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Defense will give the lightly regarded Florida Gators at fighting chance

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Here’s a little secret about the Florida Gators. In their best years, it turns out, the Gators have a gift for playing defense, too. Oh, no one talks about it, of course, not at Touchdown U. Here, the quarterbacks are outside of the stadium as statues, and the conversation on everyone’s lips is whether new coach Jim McElwain can restore the offense. Who will be the quarterback? Where are the playmakers? What’s the play call going to be on third-and-nine?…

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ESPN thinks that FSU, Florida will both be mediocre in 2015

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For the past few weeks, there have been various preseason polls and rankings about what to expect, and most of the polls expect that FSU will win the ACC and that Florida will be just another team in the SEC. ESPN is even more harsh on the state’s prospects. It has FSU and coach Jimbo Fisher ranked third in the ACC behind Clemson and Georgia Tech. The University of Miami it has ranked eighth. In the SEC, it has Florida…

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For Gators, the burning questions begin at quarterback

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Say this for Jim McElwain. The new Florida coach is a happy enough guy. Despite inheriting a University of Florida football team that has been mediocre for a while, despite a difficult schedule and despite meager expectations, McElwain is an enternal good mood. He talks about his team having “15 opportunities” to play this fall, which would include a playoff and a national title game. Along the way, however, McElwain has some questions to answer. Here they are, then. The…

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Can the Gators upset enough teams to get into the Top 25 rankings?

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It is his first go-round. Everyone at Florida knows that about new coach Jim McElwain. He is just getting started in repairing the damage, and his quarterback is new, and there are’t enough playmakers, and the offensive line is thin. Everyone at Florida knows all about that, too. The schedule is fierce and the expectations are low. But for the University of the Florida, where the expectations are always high, the question never changes: Can the Gators at least finish…

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Gators gamble with pledge from backup quarterback Kyle Trask

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The Gators got a quarterback. But are they shooting high enough? Often, the University of Florida pursues Parade All-Americans, or five-star prospects. Usually, they try to pick a guy out of the most prestigious college camps. They outrecruit LSU and Alabama and Georgia for his services. This time, they got a commitment from Kyle Trask. He’s the second bast quarterback on his high school team. Huh? Trask, from Manvel High School near Houston, Texas, pledged to the Gators after attending…

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Florida’s Jim McElwain isn’t saying who his quarterback will be yet

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Wherever he goes, it is the question on everyone’s mind. The receivers? They’ll be OK. The defense? It will take care of itself. The running backs? The running backs will be fine. But for Jim McElwain, the head coach at Florida, it starts with a simple enough question. Who’s the quarterback? McElwain isn’t saying, of course. He visited the sets of ESPN’s College Football, of SportsCenter and of The Colin Cowherd Show, and in each case he played the competition…

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Gators get only one vote to win SEC title; picked for 5th in East

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One vote? Out of 224, the Gators got one vote? If the media who attended the SEC media days are correct, it will be another so-so year in Gainesville this year. The media gave 96 votes to Auburn to win the SEC title and 80 to Alabama to win the SEC West. Georgia had 28 votes to be the top pick in the SEC East. For Florida, that might dampen some of the enthusiasm that comes with a new head…

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