Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Native son Will Muschamp couldn’t deliver in his tenure at the crazed football university. Enter former Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain, who did a good job in Fort Collins, but this is big time SEC football. Eleven starters return of both sides of the ball from last season’s squad. Florida went 7-5 overall in 2014, 4-4 in Southeastern Conference play. Florida beat East Carolina in the 2014 Birmingham Bowl. McElwain has a huge recruiting base to pick from, and he must tap into all sources in the “SUNSHINE STATE” Florida has enough talent to compete for the 2015 SEC title. The Florida Gators plays home games at 88,500 seat Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on campus in Gainesville, Florida.
Redshirt Freshman Will Grier seems to have the upper hand on last season’s starter Treon Harris (1,019) passing yards in 2014. Harris supplanted Jeff Driskel, as a true freshman, but Harris is now second team. The coaching staff will determine who will open the season as the starter in fall camp. The Gators offense has plenty of talent in the backfield. Junior Kelvin Taylor, son of former Gator star Fred, is the favorite to be the starter. True Freshman Jordan Scarlett will get plenty of chances to show what he can do at the running back position. Wide Reciever Demarcus Robinson (810)receiving yards last season is the main weapon on the outside. The offensive line will be a work in progress, but they will get better as the season progresses. The key to success for the Gators offense is the O-line. Harris will take over at quarterback during the season, the kid just makes things happen. The Florida Gators went 7-5 on Sports Handicappers Point Spread Predictions last season, going over the betting odds total eight times and staying under the betting odds total four times.
*The Florida offense was 93rd in the country, putting up 367.6 yards per contest.
*The Gators were 2-4 Against The Point Spread at home in 2014.
*Florida was 4-0 Against The Number on the road.
*The betting odds total went 5-1 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
*Florida went over the betting odds total three times away from home.
*The Gators stayed under the betting odds total twice on the road.
*The Florida passing attack ranked 104th in the FBS, with 179.9 yards per game throwing the football.
*The Florida Gators scored 30.3 ppg, 53 in the NCAA Football landscape.
*The Florida running game was 41st in the nation, averaging 187.7 yards per contest on the ground.
Defensive Coordinator and Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon has seven starters returning from last season. Junior defensive end Alex McCalister and Jonathan Bullard are proven pass rushers. Shannon will have one of the best defensive lines in the SEC, East division. There is plenty of work to do in fall camp with the thin group of linebackers. All-American cornerback Vernon Hargraves 111 anchors a very talented secondary. Freshman J.C. Jackson could be an instant starter opposite Hargraves. The Florida Gators defense will be very productive with the addition of Shannon, who is one of the best in the game.
*The Florida defense allowed 329.8 yards per contest, 15th nationally.
*The Florida pass defense gave up 213.6 yards per game, 41st in College Football.
*The Gators gave up 21.1 ppg, 20th in the FBS.
*The Florida Gators rush defense was 13th in the land, giving up 116.2 yards per contest on the ground.
*The University of Florida plays four of their first five games at home in 2015.
*The Gators are on the road vs. Missouri and LSU in consecutive weeks in October.
Bovada lists the Florida Gators at over/under seven and a half wins in 2015.
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