Roundtable: After disappointing end to 2015, how will Florida football finish 2016? – The Independent Florida Alligator
With only two conference games remaining, Florida can still win the SEC East if it can defeat South Carolina at home and No. 19 LSU on the road. Add on a road matchup at No. 22 Florida State, however, and the home stretch of UF’s schedule looks daunting. How will the Gators finish out the season? Sports writers Ethan Bauer, Ian Cohen, Jordan McPherson and Patrick Pinak debate.
Florida is once again facing a brutal stretch to close out its season, and with the barrage of injuries sustained against Arkansas, the end of this season could be rougher than the end of the last.
A season ago, Florida closed with a lackluster, overtime victory against Florida Atlantic followed by a trio of resounding defeats against Florida State, Alabama and Michigan. And this season, there’s no Florida Atlantic-esque team to tune up for FSU. Instead, the Gators will face LSU in what will be — undoubtedly — UF’s most important game of the season.
After the Gators beat South Carolina this weekend, the LSU game will determine if Florida makes it to the Southeastern Conference Championship for the second season in a row. And I don’t think the Gators get it done in Death Valley.
If Florida doesn’t make it, it avoids humiliation at the hands of Alabama. If it does make it, UF loses by more than 20 points.
As for the annual rivalry game against the Seminoles, Florida still isn’t good enough to get it done. Florida State will take the victory, their fourth in a row.
And as for a bowl game, does it really matter? With four losses, perhaps the Belk Bowl, the Music City Bowl or the TaxSlayer Bowl are on the horizon. And yes, those are exactly as prestigious as they sound.