For the first time since 1990, the Florida Gators will not be playing in a bowl game. In what has become a disastrous season in Gainesville, the Gators lost to FCS opponent Georgia Southern on Saturday at the Swamp.
Changes are surely coming to the Florida staff. There is much speculation about what Will Muschamp can do to keep his own head above water. It seems likely that offensive coordinator Brent Pease will be let go after Saturday’s game. There could be other changes as well.
In addition to making these changes, there is one big thing that the Gators could do to gain some momentum heading into next season. And that is, in Saturday’s game against the second-ranked Florida State Seminoles, the Gators could prove that they can still go toe-to-toe with college football’s best. Beating FSU is probably not going to happen, especially with the number of injuries that Florida has suffered this season. But playing well against a big time team, in front of a home crowd, could give Muschamp a boost heading into the offseason.
The other thing that Muschamp could do in Saturday’s game is to mix things up a bit and have some fun. The Gators will be an overwhelming underdog, so why not run some trick plays and come up with some things that the Seminoles are not expecting. All of the pressure in this game is on Florida State, so Muschamp and his team should play that way.
Muschamp prefers a methodical, slow-paced, conservative offense, but if were to open things up against FSU, even if the Gators were blown out, at least it might be fun to watch. And that would be a first for the Florida offense this season.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.