FAU psyched for showdown with Florida

By Adam Silverstein
August 27, 2011

College football returns exactly seven days from now for the Florida Gators. Adjusting to an entirely new coaching staff including different schemes on both offense and defense, Florida has been concentrating on getting the playbook down all summer and just began scheming for their first opponent, the Florida Atlantic Owls late last week.

Four hours south in Boca Raton, FL, Florida Atlantic has taken the opposite approach. The Owls are once again under the stewardship of head coach Howard Schnellenberger. Though he will retire at the end of the season, Schnellenberger has had Florida Atlantic preparing for their big-name opponent for months.

“I watched film all summer,” safety Demetrius Williamson told the Sun-Sentinel. “I don’t know everything they do, but I am getting an idea of what they do and how they are going to attack us.”

He added that the team learned head coach Urban Meyer’s Gators teams “would formation you to death,” but new head coach Will Muschamp has a different strategy. “I feel like they are going to get it to their playmakers and let them play ball,” he added.

Defensive tackle Jarvis Givens indicated to the paper that FAU is playing up the underdog aspect of the contest with the team feeling that it can compete head-to-head with Florida.

“It is just like the difference between a Cadillac Escalade and an Avalanche,” he said. “It is just a name. You pay an extra 20 to 30 grand for a name, but it is all built on the same platform of hard work.”

The Gators defeated the Owls 59-20 in 2007 and held them scoreless in the first, third and fourth quarters. Florida Atlantic was successful moving the ball, totaling 384 yards of offense, and held onto the it longer than Florida (31:40-28:20) in the contest.

The two teams will square off at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL on Sat., Sept. 3 at 7:00 p.m. The game will air live on ESPNU.


  1. GatorCooken says:

    I’d be curious to see what film they’re watching. They’re welcome to watch as much as they want of last years, I’m (hoping) it will be a whole different story now.

  2. wingtee says:

    Maybe the spring game ?

  3. Kd says:

    “It is just like the difference between a Cadillac Escalade and an Avalanche,” he said. “It is just a name. You pay an extra 20 to 30 grand for a name, but it is all built on the same platform of hard work.”

    No, that would be Miami.

  4. El Meester says:


  5. Basshole says:

    I think we have a different team than last year, but after watching that Miami (OH) debacle last year I wouldn’t look past any team. I can’t wait to see how this team, especially the defensive front seven play.

  6. DRU2012 says:

    As noted by GatorCooken, they’re welcome to prepare for last year’s team AND scheme (if you can call anything that Addazio did a “scheme”)–I too am interested in what “film” they’ve been viewing. We’re a different team I think (HOPE) in so many ways, but Basshole’s right, not wise to look past ANYONE, especially after that Miami-Ohio game (remember, though, THAT team turned out to be the class of its own conference and normal competition level).
    Considering their coach, their players (these are Florida guys, after all–just ones missing the grades and/or enough “stars” to get full-ride offers at one of the “Big 3 or 4”), and months of aiming at us alone, I figure they may play us tough for at least the first quarter to quarter-and-half. Then we OUGHT to be able to exert our will, begin to pull away.

  7. GatorKen says:

    I’m hoping through film FAU has decided that on defense they will sprint 20 yards behind the line and try to fall on the bouncing snap. Or defend the dive play. That should cover about 80% of last years game film. 😀

  8. Gatormiami says:

    I’d call it 80%

  9. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Seriously?! The kid thinks FAU is a a Chevy Avalanche and UF is a Cadillac? Need to take that $30k and add about 6 zeros…

  10. npgator says:

    More like a beat down than a show down!

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