By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on August 18, 2014
The 2014 season will be an important one for the Florida Gators. Following an embarrassing 4-8 record that included seven straight losses to end the season, the Gators need to bounce back this year in order to save Will Muschamp's job, but the problem is they face another difficult schedule. Florida's 2014 schedule will be a huge challenge for them, and here are five must-watch games.
The SEC is doing Florida no favors by making one of their crossover games a trip to Tuscaloosa. Few will expect the Gators to win this game, but they should enter the game 3-0, and playing Alabama on the road will be a good measuring stick for how good they are this season. If they can somehow win, Florida will make a statement that last year was just a fluke.
This could be one of the most important games on the Gators' schedule, as it could be tough for them to compete in the SEC East if they can't win at least one of their crossover games. This is also a great opportunity for Florida to get a marquee win that can help Will Muschamp save his job, even if the Gators don't win the SEC East.
Despite their recent struggles, the Gators have owned this rivalry, and they need to make sure that continues when they invade Neyland Stadium. The Vols should be improved from last season, and they'll be more than capable of knocking off Florida at home. If the Gators lose this game, things could snowball into a disastrous season, so this is a critical game for Florida.
Fans on both sides of this rivalry never miss this game, and they always want to win it, but it's far more important for Florida to win this year. The games have been close, but the Gators have lost three in a row, and beating Georgia is something Will Muschamp will have to do to keep his job.
Of course, this game will also have major implications in the SEC East race, which is just another subplot that makes this a must-watch game.
The Gators probably aren't going to win the SEC East, but they can salvage their season if they're able to knock off their in-state rivals the final week of the season. The Seminoles will likely have a lot to play for at season's end, giving Florida the chance to play spoiler, which should get them fired up to play this must-watch game.
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