The Gators are coming off a highly disappointing loss at the hands of the hated LSU Tigers. The regularly automatic kicking crew botched an extra point that would end up costing the Gators the game.
The Gators offense continues to struggle and seemingly can’t get out of their own way. The play calling is uninspired and the pace of play is as slow as it gets. The offense is struggling to get play calls in and get lined up in a timely manner. Things are so bad on the offensive side of the ball that fans are calling for Head Coach Jim McElwain to be fired (I’ve even seen some petitions created championing that cause).
The Gators are 3-2 on the season, but could just as easily be 1-4, after barely beating Tennessee and Kentucky. But, they did beat Tennessee and Kentucky. They also beat another division rival Vanderbilt. What’s my point? Despite being inept on the offensive side of the ball, the Gators are still in control of their own destiny in the SEC East.
They’re dealing with a bunch of injuries to key players and are still without the suspended Jordan Scarlett and Antonio Callaway. WR Tyrie Cleveland is dealing with a high ankle sprain. Safeties Chauncey Gardner and Nick Washington have been playing hurt and Washington may miss the Gators matchup this weekend. Sensational freshman Kadarius Toney may not be able to play.
The Gators take on the Aggies of Texans A&M Saturday night at 7pm on ESPN.
The Gators are in a world of hurt, but their opponent this weekend Texas A&M, isn’t fairing much better in 2017. A&M is playing a ton of underclassmen this year and is coming off a loss to Alabama. The Gators have yet to lose two straight home games under Jim McElwain, and despite getting off to a disappointing start to 2017 this young Gator team hasn’t shown any quit. The Gators defensive line should be able to take advantage of the Texas A&M O-line and help set the tone for the game. A healthy dose of Malik Davis and Co. should carry the Gators to victory in the Swamp, but with an inconsistent QB situation and an offense that fails to get off many plays, the Gators are at risk of losing every time they step on the field. Aggies WR Christian Kirk is always a threat to take it to house and could change the game. This one could go either way, but McElwain usually figures things out when the chips are down.
PREDICTION: Florida 24, Texas A&M 21