While Florida’s 2014 football schedule looks like a bear on paper, there is a silver lining in it for the Gators. Of the eight SEC games UF will play this season, seven of those contests come against new quarterbacks. The defense will get to face four of those QBs at home: Patrick Towles (Kentucky), Brandon Harris (LSU), Maty Mauk (Missouri), and Dylan Thompson (South Carolina). The other three will come on the road: Jake Coker (Alabama), Hutson Mason (Georgia), and Johnny McCrary (Vanderbilt).
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With Florida’s offense under Kurt Roper still a mystery as far as on-field production, this plays perfectly into the Gators’ known strength: defense. Lining up under center is the SEC is tough enough. Throw in one of the nation’s most intimidating stadiums in The Swamp, and the Gators are looking at a sizable advantage at home. For the away games, any weakness is welcomed, and a new quarterback is just that.
Florida will kick the season off against Idaho at home on Aug. 30. The Gators will then take on Eastern Michigan (Sept. 6) before the start of SEC play against Kentucky (Sept. 13).