The Florida Gators (4-6, 3-5 SEC) will look to end their five-game losing streak when they take on the Georgia Southern Eagles (6-4, 4-4 SoCon) this Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will be televised on Pay-per-view.
Florida concluded it Southeastern Conference season last week with a 19-14 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia. Georgia Southern finished its Southern Conference season last week with a 38-20 win over Elon.
This will be the teams first meeting since 1996. Florida leads the all-time series 2-0.
Here are a few things to keep an eye on throughout the game.
Containing the triple-option
Georgia Southern runs a triple-option offense, similar to what Paul Johnson runs at Georgia Tech. The Eagles three-headed rushing attack averages 353.5 yards per game and is lead by quarterback Jerick McKinnon, who leads the team with 925 yards and 11 touchdowns. McKinnon is flanked in the backfield by quarterback Kevin Ellison (768 yards, six TDS) and fullback William Banks (374 yards, 5 TDs). The triple-option will be unlike anything the Gators have seen in three seasons under head coach Will Muschamp, but with the more dominant athletes, the Gators should be able to contain it.
Last week Florida’s offensive game plan centered on running the ball, as the Gators threw it just 13 times against the Gamecocks. Clearly, quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg’s lack of experience played a part in the limited play-calling. With Tyler Murphy questionable this week, with a nagging shoulder injury, it means Mornhinweg is likely to make his second career start this Saturday, and the coaching staff should expect more from him this time around. Florida should look to open up the offense a little more against a Georgia Southern defense that allows 368.6 total yards per game, including over 200 yards per game through the air.
Run Kelvin, run
Freshman running back Kelvin Taylor has been a bright spot during the team’s five-game losing streak. In the past five games, since taking over the starting position, Taylor has averaged 69 rushing yards per game and has scored four touchdowns. In last week’s game against South Carolina, Taylor found success when the Gators employed some direct snaps. Each of Taylor’s rushing touchdowns, from 20 and 29 yards respectively, were from a direct snap. It should be something the Gators look to employ more of as they continue to get Mornhinweg more comfortable in the offense.
Florida 31, Georgia Southern 7
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