2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Florida Offense
The offensive line has to be that solid again. The Gator front five might not have been the best in the SEC, but it more than held its own against all of the fantastic defensive fronts it faced, including Michigan’s in the bowl victory. Now four starters are done after finishing third in the league in sacks allowed and second in tackles for loss allowed.
There’s no real concern here, even with four starters needing to be replaced. There’s no star power, but it’s a good-looking starting five and there’s depth. With the veteran skill players in place, and the hope for more from the talent, the line just has to come close to matching last year’s production.
Biggest Key To The Florida Defense
Survive the accurate passers. Over the last five seasons, Florida is 1-7 when allowing quarterbacks to connect on 68% or more of their passes. The only win came in a blowout against UAB late in 2017.
The Gator secondary was a rock – finishing 13th in the nation in pass defense – but it got picked clean during a rough three-game stretch by Georgia’s Jake Fromm, Missouri’s Drew Lock, and South Carolina’s Jake Bentley. Those three combined to hit over 70% of their passes for an average of around 245 yards and eight touchdowns with just one pick. Florida beat the Gamecocks, but lost to the Bulldogs and Tigers. The other loss last year? Kentucky’s Terry Wilson hit 69% of his throws with two scores.
Key Player To A Successful Season
OT Stone Forsythe, Jr.
Throw in junior Jean Delance and redshirt freshman Richard Gouraige, too. All of the pieces are there on offense to be even stronger and more consistent, but that’s only if the offensive tackles come through after losing Jawaan Taylor and Martez Ivey. The 6-7, 323-pound Forstyhe will get the first look at left tackle, but all that matters is that two blockers step up and shine on the outside in fall camp.
Key Game To The Florida Season
Georgia, Nov. 2 (in Jacksonville)
Coming up with a tone-setting win over Miami on August 24th is a must, beating Kentucky in Lexington to restart the streak is a moral imperative, and dealing with all of the other big parts of the SEC season will be rough. But lose to Georgia for the third year in a row, and Florida can all but forget about winning the SEC East.
– Florida Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Florida Fun Stats
– Florida 1st Quarter Scoring: 67 – 2nd Quarter Scoring: 170
– Sacks: Florida 37 for 217 yards – Opponents 18 for 121 yards
– Interceptions Thrown: Opponents 14 – Florida 6