggs? What a disappointing freshman campaign for such a talented prospect. 

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Scoreboard: 39-23-2 ATS, 5-5 selecting Florida games 

This week’s six-pack

Missouri (-2) at Ole Miss

Clemson (-42) vs. Citadel

Idaho (+57) at FSU

LSU (-3.5) vs. Texas A&M

Oklahoma State (+9) vs. Baylor

And finally, Georgia Southern (+28) at Florida. The Gators SHOULD snap their long losing streak, but I have little faith this team can actually cover 28 points against a triple-option attack (i.e. very, very quick game) with a third-string quarterback. Motivation will be another interesting storyline to watch too -- despite the normal weekly game-by-game platitudes expressed during the week.

Enjoy the weekend, everybody.

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No bowl game thanks to the mighty Georgia Southern Eagles.

You'll always have that Sugar Bowl blowout to recollect on now that you're completely irrelevant.

Sucks to be U(Fuqs)

I don't care what the U's fans say. We can't say anything. How could this man loose o GSU at home? The recruiting base? We will be lucky to keep half of them. This reminds me when UMic lost to ASU a few years back. They still haven't recovered. It's gonna take UF a long time to get back. The Gators will be the latest big name program that will be kicked around by everybody's fans from around the country. We don't have a leg to stand on. The things they are going to say about us is going to last for years. I don't make any choices for UF, but if I did, The coach has got to go. Even UM at their lowest point was better. The lst time they lost to a school like that was FAMU. The keep playing them to get the bitter taste out of their mouth to make up for that one loss. Gear up my Gator fans, we are in for a long ride.

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Way to go Gayturds!

Pwned! The swamp is more like a big ole kiddie pool.

Georgia southern owns physically owned the gators. Lmao

Noles could beat the Alligators 100-0 soon

Maybe Muschamp could hire DiNofrio after the season.

Wow...not sure how the gators can fall this low. Way to go, defense. Supposed to be one of the strongest in the SEC. See ya next week.

Did Georgia southern cover?

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Easy Moron, don't get all wet for nothing.
Funny thing is DoNofrio will still be your DC next year and you will be the same you are today, mediocre.
We are pathetic and pathetic forces change. Mediocre stays mediocre. You should know you have been so for over a decade.
Looking forward to an offseason of change and a new beginning next year.
GO GATORS!!

Change? Your few players are leaving and no recruits coming. Noone wants to play for a .300 club.they are not exactly lining up for free rides.

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