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#1 Gator2222

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:40 PM

The top 10 toughest 2017 schedules in the country according to the ESPN Football Power Index:

 

1. Cal
2. LSU
3. USC
4. Georgia
5. Florida
6. Stanford
7. South Carolina
8. UCLA
9. Arizona State
10. Alabama

 

other notables:

 

13. FSU
15. Mississippi State
16. Texas A&M
17. Vanderbilt
19. Auburn
20. Clemson
30. Tennessee
31. Arkansas
32. Kentucky
35. Oklahoma
37. Ole Miss
45. Miami
52. Ohio State
53. Missouri
55. Michigan

 

We are fortunate to get many of the tougher games at the Swamp. However, Michigan, Tennessee, LSU, Texas A&M and FSU is a pretty good lineup of opponents. Most of the weaker teams on our schedule are considered to be on the rise including Kentucky and Georgia. If we make it to Atlanta again it's possible the Gators will have played the toughest schedule in all the land.



#2 mtn2top

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 03:27 AM

It's going to be hard for the Gators to run the table next season, no doubt about it.  We do have a couple of key games at home.

 

There's so much media and fan focus on offense, I think the Florida defense will be the bigger determiner of a successful season.  It's the experience level in the back that concerns me, not the talent.  The challenge is getting them up to speed and defending well in the early games,  

 

So far the offense is looking good.  Just scoring a few more points a game, getting a few more first downs, will take pressure off the defense. More than one play maker is emerging from the roster to fill starting roles.



#3 oxs uncle

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 07:55 PM

It may be misleading how fast players came in from barely being on the roster to look like instant Rock of Jibralters, Now Reese and Joseph, while they may need to learn consistent habits by playing more, I don't think they will become "one hit wonders", no pun intended. Initially, their performance may"appear" to go down before they become great again. Also some of the pure freshmen could simply display raw talent this year.

Overall on the whole the Defense will be steady again. They may play out of character for one game.

 

Schedules are funny. If we beat "The Champions of the West" ( who differ substantially from the "Champions of Life") Kentucky sets up a trap game. - Vastly improved Kentucky in Lexington. 



#4 mtn2top

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 11:32 AM

Some good points Unc. 

 

One thing working for us this season will be the ability for the replacements to learn the defensive scheme which has been consistent at UF for years.  Generally, the defense is always ahead of the offense anyway.  

 

They will have to learn quickly (especially run defense) with the Michigan game first on the schedule.






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