Florida Gators: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Florida Gators: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Florida Gators: CFN College Football Preview 2021


Florida Gators College Football Preview 2021: Keys To The Season

Florida Gators Biggest Key: Offense

Stop turning the ball over. Kyle Trask had a pick six issue – to go along with the bazillion yards and big plays he generated – but the team had a bit of a fumbling problem, too.

The Gators turned it over 19 times on the season after giving it up 18 times in 2019 and 14 in 2018. The difference in ’18 and ’19 were the takeaways from the other side, coming up with 49 over the two seasons. The 2020 D came up with just 16, and that was a problem.

The Florida O gave it up eight times in the final three games – all losses – going -5 in turnover margin. In the nine losses in the Dan Mullen era, the Gators are -9 overall in turnover margin and failed to be on the plus side in any of those games. In other words …

Florida has yet to lose under Mullen when it won the turnover battle, going +29 in the 29 wins.

This goes hand-in-hand with …

Florida Gators Biggest Key: Defense

The secondary has to be better. The pass rush was there last year and it didn’t matter all that much. The pass rush will help out the cause this year, too, and the production has to follow.

There might be a new group of starting safeties this year to help the solid veteran corners, and everyone has to do more big things.

The 2018 and 2019 Florida pass defenses allowed 30 touchdown passes but game up with 30 interceptions, allowing about 6.5 yards per pass attempt over the two years.

Bryce Perkins of Virginia was the only quarterback to hit 300 yards on the Florida defense over the first two seasons under Dan Mullen. And then came 2020.

Ole Miss opened things up with 443 passing yards, Bama cranked up 418, Kellen Mond threw for 338 in Texas A&M’s win, and fricking Vanderbilt put up 319 passing yards.

The Gator secondary allowed 28 touchdown passes and 7.8 yards per throw. Even more painful, it came up with six interceptions against Georgia and Kentucky, and three in the other ten games combined.

Florida Gators Key Player To A Successful Season

P Jeremy Crawshaw, RFr.
Of course there are a few offensive linemen who need to have big years, and the defense as a whole has to be far stronger, and Emory Jones had better be the real deal at quarterback, but adequately replacing the kickers might be the difference between another great season and something truly special.

Jacob Finn averaged over 46 yards per punt last season putting 14 inside the 20, but he left for Virginia. Crawshaw is a big Australian who got in a little work in the bowl game against Oklahoma and blasted away for 49 yards per kick. He’s got the leg to be a field-flipper and an unsung weapon.

Florida Gators Key Game To The 2021 Season

Georgia, Oct. 30
With only some due respect for the rest of the SEC East, this is for the division title … again.

The Gators start the SEC season out hosting Alabama, and the LSU game is on the road, but they should be able to beat everyone else if the team is as good as expected.

Georgia won three in a row in the series before the Gators got through last year’s big-hitting battle, and this time around both teams get a week off to prepare.

Florida Gators Schedule Analysis

2020 Florida Gators Fun Stats

– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 15-of-23 (65%) – Florida 7-of-12 (58%)
– 3rd Quarter Scoring: Florida 124 – Opponents 51
– Sacks: Florida 35 for 240 yards – Opponents 20 for 116 yards

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