The Florida Gators had hoped to get off to a fast start in Saturday’s game against the Idaho Vandals. Ironically, they did get a big kick return from the aptly named Valdez Showers before lightning and rain forced the postponement of the game.
Whether that game will ever be resumed or not remains to be seen. Florida must now focus on this week’s game against Eastern Michigan, which will become the default season opener for Will Muschamp and his team.
Perhaps no team needed an easy win in a season opener more than the Gators, who were 4-8 last year during an injury-riddled campaign. Muschamp and his staff hoped to put that disaster behind them and move forward. But Mother Nature had other ideas.
Now, Florida will face an Eastern Michigan team that is coming off of a 31-28 win over FCS opponent Morgan State. EMU won only two games last season and is under the direction of a new head coach, Chris Creighton.
Florida needs to get on the field and needs to get a win to start the healing process. Before the opener, Muschamp had talked about how good quarterback Jeff Driskel had played in the scheme of new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. All of the Gators had talked about how last season was a fluke. And all of the Gators wanted to blow out Idaho in the opener, only to see that chance be denied.
The Gators need to move on as soon as possible, and they hope that will be this Saturday against Eastern Michigan. It can’t come soon enough for Muschamp and his team.
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.
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