Do the Gamecocks stand a chance against the Gators?
Of course they don't, because we're talking about the Jacksonville State Gamecocks taking on the Florida Gators here. What did you think I meant?
Florida's national title hopes may have been all but dashed after losing to Georgia three weeks ago, but the Gators still have plenty to play for this season and should roll in this contest. But don't underestimate Jacksonville State, as the Gamecocks...
Oh, let's be honest—this game is going to be a blowout. Or at least I'm guessing it will be. Let's take a closer look at this clash before Florida's huge game against Florida State in a week.
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
When: Saturday, November 17 at 1 p.m. ET
Betting Line: TBD
Jacksonville State Injuries (via USA Today)
None to Report
Florida Injuries (via USA Today)
RB Mack Brown, Undisclosed, Probable
DB De'Ante Saunders, Knee, Questionable
OL Xavier Nixon, Knee, Questionable
DL Leon Orr, Illness, Questionable
QB Jeff Driskel, Ankle, Doubtful
WR Andre Debose, Leg, Doubtful
WR Solomon Patton, Arm, Out for Season
What's at Stake?
For Jacksonville State, some Florida bragging rights. Feel free to laugh now. For Florida, slim, but still real national championship and BCS bowl hopes.
If Florida wins out, it still has an excellent chance to make a BCS bowl. And while it'll need a lot to happen, it also could still find itself playing for a national championship. It's incredibly unlikely, but it's not impossible.
What They're Saying
It's unlikely Jacksonville State can line up and beat Florida; let's keep it real. Florida is going to have to come out flat, commit a bunch of turnovers and mental mistakes and hang its heads for the Gamecocks to get the win.
Now at 79 flags on the year, UF ranks No. 109 nationally and last in the SEC in penalties per game. Florida's coaching staff met Sunday to discuss new ways to solve the penalty problem, but Muschamp said his players must also deal with the issue themselves.
"The players need to understand that they need to take some responsibility, that's what I told them in the locker room," Muschamp said. "We gotta get over this. We gotta get over jumping offsides on third-and-10. Eventually, as a player you have to look in the mirror and realize that you need to play smarter than that."
Jacksonville State Players to Watch: DaMarcus James and Washaun Ealey, RB
Here's what I know about this pair of running backs—they've rushed for 1,555 yards and 16 TDs. Not too shabby.
Here's what I know about Florida's run defense—it allows 99.9 rushing yards per game, 11th best in the nation.
It will likely be tough sledding for the Gamecocks' pair of backs, and if they have any success at all on the ground, Jacksonville State might just hang tough in this game. But if it's stifled early, it will be a very long afternoon.
Florida Player to Watch: Jacoby Brissett, QB
With Jeff Driskel unlikely to play in this game, the reins to Florida's offense will turn over to Brissett. Luckily for Florida, it's playing Jacksonville State, and Brissett handled himself well in relief last week, going 6-for-8 with 64 yards and a touchdown against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Brissett and Driskel alternated at quarterback to start the season, but Driskel earned the starting gig after the first game. Now, Brissett at least has his chance to shine in relief, though Florida would likely take a modest performance and turnover-free effort in a game it is clearly favored to win.
I wouldn't expect anything less than a steady performance. But if there is one way Jacksonville State can pull off the victory, it's forcing Brissett into a number of turnovers.
Key Matchup: Florida Against Itself
Let's be honest—a Florida loss in this game would be beyond stunning, and as I've mentioned before, the only way it would happen is if the team totally beats itself and fails to show up.
But let's not ignore what we've seen the last two weeks, either. After losing to Georgia, the Gators have come out flat against Missouri (14-7 win) and Louisiana-Lafayette (27-20 after a late punt was blocked an turned into a touchdown).
Will the Gators come out flat again?
Plus, with no chance of playing in the SEC championship game now, you couldn't help the Gators for looking past this one to a key BCS contest against Florida State next week. While I don't think Jacksonville State is good enough to deem this as a trap game for Florida, the Gators could beat themselves.
If Jacksonville State is within four touchdowns of Florida in this game, I'll be shocked. The Gators win 55-10.
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