Florida Gators (0-0, 0-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Will Muschamp
Idaho Vandals (0-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Head Coach: Paul Petrino
Last Meeting: This will be the first meeting in the series.
Last Meeting in Gainesville: The teams have never met, but Idaho is 0-2 in the state of Florida.
Overall Series: Although the teams have never met, Florida owns a 9-1 record against current Sun Belt teams.
Venue: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Online Live Stream: WatchESPN
Line: Florida -36.5 (50.5 Over/Under)
Game Day Quote:
He’s got a great look in his eye. I think where you see the confidence growing is in understanding what we’re doing offensively. The more understanding you have, the faster you can make decisions, the faster you can play, which you have to be able to play fast and be decisive. I see his confidence growing in that realm.” – Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper on Jeff Driskel
Florida will get to officially bury last season with the start of Saturday’s game against Idaho. It’s been 273 long days of constant reminders about a dismal season. No one will be talking about last season any more. The Gators have a massive talent advantage, but will be working out the kinks in its newfangled offense with Kurt Roper calling the plays. Jeff Driskel returns and the offensive line is back and healthy. The wide receivers are one of the deepest groups and the stable of running backs could be one of the best in the country. The defense will be great, as we’ve grown accustomed to under Will Muschamp. Led by Dante Fowler Jr. and Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida should continue to shut down opposing offenses, including Idaho’s. The Vandals struggled last season as they went 1-11 in Paul Petrino’s first year. The defensive secondary got torched on a regular basis and their offense couldn’t find any consistency. Their punter, Austin Rehkow did lead the nation with a 47.8 average and he certainly was busy. Florida should get some new players game action so they’ll have some experience should any injuries occur later on this season. The Gators should win their 25th straight season opener this one easily, start a new winning streak, and get back to playing Florida football.