Last week, the Gators opened the season in disappointing fashion and didn't answer any questions regarding the post–Tebow offense. Or maybe they did, but the answer is wholly unsatisfying and most Gator fans refuse to accept it (DEAR STEVE ADDZ, WE DON'T LIKE THE FUMBLE OFFENSE! -signed Gator Nation).
Regardless, what we should have learned about the offense last week was not learned. A little was learned about the defense but not much because Miami (OH) is so bad. This week, the Gators don't have the luxury of playing a team that they can't lose to, no matter how hard they try.
USF can play. They've lost a lot of the talent that led to their recent success and by all accounts are a young, inexperienced team. That said, they moved the ball like they were supposed to last week, and they were as interception-y as the Gators were.
Despite all of the Gators' struggles last week, a big win/blowout win is still expected here. If the Gators are truly a top–10, top–5, or even national championship contender, then this game should be relatively easy.
That said, this week will be a good indicator of where the bar should be set for 2010. As we're still trying to figure out where the Gators fit into the national picture, here's ten issues that could help iron out the uncertainty this week.