Florida Gators vs. Toledo Rockets Complete Game Preview

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Florida Gators vs. Toledo Rockets Complete Game Preview
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The Florida Gators begin their season against the Toldeo Rockets in the comforts of home Saturday.

For this season opener, No. 10 Florida hosts a Toledo team that has never—I mean, never—faced an SEC football opponent.

The Rockets' first stab at the conference in the hot, sticky Swamp certainly won't be a gentle welcome either. 

The Gators capped last season's 11-2 showing with a stinging loss versus the Louisville Cardinals in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. It was a letdown that has been motivating UF players throughout this offseason. 

Florida enters 2013-14 play with junior quarterback Jeff Driskel, who is expected to lead a more experienced offense after getting into his groove as the starter all last season. While Driskel returns to the QB spot, the Gators will not return seven of last year's starters from their No. 5 nationally ranked defense.

Toledo, a member of the Mid-American Conference, comes to Gainesville also bearing a loss from its last matchup after falling to Utah State, 41-15, in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Rockets finished 9-4.

Toledo is led by senior quarterback Terrance Owens, a veteran who has started a minimum of three games every year dating back to his first season at Toledo. The Rockets' offense is expected to be extremely sharp, as the team returns nine of its starters. 

So who's going to "come out alive" from Week 1? Will Florida further its 23-game season-opening winning streak or will Toledo serve an upset in its first go at the SEC? 

When: 12:21 p.m. ET

Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.

TV: SEC Network

Radio: Sirius Ch. 136, XM Ch. 201

Live Stream: ESPN3

Spread: Florida (-23.5) 

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