Florida (4-2, 2-2) looks to pick up the pieces of what started out as a great 2011 season as they travel to Auburn to take on SEC Conference member Auburn (4-2, 1-1). The Gators come into this game, hoping to turn around this season against the defending National Champions Tigers.
Where: Jordan Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama
When: Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Watch: ESPN, ESPN-3.com
Listen: Gatorzone.com (Florida) or WANI 1400 AM (Auburn)
Betting Line: Florida -2
Who Might Not Play For Florida: QB John Brantley
Brantley is still hurt with an ankle injury that he suffered two weeks ago in the Alabama game.
Who Might Not Play for Auburn: WR Emory Blake
Who Will Win This Game?
Blake didn’t travel with the team to their game last week against Arkansas because of an ankle injury. He’s still questionable for this week.
Key Storyline: Can Florida stop the bleeding this week with a victory?
The Gators were 4-0 and looked to be in complete control at home against Florida two weeks ago. But, a gruesome ankle injury to quarterback John Brantley, has seemed to stop any momentum they had towards getting back to Atlanta, for the SEC Championship Game.
For Auburn, a win will help the Tigers get a BCS ranking in the first poll on Sunday. Their two losses have the Tigers on the outside of the National Title picture.
For Florida, they need a victory to stay in the SEC East Division race. A loss here will almost end any chance the Gators have in making a BCS bowl game.
Florida Player to Watch: RB Jeff Demps
If Florida wants to have any chance at winning this game against Auburn, Demps will have to be a big part of the Gators offense. He’s the most talented player on the team and has a chance to score, anytime he touches the ball.
Auburn Player to Watch: RB Michael Dyer
Dyer leads this team in rushing this year, with 657 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in six games. Dyer has rushed for 109 yards per game this year leading this offense every week in the rushing department.
Key Matchup: Auburn’s run defense vs. RB Jeff Demps
The Auburn Tigers run defense was able to shut down South Carolina Heisman hopeful Marcus Lattimore, when the two clubs met. Did the Tigers figure out how to be a good rushing defense, or was that one game just a good game plan?
Demps has the speed that Lattimore does not have, which may exploit the poor Tigers defense.
Look to see if the Florida offensive line can open up holes for the speedy Gators back. If they can, Demps will lead the Gators to their first win in three weeks.
Prediction: Florida 28, Auburn 20