ESPN College Gameday is in Gainesville with the crew set up outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for Saturday’s match up with South Carolina. Tomorrow will mark the 35th time that Florida has been featured on the show, the most in history.
With control of the SEC East likely on the line tomorrow, the Gameday crew has a lot to talk about. ESPN 850/900 had the chance to sit down with the hosts to discuss tomorrow’s game.
Kirk Herbstreit had his doubts about Florida early in the season, but with the emergence of the SEC’s leading rusher, Mike Gillislee, he admits the shape of the Gators offense has changed.
Gillislee did his part last week, handling the brunt of Florida’s carries, but was outdone by his signal caller. Quarterback Jeff Driskel has shown off his wheels this season, rushing against Vanderbilt for 177 yards and three touchdowns.
Herbstreit went on to say that offensive coordinator Brent Pease is responsible for the new look of Florida’s offense.
Despite the 6-0 record, Florida has had its share of offensive struggles this season, namely in the first two quarters. With the slow starts, the Gators have earned a reputation as a second half team this season.
Chris Fowler admits that, during the first half of the Texas A&M game earlier in the season, the Gators did not impress.
But, as Fowler points out, the Gators have the ability to pull themselves together at the half. Now, at mid-October, the Florida football team is is 5-0 in the SEC, ranked second in the inaugural BCS standings last Sunday.
College Gameday will air on ESPNU at 9am tomorrow morning, then switching over to ESPN at 10am.
Tune into ESPN Radio 850/900 tomorrow to hear the Gators host the Gamecocks, with pregame coverage starting at 12:30pm.