Gators Take On Bowling Green To Open The Season

The Florida Gators open their 2012 season on Saturday against Bowling Green, where fans should see plenty of Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett.

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Florida Gators Football: Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel Fit Nicely Into New System

Andy Hutchins, author of Alligator Army, Florida's SB Nation blog, did a brief Q+A on the Capitol One Bowl website on Thursday as part of their 2012 SEC preview series.

Hutchins offered his opinion on several topics, including how the Gators will fare this year, what their toughest game will be, the defense and Florida's posteason bowl outlook.

But the big topic of discussion around the Florida football program of late has been the dual quarterback system that head coach Will Muschamp will employ. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it, here's Hutchins':

How will the change to Brent Pease affect the quarterback derby between Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel? Is either one significantly better suited to running the new system?

Had you asked me this question last year, I would have thought Brissett's demeanor, marked by an apparent disinterest in anything but managing a game, gave him an edge. But I think Driskel's made strides in that area, and that both quarterbacks are savvy guys with big arms who can do everything Pease wants them to do. Certainly, each is more physically talented than any quarterback Boise State has trotted out during its rise, with all due respect to NCAA Football 08 cover athlete Jared Zabransky.

For updates on the Gators, stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more in-depth coverage, visit Florida Gators blog Alligator Army as well as SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And for more news and notes from around NCAA football, check out SB Nation's college football hub.

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Florida Gators Offense Should Be Better, Faster

In his 2012 Florida Football Preview, Bill Connelly expects the Gators to build on their second season under coach Will Muschamp.

Despite struggling the last two seasons-- compared to their dominance in 2006-2008-- Florida has continued to attract top-rate talent.

This year, the offense will be led by a new offensive coordinator in Brent Pease, formerly of Boise State.

Because of its strong talent, new offensive system, and a favorable schedule in which they get to play LSU and Georgia (their toughest opponents) at home, Connelly is encouraged by Florida's 2012 prospects, concluding:

"Florida is in an interesting place right now, however. Nobody is intimidated by the Dynasty aura that the Gators perhaps put off a few years ago. Fans of both Texas A&M and Tennessee are probably looking at September visits from Florida as potential wins, and really, the burden of proof is on Florida to once again force teams (and fan bases) to fear them. The expectations are lower this time around, but another 7-6 season in Gainesville would probably place Muschamp on a pretty warm seat heading into 2013. He inherited a bit of a mess, but he's only going to get so long to fix it."

For updates on the Gators, stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more in-depth coverage, visit Florida Gators blog Alligator Army as well as SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And for more news and notes from around NCAA football, check out SB Nation's college football hub.

Florida 2012 Football Preview and Schedule (via sbnation)


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Will Muschamp Expects Florida QB's To Win

The Florida Gators open their 2012 season on Saturday against the Bowling Green Falcons and head coach Will Muschamp will employ a two quarterback system with Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett both set to take snaps during the game.

On Monday, Muschamp held his weekly media press conference and according to an Alligator Army report, when asked what his expectations were for Brissett and Driskell on Saturday, the head coach made it abundantly clear what he's looking for from his two signal callers:

"Win. ... Play well, take care of the ball and score points, move our football team. Get us in and out of the huddle, I mean, just manage our team. And not in the conservative manner."

For updates on this game, stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more in-depth coverage, visit Florida Gators blog Alligator Army as well as SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And for more news and notes from around NCAA football, check out SB Nation's college football hub.

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Florida Depth Chart: Jeff Driskel, Jacoby Brissett To Rotate In Opener

Both Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett will play in the first half of Florida's opening game against the Bowling Green Falcons. Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp has not announced which quarterback will start over the other.

The plan is to play both quarterbacks in the first half, evaluate the two performances and decide which quarterback will play in the second half. Alligator Army writer Andy Hutchins thinks this could be a good idea.

It gives both guys a chance to execute things without looking over their shoulders, and should not be disrupted by Bowling Green taking a lead and forcing the coaches to insert the quarterback who they feel in their hearts gives them a better chance of winning, because Florida's defense should be stout enough to keep the Falcons off the board even if the Gators' offense struggles

The Gators' game against Bowling Green is scheduled for Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.

For updates on this game, stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more in-depth coverage, visit Florida Gators blog Alligator Army as well as SEC blog Team Speed Kills. And for more news and notes from around NCAA football, check out SB Nation's college football hub.

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Bowling Green Vs. Florida Game Preview: Gators Welcome Falcons To The Swamp

The Florida Gators open their 2012 season on Saturday.

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