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College football scouting report: Florida Gators vs. Appalachian State, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, pay-per-view, 620-AM

Florida vs. Appalachian State, 12:30, pay-per-view, 620-AM



Having closed out the SEC season with a devastating loss at home to South Carolina, the Gators (6-4) try to regroup against an opponent that has already clinched its spot in the I-AA playoffs. It's senior day at Florida Field, which is always an emotional time. But the real question is whether the Gators will pick themselves up and move forward or simply shut down the remainder of the season? Appalachian State (9-1) and the Gators have never met, and this is the first game in the state of Florida for the Mountaineers since Nov. 24, 1962 — in Tampa.

what to watch FOR …

Whether Florida can get its offense back on track. For two weeks against Georgia and Vandy, UF seemed to have made progress with its three quarterbacks in an up-tempo system, but the offense fell apart against South Carolina. None of the QBs was effective, the offensive line couldn't contain the blitz and the running game was nonexistent. Was last week just a bad game or a sign that the changes were a temporary fix and really don't work? Appalachian State brings in one of the more prolific I-AA offenses: No. 4 scoring (37 points per game), No. 8 total offense (440.20) and No. 10 rushing offense (219.2), which has been UF's Achilles heel in its four losses.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

College football scouting report: Florida Gators vs. Appalachian State, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, pay-per-view, 620-AM 11/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 19, 2010 8:17pm]
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