The Gators' bowl-eligibility hopes may well ride on a victory. This is the regular-season finale for the Division I-AA Paladins (6-4), who are coming off a 41-34 loss to Elon last week. Interestingly, the Paladins are also in must-win mode. Last week's loss means Furman most likely needs a victory over the Gators (5-5) to earn a spot in the 20-team I-AA playoff field.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
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The Gators defense has had trouble stopping the run and with quarterbacks who can throw. Furman QB Chris Forcier leads I-AA in passing efficiency and has passed for 2,099 yards. Junior RB Jerodis Williams is the Southern conference's second-leading rusher. The Gators are looking for consistency on offense and better production in the red zone. Florida has scored just 14 touchdowns in 31 trips inside the 20-yard line. Furman is giving up nearly 200 rushing yards per game, which could bode well for a healthy Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps, on right with QB John Brantley.