Gators will try to avoid home upset against UAB – Florida Times-Union
GAINESVILLE | The University of Florida’s 2017 is long since lost.
One thing that could motivated the Gators on Saturday is to not allow themselves to make Alabama-Birmingham’s season.
UF (3-6) will play host to the Blazers (7-3) at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in the now-traditional non-conference game the week before closing the regular season against Florida State.
Fans having a dreadful deja vu moment are justified. While Florida is a 10-point favorite over UAB, it was only four years ago that the Gators suffered one of their most embarrassing losses in history when they fell to Georgia Southern at home on this same week in the schedule after entering the game with a 4-6 record.
It won’t be a 3-foot putt. The Gators lost their fifth game in a row last week against South Carolina and UAB won its third in a row and fifth in six games by easing past Texas-San Antonio 24-19.
“I feel like they’re going to come in playing a lot more aggressive than usual and they’re going to be excited to play the University of Florida,” said Gators offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor. “I feel like they’re going to play a lot harder because they’re going to want to upset us.”
The Blazers won’t win Conference USA but their record is especially impressive since it’s the first season since 2014. UAB disbanded football in 2015 but shortly after that decision a public outcry and a flood of donations resulted in the resumption of play this season.
With one of the top freshman running backs in the nation in Spencer Brown (1,177 yards, second among freshman backs nationally), a shifty dual-threat quarterback in A.J. Erdely (1,741 yards and 13 touchdown passes, 290 yards rushing and 12 TDs) and a defense that is 23rd in the nation