GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Well, the closest we have gotten to the Florida “new look offense” so far, was watching Jeff Driskel warming up with his receivers approximately 30 minutes before the storms rolled into Gainesville.
I was there. I experienced what felt like nothing would allow the Gators to put the past behind them. Valdez “Showers” ironically in a heavy shower ran back the opening kick-off 64 yards. And then the night was over.
While Eastern Michigan was busy bludgeoning concrete cinderblocks with a sledgehammer in their opener, Florida was busy dodging lightning and tropical storm type torrential downpours.
So… Here we are.
I fully expect Florida to come out fired up like never before. The players are hungry and ready to play. According to Gators QB Jeff Driskel, the first play of the game against Idaho was supposed to be an off-tackle run by Matt Jones. This time, I think you will see a play action deep ball on the first offensive play. The Eastern Michigan defense is bad, really bad. EMU struggled to beat FCS foe Morgan State of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference last week. Morgan State put up almost 500 yards of offense on EMU’s defense and it took a blocked punt for the Eagles to pull out the win against Morgan State.
If there is a game under Will Muschamp where the Gators offense can score 50 points, this is that game. Muschamp told the media to expect the young guys to get plenty of playing time. True freshman Treon Harris will play quite a bit in this game.
Eastern Michigan’s offense is formidable. They are a run heavy team that features multiple backs. EMU will most likely rotate between Reginald Bell Jr. and Brogan Roback at quarterback.
I expect this game to be as ugly as the field was last Saturday night.
Gators win 45-7