SEC Football Preview: Florida at Utah

Florida-Utah football game preview

Florida visits Utah on Thursday in Salt Lake City. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

By 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS (FIRST GAME)

Florida

Date Opponent Time TV
8/31 at Utah 8:00 PM ET ESPN
9/9 vs. McNeese 7:30 PM ET ESPNU
9/16 vs. Tennessee 7:00 PM ET ESPN
9/23 vs. Charlotte 7:00 PM ET ESP+
9/30 at Kentucky TBA
10/7 vs. Vanderbilt TBA
10/14 at South Carolina TBA
10/28 vs. Georgia* 3:30 PM ET CBS
11/4 vs. Arkansas TBA
11/11 at LSU TBA
11/18 at Missouri TBA
11/25 Florida State TBA
31-Aug at Utah 8:00 PM ET ESPN
9-Sep vs. McNeese 7:30 PM ET ESPNU
16-Sep vs. Tennessee 7:00 PM ET ESPN
23-Sep vs. Charlotte 7:00 PM ET ESP+
30-Sep at Kentucky TBA
7-Oct vs. Vanderbilt TBA
14-Oct at South Carolina TBA
28-Oct vs. Georgia* 3:30 PM ET CBS
4-Nov vs. Arkansas TBA
11-Nov at LSU TBA
18-Nov at Missouri TBA
25-Nov vs. 8 Florida State TBA

Utah

Date Opponent Time TV
31-Aug vs. Florida 8:00 PM ET ESPN
9-Sep at Baylor 12:00 PM ET ESPN
16-Sep vs. Weber State 2:00 PM ET PACN
23-Sep vs. UCLA TBA
29-Sep at Oregon State 9:00 PM ET FS1
14-Oct vs. California TBA
21-Oct at USC TBA
28-Oct vs. Oregon TBA
4-Nov vs. Arizona State TBA
11-Nov at Washington TBA
18-Nov at Arizona TBA
25-Nov vs. Colorado TBA

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Florida Utah
ESPN FPI 25 12
Sagarin 33 7
Massey Composite 34 10
PiRate Ratings 39 6

KEY STATS (2022, PER GAME)

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Utah
Florida
5
50
3
7
0.511
0.405
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Utah
Florida
14
128
1
14
0.315
0.497
4th Down Conversion Pct Utah
Florida
20
90
3
12
0.621
0.441
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Utah
Florida
12
32
2
6
0.367
0.435
Blocked Kicks Florida 72 10 1
Blocked Kicks Allowed Utah
Florida
1
103
1
12
0
3
Blocked Punts
Blocked Punts Allowed Utah
Florida
1
64
1
9
0
1
Completion Percentage Utah
Florida
30
114
7
13
0.646
0.544
Defensive TDs Utah
Florida
4
33
1
4
4
2
Fewest Penalties Utah
Florida
23
104
2
8
63
89
Fewest Penalties Per Game Utah
Florida
13
98
1
8
4.50
6.85
Fewest Penalty Yards Utah
Florida
29
54
3
4
563
651
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Utah
Florida
16
52
1
5
40.21
50.08
First Downs Defense Utah
Florida
17
115
1
13
221
296
First Downs Offense Utah
Florida
2
72
1
8
365
260
Fumbles Lost Florida
Utah
19
60
1
6
5
8
Fumbles Recovered Florida
Utah
2
12
1
1
15
12
Kickoff Return Defense Utah
Florida
83
85
7
8
21.31
21.38
Kickoff Returns Florida
Utah
34
65
4
6
21.70
20.00
Net Punting Florida
Utah
4
77
1
7
43.39
37.90
Passes Had Intercepted Florida
Utah
48
66
8
8
9
10
Passes Intercepted Utah
Florida
40
78
3
7
12
9
Passing Offense Utah
Florida
49
76
10
9
249.2
223.8
Passing Yards Allowed Utah
Florida
60
83
2
11
222.6
235.8
Passing Yards per Completion Florida
Utah
5
64
1
5
14.62
12.11
Punt Return Defense Utah
Florida
2
79
1
8
1.00
8.00
Punt Returns Florida
Utah
59
66
9
6
8.12
7.55
Red Zone Defense Florida
Utah
71
103
9
10
0.839
0.884
Red Zone Offense Utah
Florida
68
118
8
14
0.836
0.750
Rushing Defense Utah
Florida
17
99
2
12
111.4
175.2
Rushing Offense Utah
Florida
11
24
2
5
217.6
200.2
Sacks Allowed Utah
Florida
16
23
3
2
1.07
1.23
Scoring Defense Utah
Florida
26
86
2
10
21.4
28.8
Scoring Offense Utah
Florida
11
56
5
9
38.6
29.5
Tackles for Loss Allowed Utah
Florida
10
29
3
4
4.00
4.54
Team Passing Efficiency Utah
Florida
28
69
5
10
148.74
132.47
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Utah
Florida
83
86
5
12
134.83
135.24
Team Sacks Utah
Florida
13
97
1
10
2.93
1.77
Team Tackles for Loss Utah
Florida
41
79
1
9
6.4
5.4
Time of Possession Utah
Florida
6
81
1
10
33:40
29:03
Total Defense Utah
Florida
26
96
2
12
334.1
411.0
Total Offense Utah
Florida
17
36
5
7
466.9
424.1
Turnover Margin Florida
Utah
12
31
2
4
0.77
0.43
Turnovers Gained Florida
Utah
14
14
1
2
24
24
Turnovers Lost Florida
Utah
25
55
2
5
14
18
Winning Percentage Utah
Florida
19
73
5
10
0.714
0.462

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida

QB Graham Mertz, RB Trevor Etienne, WR Ricky Pearsall, OL Kingsley Eguakan, OL Austin Barber, DE Princely Umanmielen, DB Jason Marshall, P Jeremy Crawshaw.

Utah

QB Cameron Rising, RB Ja’Quinden Jackson, WR Devaughn Vele, OL Keaton Bills, DL Simote Pepa, LB Levani Damuni, DB Sione Vaki, P Jack Bouwmeester, K Cole Becker.

INJURIES

Florida


Player POS Status
C. Douglas WR Prob Thurs – Undisclosed
K. Eguakun OL Ques Thurs – Undisclosed
K. Zipperer TE Ques Thurs – Knee
R. Pearsall WR Ques Thurs – Illness
D. Zanders TE Ques Thurs – Lower Body
J. Miller III QB Ques Thurs – Shoulder
T. Chiaokhiao-Bowman WR Ques Thurs – Undisclosed
C. Carroll RB out for season – Knee
C. Jones OL Out indefinitely – Foot
J. Boone DL out for season – Knee

Utah


Player POS Status
B. Kuithe TE Probable Knee
B. Rose QB Questionable Undisclosed
C. Rising QB Probable Knee

Source: Covers.com

Florida vs. Utah Football Series History

Florida leads 2-0

COMMENTS

Florida pulled out a close win in Gainesville last season. This matchup will take place in Salt Lake City. Florida has a new quarterback in Wisconsin transfer Graham Mertz. The Gators will have to do without 2022 regular starter Anthony Richardson, who had a decent arm but great running ability. Florida might be able to pull out a win but it won’t be easy.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Florida 17, Utah 24

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Utah 31, Florida 21

Thursday‘s game kicks off at (8:00 PM ET). Watch this SEC football game on the ESPN Network.

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