It’s hard to believe how far this team has fallen since coming two points short of upsetting Alabama in September. The Gators looked like College Football Playoff competitors in that game, but they haven’t since and now sit at 4-5 after a blowout loss at South Carolina.
Bowl eligibility is still very much in question, but Florida should be able to get halfway there this weekend with FCS Samford coming to town. The Bulldogs, who sit at 4-5, aren’t a particularly good FCS team, though they have a good offense highlighted by a run game that averages more than 150 yards per game.
That could make things difficult for a UF defense that has struggled against the run, and it will be interesting to see how the unit fares in its first game without Todd Grantham at the helm. Still, Samford has a turnover-prone quarterback in Liam Welch, who has thrown 13 interceptions this year, and its defense has struggled a lot. Florida could very well have difficulties in upcoming matchups against Missouri and FSU, but the Gators should be alright in this one.
Florida 38, Samford 14