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Florida Gators to watch Saturday, FSU’s next threat and Miami’s top transfer

The last three times Florida lost to Georgia, the Gators lost the next game by double digits.
Quarterback Kyle Trask threw for 257 yards and got the Gators back in the game vs. Georgia in the second half, but Florida lost 24-17. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
Quarterback Kyle Trask threw for 257 yards and got the Gators back in the game vs. Georgia in the second half, but Florida lost 24-17. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Nov. 8, 2019

Locals of the week

Florida offensive linemen Richard Gouraige (Cambridge Christian) and Ethan White (Clearwater High)

With Chris Bleich entering the transfer portal, the Gators will likely give Gouraige — a former top-100 national recruit — his second career start. White, then, becomes UF’s sixth lineman who could be in line for playing time this week against Vanderbilt and the rest of his true freshman season. Their development this weekend and beyond will be key for the Gators’ future.

UGA letdown

The Gators have been victims of post-Georgia hangovers. Florida has lost its last three games the week after losing to Georgia —all by at least three scores. Don’t expect a repeat Saturday, in large part because Vanderbilt is pretty awful.

AJ Dillon appreciation

Boston College's AJ Dillon runs in for a touchdown during the first half against Clemson on Oct. 26. [RICHARD SHIRO | AP]

AJ Dillon’s Boston College career shouldn’t be overlooked. He’s already the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher (3,983 yards) and only needs 620 more to break the ACC’s career record (4,602 set by North Carolina State’s Ted Brown). Dillon broke BC’s rushing touchdown record with his 35th career score last week against Syracuse. Good luck stopping him, Seminoles.

Three coaches FSU fans should watch

Iowa State’s Matt Campbell: Beat the Sooners in his last trip to Norman. Another victory would be huge.

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops: A triumph over an improving Tennessee team would be his second in three seasons against the Vols and bring the Wildcats within a game of bowl eligibility.

Washington State’s Mike Leach: Probably needs to beat tricky Cal to extend the Cougars’ school-record bowl streak to five.

Miami’s top portal target

The Hurricanes’ reliance on the transfer portal has had mixed results. One obvious hit: Receiver K.J. Osborn. The Buffalo transfer has 439 yards and leads Miami in catches (36) and touchdown receptions (five). Don’t be surprised if he gets another score against a Louisville team that has allowed 19 passing touchdowns (tied for No. 113 nationally)


“I miss Florida State. I think college football misses Florida State being a 10 win team year in and year out.” — ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit

By the numbers: Week 11

In this Sept. 9, 2017, file photo, Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin gestures from the sidelines during a game against Wisconsin.

1961 The last time Minnesota hosted a home game between two top-15 teams

12 Sacks by Miami’s Greg Rousseau. That leads the ACC and is the fourth-most ever by a Hurricane in one season

4 Players in Wisconsin history with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons: Billy Marek, Ron Dayne, P.J. Hill and Jonathan Taylor

8 Consecutive 10-win seasons for Clemson. A win over North Carolina State would make it nine and tie Texas (2001-09) for the third-longest streak in Division I-A history

2 Teams (since 1937) that have started 8-0 within two seasons of starting 0-8: UCF and the current Baylor Bears

10-5 Florida Atlantic’s all-time record against rival Florida International heading into Saturday’s Shula Bowl


  1. Auburn center Austin Wiley guards Florida forward Omar Payne during the first half of their game on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Gainesville. Payne, a freshman out of Montverde Academy, finishes with a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds for his first double double in college. [MATT STAMEY  |  AP]
    Freshman Omar Payne has a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds as UF earns its most impressive victory of the season.
  2. Florida's Keyontae Johnson, shown here scoring against Arkansas in last season's SEC tournament, is averaging 13 points and 6.8 rebounds this season. [MARK HUMPHREY  |  AP]
    UF looks for an elite win Saturday at home, where it has won five in row, to help strengthen its NCAA Tournament resume.
  3. Florida guard Andrew Nembhard shoots over Mississippi guard Devontae Shuler during their game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Gainesville. [BRAD MCCLENNY  |  AP]
    Coach Mike White says his point guard missed practice Thursday and Friday. If he’s out, freshmen Tre Mann or Ques Glover likely will start Saturday.
  4. Todd Monken spent two seasons in Tampa Bay, the last as offensive coordinator, before being dismissed along with the rest of head coach Dirk Koetter's staff after the 2018 season.
    Tampa Bay’s former play-caller will be designing game plans for the Bulldogs against the Florida Gators next season.
  5. Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) runs the ball during the Outback Bowl in January at Raymond James Stadium. (Times file)
    Antonio Callaway was a talented but troubled player for the Gators who didn’t last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
  6. Florida receiver Josh Hammond (18) on the field during practice for the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field on Monday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Plus Plant High product Jake Fruhmorgen’s journey from Clemson to UF to Baylor to the East-West Shrine Game.
  7. From left, Florida's Andrew Nembhard, Kerry Blackshear and Noah Locke are key parts of a team that has had its ups and downs this season. Tuesday's rout of Mississippi gets the Gators back on track. [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
    UF rebounds from a bad loss in Missouri with a big home victory.
  8. Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) gets emotional after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against Miami in the season opener. [ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times]
    The Florida Gators finished about where I thought. But about Willie Taggart’s job security ...
  9. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow holds the trophy after their win against Clemson in a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. LSU won 42-25. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) [DAVID J. PHILLIP  |  AP]
    The Heisman Trophy winner becomes the first Division I-A quarterback to throw 60 touchdowns in a season.
  10. LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss celebrates after scoring during the first half of Monday night's national championship game against Clemson in New Orleans. [DAVID J. PHILLIP  |  AP]
    LSU, of course, finished No. 1. But where did Matt Baker put the Florida Gators and UCF Knights?