SEC Football Preview: South Florida at Florida

Florida-South Florida football preview

Florida faces South Florida on Saturday in Gainesville. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

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Team Schedules/Results

Florida

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/03 Utah W 29-26 Home
09/10 Kentucky L 16-26 Home
09/17 S Florida 7:30 pm Home
09/24 Tennessee 12:00 pm Away
10/01 E Washingtn 12:00 pm Home
10/08 Missouri 8:00 pm Home
10/15 LSU 8:00 pm Home
10/29 Georgia 3:30 pm Neutral
11/05 Texas A&M 1:00 pm Away
11/12 S Carolina 12:00 pm Home
11/19 Vanderbilt 12:00 pm Away
11/25 Florida St 7:30 pm Away

South Florida

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/03 BYU L 21-50 Home
09/10 Howard W 42-20 Home
09/17 Florida 7:30 pm Away
09/24 Louisville 12:00 pm Away
10/01 E Carolina 12:00 pm Home
10/08 Cincinnati 8:00 pm Away
10/15 Tulane 8:00 pm Home
10/29 Houston 8:00 pm Away
11/05 Temple 1:00 pm Away
11/12 S Methodist 12:00 pm Home
11/18 Tulsa 9:00 pm Away
11/26 Central FL 12:00 pm Home

College Football Ratings

Rating Florida South Florida
ESPN FPI 37 110
Sagarin 35 142
Massey Composite 31 110
PiRate Ratings 45 90

Key Stats

Stat Florida South Florida
Total Offense 365.0 358.5
Rushing Offense 209.5 163.0
Passing Offense 155.5 195.5
Team Passing Eff. 90.04 108.35
Scoring Offense 22.5 31.5
Total Defense 359.0 495.5
Rushing Defense 150.0 240.0
Pass Yards Allowed 209.0 255.5
Team Pass Eff. Def. 129.84 142.8
Scoring Defense 26.0 35.0
Turnover Margin -0.5 1.0
3rd Down Conv. Pct 0.393 0.250
4th Down Conv. Pct 0.600 0.600
3rd Down Conv. % Def. 0.462 0.533
4th Down Conv. % Def. 0.000 0.500
Red Zone Offense 1.000 0.857
Red Zone Defense 0.700 0.750
Net Punting 42.38 37.4
Punt Returns 0.5 7.0
Kickoff Returns 16.8 26.8
First Downs Offense 35 32
First Downs Defense 42 51
Fewest Penalties/Game 5.0 3.0
Fewest Penalty Yards/Game 33.0 32.5

Players to Watch

Florida

QB Anthony Richardson, LB Brenton Cox, DL Gervin Dexter, OL Kingsley Eguakun, LB Ventrell Miller, OL O’Cyrus Torrence, RB Nay’Quan Wright, DB Trey Dean III, LS Marco Ortiz.

South Florida

QB Gerry Bohanon, WR Xavier Weaver, RB Jaren Mangham, RB Brian Battie, DB Jayden Curry, DL Jatorian Hansford, LB Dwayne Boyles, PK Spencer Shrader.

Injuries

Florida

[WR] 08/24/2022 – Ricky Pearsall is probable Saturday vs Utah (Upper Body)
[QB] 08/24/2022 – Jack Miller III is out indefinitely (Thumb)

South Florida

[RB] 08/17/2022 – Kelley Joiner Jr. is out indefinitely (Foot)
(!)[QB] 08/22/2022 – Gerry Bohanon has been named the starter Saturday vs BYU (None)

Source: statfox.com

Florida vs. South Florida Football Series History

Florida leads 2-0

Comments

The honeymoon is over for Billy Napier. Losing to Kentucky in football is frowned upon at the University of Florida. The Gators have to figure out how to get a little better in just about every area. Converting on just 25 percent of third downs is a recipe for losing. Conversely, allowing opposing offenses to convert on 50 percent of third downs is tough on a team’s winning prospects. We need to keep in mind though that Florida has probably had the two toughest 2022 opening games of any SEC team. All that said the Gators should roll on Saturday.

14Powers Preseason Prediction

South Florida 20, Florida 28

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Florida 35, South Florida 10

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET. You can watch this SEC football game on the SECN Network.

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