Florida seniors eye going out right way – Gatorsports.com


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Florida seniors eye going out right way
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That's not the Florida Gators and that's not what we represent.” Ivey and Jefferson came back, and now they're leaving the right way. Both have had productive senior seasons and both have played a role in helping Mullen turn around the program. When ...

How to watch UF football vs. Idaho: Gators’ scouting report – Orlando Sentinel (blog)


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How to watch UF football vs. Idaho: Gators' scouting report
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TV: ESPNU. Weather: 61 degrees, zero percent rain chance. Online: orlandosentinel.com/gators; @osgators on Twitter. Quick slant: Since the NCAA instituted a 12th game in 2006, UF is 10-1 in the November matchup with Football Championship Series foes, ...
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A look at Florida’s seniors playing final home game – 247Sports


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A look at Florida's seniors playing final home game
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The Florida Gators will have 20 football players take part in senior festivities on Saturday when the team hosts Idaho for the last home game of the season. The Swamp will be an emotional place for these young men who have spent their time at Florid ...

The Most Interesting Stats From The Gators First Three Games

With a week off between the win over La Salle to prepare for the Battle 4 Atlantis the Gators have a chance to evaluate what went on in their opening 3-game stint before looking for some resume-building wins in the Bahamas. I too will be taking some time to evaluate what went on and though […]

Swamp247 Honors Florida’s Seniors – 247Sports


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Swamp247 Honors Florida's Seniors
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The Florida Gators will have 20 football players take part in senior festivities on Saturday when the team hosts Idaho for the last home game of the season. The Swamp will be an emotional place for these young men who have spent their time at Florid ...
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Weekly Recon, Week 12: Who has it better than Florida? Few teams the Gators play – Alligator Army


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Weekly Recon, Week 12: Who has it better than Florida? Few teams the Gators play
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3 in S&P+ and with only UMass and Georgia Tech between them and a play-in game for the College Football Playoff. Maybe the primary difference between 2017 and 2018 Georgia is the degree of dominance: The 2017 Dawgs did more to flatten foes outside ...

Weekly Recon, Week 12: Who has it better than Florida?

Florida may have three losses, but the Gators are having better seasons than all but a couple of the teams on their schedule.

Previously:

I’ve been wanting to run a regular post scouting Florida’s opponents for years — and I really do mean years — but haven’t found the time or the format to do it. So I’m just going to suck it up and write it, call it Weekly Recon, and publish it Wednesdays.

This week, we’re ... pretending today is Wednesday! Again! And that I didn’t miss posting something like this last week!

Charleston Southern: 4-5; No. 210 in Sagarin; lost to Florida, 53-6

The Buccaneers have actually fallen off in Sagarin considerably since the last Weekly Recon despite winning a game. Losing 37-3 to a Monmouth team that sits just inside the top 200 of Sagarin will do that, even if the Bucs rebounded with a 16-0 shutout of Gardner-Webb last week.

Are the Buccaneers having a better season than Florida? Hell no.

Kentucky: 7-3, 5-3 SEC; No. 48 in S&P+; defeated Florida, 27-16

Since moving to 7-1 with a win over Missouri that required pulling an entire warren of rabbits out of the top hat piece from a game of Monopoly, Kentucky is 0-2 with losses to Georgia and Tennessee by 17 points each.

The loss to Georgia obviously makes sense: Georgia’s better, and has a functional offense. But losing to Tennessee, and in the fairly uncompetitive fashion Kentucky did, has to be a painful pill to swallow for the Wildcats, who have zero wins in Knoxville in my lifetime and trailed 17-0 to this Tennessee team few would say is even mediocre.

Kentucky’s best team in a decade finally got rid of one curse at Florida, sure, but the ‘Cats are so bad on offense that even games against Middle Tennessee State and Louisville are far from gimmes and unlikely to be blowouts. Is a season that included a top-10 ranking as successful if it ends with an 8-5 or 9-4 record?

Are the Wildcats having a better season than Florida? This is the toughest call of the bunch, I think, because Kentucky obviously beat Florida, but has foundered after getting as close to the mountaintop as Kentucky has since, like, Bear Bryant.

I think Kentucky fans are probably slightly more pleased with this season than Florida fans are with theirs, but it’s marginal — and it’s got to be a little depressing that an average good season for Florida and an all-time season for Kentucky don’t look so different.

Colorado State: 3-7, 2-4 Mountain West; No. 118 in S&P+; lost to Florida, 48-10

Many teams get better as their seasons progress. The Rams have not done so.

After scratching out wins over truly woeful San Jose State and merely bad New Mexico squads in early October, Colorado State’s last three games have been double-digit losses, with a 39-point squashing by Nevada last week coming after their second bye. The Rams, by virtue of playing Hawai’i in Hawai’i, were one of just a handful of teams to have two byes this year ... and they returned from their second one to lose by 39.

Also, head coach Mike Bobo shouldn’t even be running the dang ball, because Colorado State is No. 128 in Rushing S&P+, or third from last nationally.

Are the Rams having a better season than Florida? No.

Tennessee: 5-5, 3-4 SEC; No. 70 in S&P+; lost to Florida, 47-21

I’d like to congratulate Tennessee on being the team that Kentucky was playing when the Wildcats’ various lucky charms wore out entirely, and on inexplicably being only team other than Georgia to fully solve Kentucky’s run defense.

Tennessee also beat a very bad Charlotte team 14-3 two weeks ago, averaging under 20 yards a drive, punting seven times, and rushing for a not-a-misprint 20 yards on 26 carries with sacks included.

That same team would run for 217 yards on Kentucky a week later. And while I realize that on Kentucky is not a phrase that will impress anyone reading this for whatever reason in two years, these Wildcats are still No. 27 in Defensive Rushing S&P+ after being gutted by both Georgia and Tennessee, so that figure is genuinely impressive.

I’m not sure the Vols are, as a whole, but that was a good win.

Are the Vols having a better season than Florida? Nah. The wins over Auburn and Kentucky are nice, but both of those teams ended up being a bit overrated by virtue of the SEC being a bit overrated in a year with few genuinely good teams. Jeremy Pruitt has a couple of wins to point to as potential building blocks, but he’s got a ways to go to make Tennessee good, much less great.

Mississippi State: 6-4, 2-4 SEC; No. 19 in S&P+; lost to Florida, 13-6

No. 19 in S&P+ and .333 in conference play is a feat, isn’t it? Sipp State has had the misfortune of playing two of the East’s three beasts and having to play LSU and Alabama with a dysfunctional passing game, and yet it somehow hasn’t allowed 30 points in any game this year, and gave up more points to Kentucky than to Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Wins over Auburn and Texas A&M mark the Bulldogs as the SEC West’s clear No. 3 team, and 8-4 shouldn’t be hard to get to with just Arkansas and Ole Miss left on the schedule. But that schedule that set up for a special year in Nick Fitzgerald’s senior season turned out to be more treacherous than originally imagined.

Wonder if the coach who plucked Fitzgerald from obscurity to make him a star leaving Starkville for greener pastures had anything to do with that.

Are the Bulldogs having a better season than Florida? Obviously not.

LSU: 8-2, 5-2 SEC; No. 18 in S&P+; lost to Florida, 27-19

When last I wrote this piece, I finished the LSU section with this prediction:

Please believe this team is about to lose miserably to Alabama.

That happened, with the Tigers getting blanked on their home turf and looking positively inept on offense in so doing — but the more troubling result for the Tigers over the last fortnight was probably their 24-17 win over Arkansas. It’s okay for LSU to not be as good as Alabama, because no team is; it’s way less okay for LSU to let a bad Arkansas team hang around for four quarters and for an offense that is the same old good-but-not-explosive LSU attack to not be able to exploit even the lesser teams on the Tigers’ schedule.

LSU leads a sextet of SEC teams that occupy spots No. 18-23 in S&P+, and is arguably having the best season of those teams by virtue of having eight wins. But if LSU hadn’t staged its unlikely comeback against Auburn, LSU would probably still be somewhere in that pack and have outperformed its second-order wins ... and yet wouldn’t have the inside track to a New Year’s Six bowl that this team does.

Are the Tigers having a better season than Florida? Almost as tough to say as with Kentucky, but LSU has a shot at 10 wins that Florida doesn’t have and has a better chance of making a New Year’s Six bowl. And though the loss to Florida stings LSU fans who love to pretend that Florida isn’t in many ways LSU’s No. 2 rival at present, the loss to Alabama assuredly stings worse.

So I’m leaning yes, but would hear arguments.

Vanderbilt: 4-6, 1-5 SEC; No. 83 in S&P+; lost to Florida, 37-27

My presumption is that Derek Mason remains employed at Vanderbilt, rather than outright fired or fired effective at the end of the season because Vandy still doesn’t have a permanent athletic director in place to search for Mason’s successor.

But it’s possible that Mason, whose efforts seem to have plateaued, is still safe at Vandy because a 4-6 record with one SEC win isn’t that bad, historically, and I think it’s possible to justify keeping Mason if the Commodores at least split their final two SEC games against Ole Miss and Tennessee.

The trouble will be getting those wins, especially given this Vandy team’s penchant for coming up just short. The ‘Dores are 1-4 in games decided by seven or fewer points, and the one win coming over Tennessee State while the four losses have come to three SEC foes and Notre Dame should tell you all about which teams Vandy can and can’t close out.

Are the Commodores having a better season than Florida? Nope.

Georgia: 9-1, 6-1 SEC; No. 3 in S&P+; defeated Florida, 36-17

This feels like a weird and underwhelming year for Georgia, which I think — and I think most would agree — was significantly better a year ago. Yet here the Dawgs are, No. 3 in S&P+ and with only UMass and Georgia Tech between them and a play-in game for the College Football Playoff.

Maybe the primary difference between 2017 and 2018 Georgia is the degree of dominance: The 2017 Dawgs did more to flatten foes outside of their bizarre regular-season loss, racking up eight regular-season wins by 25 or more points; this Georgia team, by contrast, has three, and they game against Austin Peay, Middle Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

Still, this is obviously an excellent team having a very good year.

Are the Bulldogs having a better season than Florida? Yeah, obviously.

Missouri: 6-4, 2-4 SEC; No. 27 in S&P+; defeated Florida, 38-17

All Mizzou had to do to win two SEC games was play an unusually flat Florida squad that never mustered its customary rally from a deficit and outlast a Vanderbilt outfit with the killer instincts of a cow that isn’t part of the Diablo games.

See? Things got easier for you eventually, Tigers.

Are the Tigers having a better season than Florida? Nah. 8-4 looks likely for them, but that’s either par or one-over for the final season with an NFL-bound QB, and the ways the losses happened were brutal more than once.

South Carolina: 5-4, 4-4 SEC; No. 49 in S&P+; lost to Florida, 35-31

Did anything about the way South Carolina played a week ago seem like fun to you?

Did anything about it seem familiar?

I rest my cases — and, in retrospect, I was probably more than a bit too forgiving of Will Muschamp’s tenure at Florida.

Are the Gamecocks having a better season than Florida? Only if you define your season by success against Missouri and Missouri alone, something that no program does.

Idaho: 4-6; No. 167 in Sagarin; faces Florida Saturday

Again, Idaho is bad and I would like Florida to win Saturday’s game by many points.

Are the Vandals having a better season than Florida? Are you high?

Florida State: 4-6, 2-5 ACC; No. 87 in S&P+; faces Florida November 24th

Finally: You can be No. 87 in S&P+, have five of your six losses come by at least three touchdowns, and still technically have a chance of making a bowl game.

Sure, FSU would have to beat Boston College and Florida to do that, but c’mon: Those games are at home, and the Seminoles have wins over Samford, Northern Illinois, and Wake Forest at home. Those teams are all .500 or better!

And, hell, FSU is almost favored this weekend against a Boston College team that will be playing without its starting QB. And eight of 11 Tomahawk Nation writers who are still close enough to the salt of the earth to record their picks in a blog post rather than on a podcast have the Seminoles pulling this one out. Things are looking up!

What could go wrong?

Are the Seminoles having a better season than Florida? Not yet, but there’s definitely still time for Florida to fire Dan Mullen and install a bad head coach so that these Gators might lose to FSU, I guess.

Mullen: We don’t have many pro guys on the team – 247Sports


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Mullen: We don't have many pro guys on the team
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Florida has typically been among the major college football programs that often has several underclassmen leave early for the NFL. Particularly in situations where a new staff has taken over and a few make the jump, there seems to be a snowball effect.

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CeCe Jefferson’s last ride in the Swamp

With a group of reporters surrounding him a 17-year old CeCe Jefferson answers questions outside of the Bill Heavener Complex. It’s one of the worst kept secrets that Jefferson, a blue chip recruit from just down the road in Baker County, will pick Florida but Jefferson insists he’s waiting until National Signing Day to make […]

CeCe Jefferson’s last ride in the Swamp

With a group of reporters surrounding him a 17-year old CeCe Jefferson answers questions outside of the Bill Heavener Complex. It’s one of the worst kept secrets that Jefferson, a blue chip recruit from just down the road in Baker County, will pick Florida but Jefferson insists he’s waiting until National Signing Day to make […]

What Dan Mullen said during Paul Finebaum Show appearance – 247Sports


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What Dan Mullen said during Paul Finebaum Show appearance
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As the Florida Gators prepare for kickoff against Idaho Saturday, head football coach Dan Mullen joined the Paul Finebaum Show to discuss this season. From the quarterback situation under sophomore Feleipe Franks to big-picture items like SEC ...

LOOK: Florida unveils uniform combination for final home game of 2018 season – Saturday Down South


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LOOK: Florida unveils uniform combination for final home game of 2018 season
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The Florida Gators close out their home schedule on Saturday afternoon against Idaho, looking for win number eight on the season. This weekend will mark Senior Day for this year's senior class, and will be the final time they get to play at The Swamp.
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Idaho vs. Florida: Game time, TV channel, where to stream online – Montgomery Advertiser


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Idaho vs. Florida: Game time, TV channel, where to stream online
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Idaho takes on Florida at Ben Hill Griffin on Saturday afternoon. Here's what you need to know to follow the game in your living room, at the bar, in the car or online. Game time: 11 a.m. Central, noon Eastern. TV: ESPNU.

Gators-Idaho, UCF-Cincinnati, bowl streaks in jeopardy and more state college football notes – Tampa Bay Times


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Gators-Idaho, UCF-Cincinnati, bowl streaks in jeopardy and more state college football notes
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1. This game started (sort of) as the 2014 season opener, which was called off after the opening kickoff because of a thunderstorm. 2. Idaho was a Division I-A team when the game was rescheduled but dropped to I-AA this season. That will damage the ...

This is why these Florida Gators seniors will be playing extra harder Saturday afternoon – Miami Herald


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This is why these Florida Gators seniors will be playing extra harder Saturday afternoon
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Cece Jefferson could only let out a nostalgic sigh. The senior defensive end was asked to reflect on his time as a Florida Gator, and after a long pause, he shook his head and took a moment to reflect. “Feels like I just enrolled here yesterday,” he ...
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Florida Gators recruiting visitors list for Idaho game

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Podcast: Friday prediction podcast for Florida vs. Idaho

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Townsend makes semifinalist list for Ray Guy Award – 247Sports


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Townsend makes semifinalist list for Ray Guy Award
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The Ray Guy award is presented to the nation's top collegiate punter at The Home Deport College Football Awards at the end of the season. The semifinalist list features 10 collegiate punters from several different FBS conferences and independents ...

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UF senior CeCe Jefferson grateful for chance to help lead Gators – Orlando Sentinel


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UF senior CeCe Jefferson grateful for chance to help lead Gators
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Luke Jefferson has never known his dad as anything other than a Gators football player. This April, he could know his dad as a professional football player. Jefferson figures to be a mid-round selection in the upcoming NFL draft. He could've declared ...

O-line understanding what’s needed to take care of business – 247Sports


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O-line understanding what's needed to take care of business
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The line itself might be the most improved unit on the team. The South Carolina game showed it. "Every time we ran the ball, we ran, got on it, ran on the ball, got on the ball, ran the ball, got on the ball, and it was just an attitude: We're the ...

Jefferson: “Everything about me is being a Florida Gator” – 247Sports


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Jefferson: "Everything about me is being a Florida Gator"
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Even after he eventually took that gear off and committed to the Florida Gators with a big chomp, there was a near 48-hour delay before his recruitment was officially over with a signed, sealed and delivered national letter of intent. For Jefferson ...

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Gators use of underclassmen also a recruiting tool
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Top recruiting flip candidates for UF
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Friday Night Frenzy recap week 13: Florida Gators recruiting

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Big second half powers Florida to win over La Salle

The Florida Gators used a great start to the second half to finish out an 82-69 win over La Salle on Wednesday.

Florida 82, La Salle 69: Gators glide past Explorers after second-half spurt

Yes, this is a picture of Kevarrius Hayes at SEC Media Days. No, I don’t have any pictures from tonight.

Behind a strong night from Kevarrius Hayes, Florida built a big lead and cruised to a W.

Florida Gators big man Kevarrius Hayes departed the floor early in the first half of Wednesday night’s game against La Salle due to foul trouble. And from that point onward to halftime, Florida mostly scuffled against the Explorers, failing to generate a lead beyond three or four possessions and going several minutes without a make.

In the second half, Hayes played major minutes — and the Gators got going, extending their lead and making a once-competitive game a true rout.

Hayes helped key a 19-4 Florida run early in the second half, scoring seven of his 12 points during that span and solidifying the Gators’ defense, and strong performances from Jalen Hudson and Florida’s bench helped the Gators secure an 82-69 win over La Salle.

Hudson scored 15 points to lead the Gators and establish a new season high, but the efficient nights from Hayes (who made all five of his shots and snagged six rebounds), freshman wing Keyontae Johnson (12 points on seven shots, a few of them thunderous dunks), and redshirt freshman big man Isaiah Stokes (nine points on five shots) outshined what was a relatively quiet night from most of Florida’s usual suspects when it came to scoring.

Hudson, KeVaughn Allen, and Keith Stone combined for 27 points on 17 shots, with Allen getting all eight of his points at the foul line on an 0-for-3 night from the field. Freshman point guard established a new career high — in an admittedly brief career — with seven assists, but had just four points on 2-for-6 shooting.

Florida’s bench, in contrast, had 39 points, with four players — Deaundrae Ballard (six points), Chase Johnson (six points), Stokes, and Keyontae Johnson — combining for 33 of them. And of Florida’s bench players, only freshman Noah Locke — who has struggled to make shots despite a sweet stroke — and walk-on Andrew Fava failed to make at least half of their attempts on the night.

That was more than enough offense to blow past a La Salle squad that trailed by just a 40-32 margin at the half after shooting 46 percent and holding Florida without a field goal for 7:09 in the first period.

But Florida did make 11 free throws during that span, and played well enough on defense for their lead to grow from nine points to 10. And the Gators truly clamped down after Hayes returned, giving up just seven points over the first 11 minutes of the second period, ultimately forcing 19 turnovers, and holding the Explorers in check for much of the second half. (A lead that stood at 74-50 at the 5:10 mark and 79-56 with 2:38 to play only got nearly halved by a late flurry that came against a lineup consisting of Fava, fellow walk-on Mak Krause, and underclassmen.)

Florida controlling a win against a team that has mid-major talent — if not the sort that should propel La Salle anywhere beyond the bottom rungs of the Atlantic 10 — is its best performance of the season, edging a more lopsided win against a lesser Charleston Southern squad.

But the Gators’ next game is against an Oklahoma team far more similar to the talent-rich FSU squad that eviscerated it in Tallahassee.

And though the Gators’ recovery from that loss so far only seems to portend good things for their trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis over the Thanksgiving holiday, things are about to get much tougher for Florida.

Gators Basketball Controls La Salle 82-69

The Gators moved to 2-1 on the season with a 82-69 win over La Salle on Wednesday, taking care of business on their home floor against a veteran laden Explorers team. Jalen Hudson was the leading scorer for the Gators with 15 while Kevarrius Hayes and Keyontae Johnson were just behind with 12 each. Though […]

Florida Gators lacrosse signs 13 for 2019 class

The Florida Gators lacrosse team signed 13 players for the 2019 class on Wednesday during the signing period for lacrosse.

Florida vs. La Salle, Game Thread: Gators exploring selves as they face Explorers

Florida is trying to determine its identity. Doing that in wins is better than doing so in losses.

Ah: Another early-season weekday matchup for the Florida Gators, and another game that is airing solely via SEC Network+ streaming (or ESPN+, if you have it). That’s what tonight’s game against La Salle (7 p.m.) is for most of us.

For the Gators, it’s a chance to further investigate what they should be.

Florida rebounded from a bruising loss to Florida State last Tuesday in its season opener by shutting down an overmatched Charleston Southern team last Friday in its home opener, but coach Mike White’s refrain to media members since has been closer to “We’re figuring it out” than “We’ve figured it out.”

This makes sense, of course: Florida is two games into what could be a 40-game season, and even though White has an upperclassman-laden team, those players’ roles were in large part defined by their relationship to former Florida point guard Chris Chiozza, who led this team a year ago and had been at least a significant steadying force as Kasey Hill’s understudy prior to that. While KeVaughn Allen and Kevarrius Hayes have played three previous seasons as Gators, neither had previously played without Chiozza as a teammate prior to last week; the latter is true for Jalen Hudson and Keith Stone, who had fewer seasons as Gators to their name, too.

And while it’s a bit of an excuse to write off a poor or passive performance from any of the many Gators who turned them in in Tallahassee as a result of adjusting to a Cheese-free offense or defense, not having him as a floor general is a meaningful change for a team that had problems communicating even with the more commanding Chiozza around. If the reticent Allen and amiable Hudson were that way with a galvanizing force, why wouldn’t they be more so without one?

Getting that scoring duo, Hayes, and Stone untracked and refashioned as the players they need to be for Florida to succeed in 2018-19 will be White’s great task of the year, and it’s fortunate that teams like La Salle will present relatively little challenge during Florida’s frequently spiky non-conference schedule. It’s easier to deal with figuring out just how much Hayes should factor into most offensive possessions — probably not much, to be honest — or how many shots Stone should be allowed to generate off the dribble against an 0-2 team that dropped its home opener to lowly Lafayette than it would be against Oklahoma or Butler, after all.

The Explorers are six years and one coach removed from their last NCAA Tournament trip, which happened under John Giannini and turned into an unlikely Sweet Sixteen run that terminated at the hands of Wichita State. Giannini didn’t win 20 games again after chalking up 24 dubs with that 2012-13 squad, though, and he and the Explorers mutually parted ways after last season, leading to former Villanova assistant and Philly lifer Ashley Howard taking over one of the city’s Big 5 teams with the hopes of returning it to relevance.

Howard has a task before him. While point guard Pookie Powell returned from last year’s Explorers, La Salle lost three senior starters from a team that did not string together three consecutive wins after its 3-0 start, and the Explorers are winless this year despite sophomore wing Isiah Deas (8-for-16 on threes) stepping up to assist Powell.

Expect those two, guard Traci Carter, and big Miles Brookins to be La Salle’s leaders tonight, as they’re the Explorers’ only players with more than 10 points on the year. But expect the Gators, undersized in their own right, to feast on the offensive glass, where La Salle has given up 26 offensive boards in two games, conceding them on nearly 40 percent of their defensive possessions. La Salle does not turn the ball over much (18 turnovers in 155 possessions over two games), which has the potential to thwart maybe Florida’s best means of getting good shots — steals turning into transition opportunities — but offensive rebounds function similarly to turnovers in terms of creating surplus possessions for an offense, and Florida should be ready to crash the glass this evening.

If they don’t, though, and the better marksmen on La Salle’s roster have their aim calibrated, this could be a long night for the Gators — even one that ends with more soul-searching after a loss.

Florida, Idaho betting line released – 247Sports


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Florida, Idaho betting line released
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The Florida Gators host the Idaho Vandals on Saturday afternoon inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Initial betting lines for ... 24 Cincinnati are the only teams in the current College Football Playoff rankings that won less than six games last season ...
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