The Florida football program looks to turn things around Saturday against Colorado State after suffering its first loss to Kentucky in 32 years. The Gators and their fans are anxious to get that bad taste out of their mouths against a Colorado State team that lost its first two games of the season.
Last week, however, was a different story.
While Florida was losing its SEC home opener, Colorado State had a come-from-behind win over Arkansas, signaling that this game may not be as east as some would have thought just 10 days ago.
Here are five keys for Florida to return to the win column tomorrow:
Time to Move On
Last week happened, it was real. You can’t change the past, so there is no sense in dwelling on it. Florida needs to erase the Kentucky game from its mind and move on. If the Gators are experiencing a hangover from that loss, this week’s game could be scary.
While what happened last week can’t be changed, it can be learned from. Hopefully Dan Mullen and his staff returned to the basic fundamentals this week – blocking, tackling, pitch-and-catch – which seemed to slip away from the Gators last Saturday night.
Passing Game Must Improve
Last week was bad in many regards with one of the main issues being quarterback Feleipe Franks missing open receivers down field. When plays for this Florida offense are available, he needs to take advantage of them.
Florida is not good enough right now not to capitalize on opposing defensive mistakes. When a man is open down the field, Franks must be able to get him the ball; that did not happen against Kentucky and must happen moving forward.
Lines of Scrimmage Need to Get Nasty
Last week, on their own home field, Florida was pushed around on both sides of the ball by a team thought to be inferior. Kentucky’s defensive line pressured Franks while stopping the Gators ground attack, while at the same time, the Kentucky offense rushed for over 300 yards, in what at times was an embarrassing performance by the Florida defense.
Pride needs to take over here.
The Gators need to bring more attitude in the trenches.
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