Florida Gators at No. 24 Auburn Tigers Gameday

By Adam Silverstein
October 15, 2011

Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium – Auburn, AL [Capacity: 87,451]
Weather Forecast: 71°F, clear, winds W at 4 mph
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)

TV: ESPN/ESPNHD
SiriusXM: 91
Online Video: ESPN3.com
Live Updates: @OnlyGators

FLORIDA GATORS (24) AUBURN TIGERS
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Gene Chizik
Record: 4-2 (2-2) Record: 4-2 (2-1)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida -3; O/U 50.5

HOMEWORK

Need to catch up on the Gators before week four action? No problem. OGGOA has been here all week compiling a ton of information so you can do your homework on the team before its next exam Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. on the road.

Story: QB Brissett earns second start at Auburn
Notes: RB Gillislee to see increased workload, might start at Auburn

Muschamp’s presser | Weis comments on offense | Quinn comments on defense

HISTORY and STREAKS

» Auburn leads the all-time series against Florida 42-38-2, and the Tigers have won consecutive contests against the Gators. However, Florida has a 7-3 record the last 10 times the teams have played, and Auburn has a 25-8-1 advantage in home games.
» Each of the last four games in the UF-AU series have been decided in the final minute; the Tigers have won three of those four contests.
» In their four victories, the Gators are outscoring opponents 54-3 in the first quarter, while in their losses they have been outscored 24-10. UF has also scored on their opening drive in four of six games.
» Florida has half as many upperclassmen (19 seniors, 16 juniors) as they do underclassmen (34 sophomores, 33 freshmen) on the roster the season.
» Muschamp was a former graduate assistant and defensive coordinator at Auburn. Defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson played with the Tigers from 1999-02 and began his coaching career as a student and graduate assistant at AU.
» The Gators had a 100-yard rusher in four-straight games to start the season, the team’s second-longest streak ever, before failing to accomplish that feat in each of the last two weeks against two of the country’s best defenses.
» Though Florida is 20-for-22 (90.9 percent) in red zone conversions, the Gators have only scored touchdowns on 11 of those opportunities.
» UF’s offensive line has only allowed six sacks through six games, making them second in the SEC team and 24th nationally allowing just one sack per contest.
» The Gators not forced a turnover in two weeks after acquiring four in their previous game and seven total over the first four weeks of the season.
» Florida’s pass defense is allowing just 176.0 yards per game, good for fourth in the SEC and 12th nationally.
» The Gators defense has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (311) since 2000. Florida also has the most interceptions in the nation (72) since 2008.
» UF’s defense is 12th in the nation in preventing third-down conversions, allowing just 30.8 percent of those attempted to be successful.
» Florida is No. 11 nationally and fifth in the SEC in total defense (291.0 yards per game). The Gators are also No. 20 nationally and third in the SEC in scoring defense (19.2 points per game).
» Auburn is 9-0 in games decided by four points or less (5-0 in SEC action) under Chizik and 19-2 when leading at halftime.
» Since 2000, the Tigers are 23-4 (.852) at home in night games.
» AU has an 11-game home winning streak.
» Florida leads Auburn in three of four major statistical categories. The Gators top the Tigers in national averages of passing yards 186.3-170.7 (98th-106th), point scored 30.3-27.8 (53rd-65th) and points against 19.2-29.2 (20th-79th), while Auburn leads Florida in rushing yards 204.0-194.0 (27th-30th). The teams both defeated Florida Atlantic at home this year with UF winning 41-3 and AU earning a 30-14 victory.

LAST TIME OUT

Florida and Auburn have not squared off since 2007, when a last-second 43-yard field goal by AU kicker Wes Bynum lead the Tigers to a 20-17 upset of the No. 4 Gators at home in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Auburn handed Florida its first loss of the season (and first loss in The Swamp under Urban Meyer) while simultaneously snapping UF’s 11-game winning streak. The Tigers jumped ahead early and led 14-0 at the half. By the time the third quarter ended, the Gators were still down by 14 points, 17-3. However, consecutive touchdowns in the fourth quarter – a pass from quarterback Tim Tebow to tight end Cornelius Ingram and a rushing score by Tebow – tied the game with just over seven minutes to play. Auburn got the ball back with 3:38 remaining and drove it 35 yards down the field on 10 plays to seal the victory with Bynum’s kick.

ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY

Aside from the first hour of GameDay being hosted by Florida alum and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, the Gators and Tigers will only be featured as a mention and during the picks segment on Saturday’s broadcast from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

INJURIES / ABSENCES
[EXPAND Click to expand and read the remainder of OGGOA’s Gameday Preview!]FLORIDA
» Inactive: Redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley (lower leg), sophomore Buck linebacker Ronald Powell (neck), redshirt junior cornerback Jeremy Brown (knee)

PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

FLORIDA
» Freshman quarterback Jacoby Brissett (#17)…who will start his second one again for injured redshirt senior John Brantley (#12). Brissett, who had not played a down in his college career until he was named the starter one week ago, went 8/14 for 94 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions against LSU. Fellow freshman QB Jeff Driskel (#16) may also see time behind center. Driskel was the backup to Brantley all season but was unable to play last week due to an ankle injury.
» Junior running back Mike Gillislee (#23)…who will see extensive playing time against Auburn and may even earn a start. Gillislee led Florida in rushing last week and is third on the team with 242 yards and rushing touchdowns. He set career-highs in carries (11) and rushing yards (84) in separate games this season.
» Redshirt senior RB Chris Rainey (#1)…who has 712 yards of total offense this season with five touchdowns (including a punt block return). Rainey is averaging 5.4 yards per carry and 15.3 yards per reception and leads Florida in rushing and receiving this season. He became the first player in school history to have a rushing, receiving and return touchdown in the same game, achieved the school and SEC record for career punt blocks (five), and is the active leader in that category nationally. He also rushed for 100 yards or more in three-straight games, the first UF player to do so since Fred Taylor last accomplished that feat 14 years ago.
» Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Andre Debose (#4)…who jumped to second on the Gators’ receiving list with mirror image 65-yard touchdowns in each of the last two weeks. Fans have been waiting for Debose to emerge for some time, and his 219 receiving yards are the second-best on the team through its first six games.
» Sophomore RB Trey Burton (#8)…who took many direct snaps last week after primarily serving as a receiver and running back in the team’s first five games. Burton is being used to help fill the void at the quarterback position created by Brantley’s injury.
» Sophomore safety Matt Elam (#22)…who is the most valuable member of Florida’s secondary in only his second year. He is tied for second on the team in tackles (34) and at one point created turnovers in three-straight games (fumble-INT-INT). His 12 tackles against LSU one week ago marked a career high.
» Defensive tackles sophomore Dominique Easley (#2) and redshirt senior Jaye Howard (#6)…who have solidified the interior of one of the Gators’ strongest units. Howard is the team’s most experienced player on defense (23 starts), while Easley may be its most dynamic off the snap, with a first-step raved about by teammates and coaches alike. Howard and Easley have combined for 8.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks (Howard) through the first six games.
» Linebackers junior Jon Bostic (#52) and redshirt sophomore will linebacker Jelani Jenkins (#3)…who are 1-2 on the team in tackles. Bostic (42) and Jenkins (34) have each excelled in different areas for Florida. The former has five tackles for a loss and three sacks while the latter has one sack and four pass breakups on the year.
» Redshirt junior kicker Caleb Sturigs (#19)…who has returned for Florida after missing eight games one year ago with an injured back. He is 13-for-14 in field goal attempts on the season (long: 51) and is perfect with 19 extra points, leading the Gators with 58 points scored this season. Sturgis is tied for the national lead with 13 field goals made.

AUBURN
» RB Michael Dyer (#5)…who is one of the best backs in the nation with a propensity for making game-changing plays. Dyer is averaging 5.5 yards per carry and has rushed for 679 yards with eight touchdowns this season. He has run for more than 110 yards in four of six games and has scored at least one touchdown in five of six contests.
» WR Emory Blake (#80)…who is the Tigers’ position leader in receptions (19), yards (333) and touchdowns (four). Blake caught a touchdown in each of Auburn’s first four games but was held to just three receptions for 16 yards last week at South Carolina.
» Defensive end Corey Lemonier (#55)…who has registered five tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble over the last three games. He is also the team’s leader in all three categories with seven, four and two, respectively.
» Punter Steven Clark (#30)…who leads the SEC and is T-1 nationally with 20 punts downed inside the 20-yard-line this season. Clark is averaging 39.7 net yards per punt.
» QB Barrett Trotter (#14)…who started hot but has struggled as of late for the Tigers. After combining for five touchdowns and one interception in the first two games of the season, Trotter has thrown four scores and five picks in the last four contests. He has not topped 200 yards passing since the team’s season opener against Utah State and nearly lost his job after going just 6/19 for 81 yards last week.[/EXPAND]

18 Comments

  1. Basshole says:

    Big game tonight. It will be a tough road test, but if we can force Dyer into an average game I think there is a legitimate shot at a win. Go Gators!

  2. scooterp says:

    We sure aren’t getting the respect. I know we lost, badly, 2 weeks in a row, but it was against the 2 best teams in the country for christ sakes. Oregon gets hammered by LSU just as bad and people are calling them Nat’l title contenders. We get beat back to back weekends by the same teams and everyone says the wheels are coming off. I know the first 2 games were against cupcakes, but we thumped Kentucky and dominated Tennessee, who will probably finish 8-4 at seasons end. I’m disappointed in the losses too, but I’m sorry, we don’t suck.

    • Basshole says:

      I like the positivity, scooterp! A win would go along way to gaining back respectability. People tend to overreact, if we lose this one, I’m pretty sure people are going to freak out even more. If we get a win here and against UGA, we are right were we should be. We still control our destiny and their isn’t any team in the SEC east that really scares me.

  3. cline says:

    GO GATORS! get it!

  4. Gator John says:

    My hope is that the D-line comes out pissed off and ready to prove how good they are. Offense should be fine. I expect Gillislee to put up some big numbers. Go Gators!!!

  5. Ken (CA) says:

    I dunno what they do at practice, but they are making the same silly mental mistakes today that they have the last 2 weeks…Very painful to watch self destructing week after week!

  6. Luke says:

    We can’t stop these undisciplined penalties and I’m about tired of seeing Muschamp chew out officials and not his team. Rainey should have gotten an ear full for giving up on the play without a whistle. Unbelievably undisciplined for a senior leader. We’ve got a long way to go…

  7. Luke says:

    Driskel in for what reason? Third and 18 and a run play? Muffed punt? What on earth happened in the locker room during half time?

  8. Ken (CA) says:

    atrocious..incompetent, inept, inconceivable…..Whatever happened to Gillislee has earned more playing time? when he got it (all of 4 times) he churned out good yardage.

    Don’t blame this on the freshman QBs, this was a completely incompetent effort in almost all phases, coaching, offense, special teams. Only the defense finally looked pretty good other than a couple of breakdowns. Of course that was against a very mediocre offensive line and they still had trouble pressuring the QB, their QB just were mostly bad, too

  9. Gator John says:

    wow…just….wow.
    I know the coaches are much smarter than I am, but I hope they reconsider ever letting Rainey return a pint again. I don’t think he has actually returned one this year has he? He is either running away from them or dropping them. If all he is ever going to do is fair catch it, let someone with better hands do it.
    I also think we have too much east-west running going on. I know they want to get the speed around the corners, but it doesn’t look like we have the blocking to make that work.
    Finally, I am hopeful JB will be ready after the bye week. We need him more than any of us thought we would at the beginning of the season.

  10. jay d says:

    6 points is unacceptable…. I blame this loss on the coaches….this was a very winnable game…bringing Driskel in the game was a poor decision….I am absolutly disgusted with the game management on offense…play calls were crap…all I gotta say is…..this is D-1 football and your at Florida…figure it out!!!…..thanx defense for doing your f__ing jobs tonight…the offense should be slaves to the players on D for the next two weeks..

  11. ocala gator says:

    I’m sick. This is the most undisciplined effort since Zook.
    We had hopes for Boom but we’re experiencing Bust…

  12. G8RGrad98 says:

    I wouldn’t be as upset if I had seen Gillislee in… All week you hear that Gillislee has earned his shot, yet we don’t see him getting meaningful, consistent carries. I don’t get it with this kid, he got the same treatment last year with Urban…
    This staff cannot keep giving Rainey the ball, what is he going to do carry the ball every single play. He’s not even really making any significant gains anymore, I don’t understand why things aren’t getting mixed up a bit more. Any sense of reasoning has completely left me after this game.
    I have to say, I do love Muschamp’s passion but he kinda scared me a bit tonight. He’s gonna cost the team yardage one day, or get kicked out of the game… If I could have found my remote I would have changed the channel since my 4 year old was listening to “this is b…s…” over and over…. Ughhh, I’m frustrated & tired, but I do love the promise I see in our freshman QBs. I can’t wait for John to come back though!!!!

    • G8RGrad98 says:

      And I’m depressed, 3 in a row!!!!!! That just sucks…

      • g8ter27 says:

        Muschamp really has to get a hold of some of this crap. He looks like a clown out there after yelling at every official on the field a dozen or more times a game. Asked about Gillisliee not getting but 3 touches…”we weren’t getting any production out of our running game.” WTF Will?

        • jay d says:

          I truly hope that’s not what he said…cause wow…if this doesn’t get turned around imediately..muscchamp will have a short stay in gainseville..I don’t care about losses when a team is rebuilding….but I do care about showing improvement and promise for the future…what realy pisses me off is I think even steve addazio could have coacched a better game…if we lose to GA next week …I will officially be off the boom band wagon..

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