The Florida Gators are coming off an 11-win season under Will Muschamp in 2012 and could be on their way to yet another BCS bowl in 2013. The head coach has led this team to an 18-8 record over the past two seasons as head coach and they could be on their way to another top-10 finish.
On the other side of the field, the Toledo Rockets finished the 2012 season with a 9-4 mark and an appearance, yet loss, in the Idaho Potato Bowl. Head coach Matt Campbell led the Rockets to their second straight 9-4 campaign in his first season as the team’s lead man.
Florida’s offense was less than impressive in 2012 with Jeff Driskel under center. In fact, it ranked 103 nationally in total offense and 76th nationally in points per game. Moral of the story, they need some big time help on that side of the ball — a far-cry from the Urban Meyer days when the teams would score in bunches. They are returning just five guys on offense and just one skill player outside of Driskel.
Toledo’s offense was pretty solid, on the other hand, in 2012. Averaging 445 yards and 31.5 points per game, this team had its second-best offensive unit in the past five seasons. Returning is starting quarterback Terrance Ownens and starting tailback David Fluellen. These guys are a solid combination that cover both aspects of the offense.
The defenses are a different story. Toledo runs out there a pretty mediocre squad that gave up nearly 500 yards of total offense per game in 2012. On the other hand, Florida allowed just 287.5 yards of total offense per game. two extreme sides of the spectrum.
The Toledo Rockets will be traveling to Florida to take on the Gators at 12:21 p.m. EST on Saturday, Aug. 31. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.
PREDICTION: Toledo 14, Florida 27