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Florida reopens football schedule against the Minutemen

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They’re called the Minutemen.

Roughly speaking, that’s about how long UMass should be in Saturday’s game against the University of Florida.

Oh, it’s still opening day for the Gators, what with a new quarterback (Luke Del Rio) and an old friend (Steve Spurrier, playing the role of Mr. Two Bits). And, like most football fans, Florida’s faithful don’t mind winning 52-7.

What does it say about the season to come? Probably nothing. The SEC Country website predicts an 8-4 record with losses to LSU, Georgia, Arkansas and Tennessee (but a win over FSU).

For now, Gator fans will get accustomed to linebacker Jarrad Davis and transfer running back Mark Thompson. They have hope for an offense that finished 2015 poorly. The defense should be good again.

Besides, after UMass, it gets tougher. Florida plays Kentucky on Sept. 10 and Tennessee on Sept. 24. By the time October arrives, we should know about the Gators.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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