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Florida Football: Schedule Preview for 2014

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The Florida Gators are coming off of a horrible season that they would like to forget in a hurry. After all, the team isn’t known for going 4-8 in a season. Missing out on a bowl will not go well for head coach Will Muschamp, so hopefully the Gators have a very quick turnaround. With that in mind, we preview Florida’s schedule for the 2014 college football season.

Aug. 30: Idaho

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Aug. 30: Idaho

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Florida shouldn’t have any problem winning this game. Idaho is coming off of a 1-11 season and this contest will be played in Gainesville. Call it a very nice tuneup game that will make Florida feel pretty good to start off the season.

Sept. 6: Eastern Michigan

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Sept. 6: Eastern Michigan

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This should be another easy victory for the Gators. With the schedule that they have, they need all the easy wins they can get. Eastern Michigan won two games last season, folks.

Sept. 13: Kentucky

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Sept. 13: Kentucky

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Florida’s first SEC game of the season will be played against Kentucky. Assuming QB Jeff Driskel is running the offense well by this point, and assuming Florida’s game in general is much better than last year, beating the Wildcats at home should not be a problem. Is beating the Wildcats at home ever a problem? Is beating the Wildcats anywhere ever a problem? No and no.

Sept. 20: @Alabama

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Sept. 20: @Alabama

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Alabama is very, very good and Florida has seen much better days. The Crimson Tide will have a new quarterback this season, but that does not mean they won’t contend for another title. Add in the fact that this game is played at home for Nick Saban's team, and the Gators will need more than a miracle to pull off the upset. But hey, at least they should be undefeated heading into this matchup.

Oct. 4: @Tennessee

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Oct. 4: @Tennessee

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This was once a classic rivalry, but it has been pretty one-sided in Florida’s favor as of late. Let’s just put it this way, the Gators had four wins all of last season, and one of those wins was against the Volunteers by the score of 31-17. With that in mind, this matchup will be played at Tennessee’s home.

Oct. 11: LSU

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Oct. 11: LSU

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Good news: Florida always seems to play LSU tough. More Good news: This game will be played at The Swamp. Bad news: The Tigers are supposed to be really good this season.

Oct. 18: Missouri

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Oct. 18: Missouri

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The Missouri Tigers had a very impressive 2013-14 season, but they lose a bunch of talent for the 2014-15 season. That just means the Gators will have a legit shot at winning this contest. If not, then they could end up having a losing record in the SEC, which could mean bad things for Muschamp.

Nov.1: Georgia (neutral field)

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Nov.1: Georgia (neutral field)

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Like Alabama, Georgia will have a new quarterback in the upcoming season. This game will be played on a neutral field, and, as usual, the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party should be fun to watch. Even last year the two teams dueled it out — Bulldogs won 23-20.

Nov. 8: @Vanderbilt

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Nov. 8: @Vanderbilt

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Here is a game that the Gators need to have. Florida doesn’t lose to Vanderbilt very often, but last year was the exception. Lighting doesn’t strike twice, Gator fans. So you can expect Florida to get the W in the upcoming season. Yes, Florida will be on the road, but Vandy loses quite a bit in 2014. That includes its head coach.

Nov.15: South Carolina

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Nov.15: South Carolina

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The only thing fans can feel confident about in this matchup is the fact that it is played at Florida. Other than that, South Carolina is entering the season as the much better team. It is really that simple.

Nov. 22: Eastern Kentucky

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Nov. 22: Eastern Kentucky

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This will be a much easier opponent for the Gators. That is a huge plus since Florida could be coming off of a loss to the Gamecocks. Oh yeah, it will also have to take on the defending national champs in the season finale… on the road. But hey, at least the Gators should have no problem with Eastern Kentucky.

Nov. 29 @Florida State

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Nov. 29 @Florida State

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If Florida can pull off one upset in the upcoming season, I am sure fans are hoping that it will be against the Florida State Seminoles. Last year wasn’t pretty for the Gators (lost 37-7 against FSU), but this isn’t last year. Miracles happen and dreams come true. Unfortunately, Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston will be back, and Florida State will be the heavy favorites going into this game.

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.