Coming off of a 7-6 season in Will Muschamp’s first year as head coach in Gainesville, the Florida Gators will have their first big test of the season as they travel to Texas to play Texas A&M in what will be the Aggies first SEC home game. As this game marks history for the Aggies and the beginning of a new era for the SEC as a conference, it can’t be overstated how important this game is for a Gator program that is still looking for a new identity under the new coaching regime.
After a sub-par performance last week against Bowling Green, Florida has elected to go with Jeff Driskel as their starting quarterback; and he must take them to the promised land. If the Gators continue to struggle to find a balance offensively, it could be a long afternoon for Gator Nation. However, if Driskel can step up to the plate and provide the necessary balance and leadership on the offensive side of the ball, the Gator defense will most certainly play stout and give the team an opportunity to win the game.
Coming into the season, I expected Florida to have a really good team. With all the talent they have, I think we’ll start to see Coach Muschamp put it together; although they are probably a year away from getting back to being a dominant program. In order to get a win today, Florida will have to show significant growth from the way they’ve executed up until this point. With a loss, several questions will begin to float around, and Will Muschamp’s seat could begin to get a little warm if the Gators dont have a strong showing in Texas. Keep your eyes on this game today, as it’s going to point Florida in the direction that they will go for the rest of the season.