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Gators at Vols and USF trying to stay unbeaten top Saturday primer

Jamil King

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The latest Saturday of college football around the State has every school in Florida in action. Some will be paying each other; one will be in a rivalry and another looking to bounce back vs. a MAC opponent.

Here’s what to watch for as September rolls on:

The Florida Gators will be taking on SEC East Rival Tennessee in a game in Knoxville, TN, that looks to be just who can make the least amount of mistakes.We wrote earlier this week about how the rivalry has lost its luster.

The Gators will need to try to find an offensive identity in this game, whether that be with QB Felipe Franks finding a grove or establishing a downhill running attack. After dropping his first conference game to Kentucky, Dan Mullen will look to get his first conference win, as a Gator.

The Florida State Seminoles are just looking for something to go right for themselves this weekend. After the second humiliating offensive performance of the season last Saturday, Willie Taggart needs this game to go his way. Still, as we also wrote this week, Taggart is not going anywhere during or after this season.

Against NIU this afternoon, the Noles need to keep QB Deondre Francois on his feet and establish the run. Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick need to get a lot of carries early and often in this one so the Noles can set a tone. Will the offensive line be better. Can the Seminoles defense make plays?

The Canes will get in-state rival FIU in a battle of south Florida. Miami has bounced back from their early-season defeat to LSU. However, Canes haven’t played any significant opponents in Savanah State and Toledo. The Canes though have used these games to fix an offense that was broken in Dallas.

QB Malik Rosier has improved over the weeks, and the Canes may have found a playmaker in Dee Jay Dallas. Miami will look to continue the offensive momentum before starting ACC play.

Finally, USF is under the lights at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, and should have a fairly easy time with American Conference opponent East Carolina. The Bulls come off back to back impressive wins over Georgia Tech and last week in Chicago against Illinois.

In that game, QB Blake Barnett threw the winning TD pass in the final two minutes to help the Bulls start 3-0 for the second straight year under Charlile Strong.

Let’s see if the Bulls make quick work of the visiting Pirates.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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