The reluctant Florida Gators begun their season on the opposite side of the win column after a disappointing loss to the Michigan Wolverines last Saturday, Sept 2. Now the Gators must move on and focus on their home opener next weekend against the Northern-Colorado Bears.
LAST WEEKEND’S DEMISE
This non-conference game between the SEC and the Big Ten was the “big stage” for Michigan and Florida, as they both played in the AT&T Stadium for the first time.
Jim Harbaugh and his crew managed to embarrass the Gators 33-17, only allowing 192 yards of offense for the Gators and a field goal. The other 14 points were defensive interceptions that led to touchdowns. The Wolverines would end up scoring 20 unanswered points in the second half, securing their win.
SUSPENSIONS NO MORE
Although the Gators had a tough start to the season, their 10 suspended players that were out against Michigan will be available for the upcoming week.
Some of the suspended players are extremely vital to the offensive production, like: Antonio Callaway, James Robinson, Jordan Scarlett and Rick Wells.
Antonio Callaway was our leading receiver last season with 721 yards and three TDs, while Jordan Scarlett produced 889 yards with six TDs.
James Robinson has yet to even make a start for the team, yet again even a play a single minute. But his second marijuana possession charge and a heart issue has his own future with the organization looking fuzzy.
NORTHERN COLORADO BEARS
The Bears defeated the College of Idaho Yotes 41-14 in their season opener this past Saturday Sept 2. Northern Colorado is known to have a good offensive stretch in the first half, it was proven against the Yotes when they scored 28 unanswered points in the first quarter alone.
Their star QB Jacob Knipp had a great game, throwing for 238 yards and acquiring one touchdown for the Bears. Their junior RB Trae Riek rushed for 71 yards and three TDs helped seal the game for the Bears.
Furthermore, the Bears haven’t won a national title for D-II since 1997 and haven’t come close since.
GATORS V BEARS
The game will be scheduled to kickoff at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 8, at The Swamp for the Gators first home game of the season.
Jim McElwain hopes to overcome the mistakes he made in the previous game and come out with a necessary W to keep the team’s and fan’s hopes alive for the remainder of the season.