Florida Gators Must Fix Offensive Issues

By Tim Letcher
John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Florida Gators came up short Saturday, falling to the Miami Hurricanes 21-16 in Coral Gables. Offensive woes continue to plague the Gators, as they did much of last season.

The good news, if there is any after a loss, is that the Gators did move the ball on offense against Miami. Florida had 413 yards of total offense in the game. And while that is not an eye-popping number by any means, it’s pretty good for a team that is limited offensively.

However, the big problem on Saturday was turnovers. Florida fumbled four times, losing three of those. Gator quarterback Jeff Driskel also had two interceptions in the game, which counteracted his 291 yards passing.

Heading into the season, it was obvious that the Gators would win with defense, much like they did last season. And the defense was solid on Saturday, allowing Miami only 212 total yards with just 50 yards rushing. However, the Gator defense was faced with short fields on multiple occasions, which makes it difficult on any defense.

Florida has an open date this week, and head coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease must find a way for this offense to become more efficient and less turnover-prone. The offense also must take better advantage of their scoring chances.

After the open week, Florida faces three teams it should beat, the Tennessee Volunteers, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Plus, two of those three (Tennessee and Arkansas) are at home in the Swamp. Florida must use this stretch of games to get things fixed before the schedule gets tougher in October and November.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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