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Dio's Do's & Don'ts: Florida v South Florida

September 10, 2021
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Brett DioGuardi's football career at Florida spanned five years, two head coaches, three SEC East winning squads, and two NY6 bowl appearances. After suiting up in the Orange & Blue for 12 games last year, he is as familiar with the coaches, players, and routine as any analyst out there.

Today, leading up to Florida's game against South Florida, he breaks down three Do's and Don'ts if the Gators are to come out of the weekend victorious.

Dio’s Do’s:

1) Help Emory Gain Confidence

  • After a bit of a shaky first career start, Emory Jones will be looking to quiet some of his critics with a strong week two performance. Emory should be in store for a huge game against a USF defense that surrendered 45 points to the NC State Wolfpack in their season opener last week. Dan Mullen has stated that Emory is their starter, and it will be crucial for Mullen and Garrick McGee to provide him with a solid game plan so that he has a great performance and increases his confidence heading into week three against the Crimson Tide.

2) Continue to Pressure the Quarterback

  • Though the Bulls got routed in their first action of the season, they were able to avoid giving up a single sack in their game. I expect the Gator defense to cause this USF offensive line much more trouble than the wolfpack did in week one. I expect Todd Grantham to rush the quarterback plenty especially on third down and make life miserable for whoever is playing quarterback for the Bulls. They used two quarterbacks in week one and neither was able to complete more than seven passes. The two quarterbacks combined for three interceptions. Look for this Gator defensive line to hurry the quarterback and allow the backend to force some turnovers on some bad throws.

3) Run all over the Bulls Defense

  • USF’s defense allowed 293 rushing yards to NC State last week on 40 carries. Look for the Gators to build off a 400-yard rushing performance in week one with another huge game on the ground in Tampa on Saturday. I expect Malik Davis to expand on a great opening game on the ground in which he totaled 104 yards on 14 carries. I also expect to see plenty of read option and RPO style plays on offense. I believe the Gators will dominate this game from start to finish allowing backs like Demarkcus Bowman and Lorenzo Lingard to get plenty of carries late.

Dio’s Don’ts:

1) Don’t Show Too Much

  • It was great to see Anthony Richardson come in and provide the Gators offense with a much-needed spark during the home opener. I feel that the Gators are going to be able to dominate on both sides of the ball in this one. Mullen and company should not show too much of their playbook in this matchup as they will be taking on Alabama in a rematch of last season’s SEC Championship game the following week. Keep the game plan short and sweet and let the Gators win at the line of scrimmage and manhandle this USF team that will not put up much of a fight against this Florida team.

2) No Turnovers

  • The Gators tied in the turnover differential week one against FAU. Though the defense forced and recovered two fumbles, the Gators committed two of their own in the form of Emory Jones’ interceptions. The Gators need to protect the ball and have that become a point of emphasis as turnovers can dismantle any team’s game plan and allow a much less talented opponent to hang in a game that shouldn’t be close. The Gators need to treat this game as a dry run for next week against Alabama and it’ll be imperative to not make any mistakes of their own.

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Be sure to tune into Brett DioGuardi’s Bleav in Florida Football podcast by clicking HERE

Dio's Do's & Don'ts: Florida v South Florida

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