Florida football could be 5-0 after Saturday’s likely win over Towson University but this perfect start is definitely not how the Gators wanted to get to this point.
During the Miami game, Florida football turned the ball over four times and a sloppy 4th quarter filled with every penalty you can imagine.
Somehow, the Gators managed to squeeze out a 24-20 victory.
After a good game against UT-Martin in which the Gators quickly improved and cleaned up some of the penalties they managed a good win here and two weeks later got revenge on Kentucky in Lexington while losing quarterback Feleipe Franks to a season-ending ankle injury.
Towson, a preseason top-10 FCS team comes to the Swamp on Saturday, and Florida football head coach Dan Mullen says his team simply isn’t good enough to take an opportunity to compete for granted.
“Towson is a very solid football team,” Mullen said. “They are a homegrown team. A top 10 quality team in their division that knows how to win and expects to win. Front to back and top to bottom the roster is very solid and has been built to be a championship-caliber team within their division. We better be prepared to play.”
While this Towson game this weekend might seem like an automatic win to most of the fans and student base, they will still need to play a full 60-minute game and work out whatever kinks might still need to be fixed before the real contests begin.
Towson is the last game this season in which Florida football has a chance to do such.
After this, the schedule will have Auburn, LSU, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Missouri, South Carolina & Florida State.
If the Gators want to win the Eastern Division and potentially face the Crimson Tide in Atlanta in December, things need to improve this weekend. If they don’t improve, then these next eight weeks will be very disappointing.
While we all hope for the best as always for our Gators, the question is can they rise to the occasion and finish this season strong enough to contend?