Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather: 69°F (feels like 71°F), showers (50%), winds ENE at 12 mph
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
TV: SEC Network – alternate channel (Allen Bestwick, Chris Doering, Kayce Smith)
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|FLORIDA GATORS||EKU COLONELS|
|Head Coach: Will Muschamp||Head Coach: Dean Hood|
|Record: 5-4||Record: 9-2|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Ohio Valley|
Friday Final: Preparing for an emotional Senior Day in The Swamp
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QUICK GAME NOTES
» Florida and Eastern Kentucky have never met before on the gridiron.
» The Gators are 22-7 against unranked opponents under Muschamp and 13-5 against unranked SEC teams during his tenure after losing to LSU, Missouri and South Carolina – at home – this season.
» Florida had lost six-straight games against top 25 opponents until beating Georgia this season. UF is 5-13 against ranked opponents under Muschamp.
» Five of the Gators’ nine games this season have been decided by six points or fewer.
INJURIES AND ABSENCES
» Probable (2): Sophomore safety Keanu Neal (high ankle), freshman defensive back Duke Dawson (turf toe)
» Out (8): Redshirt senior linebacker Neiron Ball (knee – season), sophomore LB Jarrad Davis (knee – season), redshirt senior tight end Jake McGee (leg – season), junior RB Mark Herndon (ACL – season), freshman defensive back J.C. Jackson (shoulder – season), freshman DT Thomas Holley (hip – season)
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Well, Muschamp has already lost his job and the Gators are completely out of contention for a league crown, so there are only two things still at stake for Florida this season: pride and bowl eligibility. The Gators, despite all their problems, should have no problem beating the Colonels on Saturday, so the pride aspect will be determined by how they play in the game. Bowl eligibility will come automatically with a victory, and it will be a return to a postseason game for Florida after the program missed it in 2013 for the first time in 25 years. For as much vitriol as fans have flung about Muschamp, he is still a hometown guy who will be leading his hometown team for the last time in his hometown stadium. This will be a special occasion for all involved, and a victory would be great for both the head coach and the seniors not playing on Florida Field again.
The Gators have struggled in this game in recent years, going to the wire against Louisiana-Lafayette two years ago and actually falling to Georgia Southern in 2013. Therefore, Eastern Kentucky has to enter this contest feeling like it has a chance for a monumental upset of Florida. There is nothing truly on the line for an EKU, so they can put it all out there on the field against UF without needing to worry about consequences. It will be tough for the Colonels to pull the upset against a Gators team that has proven to have some strengths this season.