Apr 12, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; A general view of game play as Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) gets the ball during the first half of the spring game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators Football Schedule: Breakdown and Predictions

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The Florida Gators Football Schedule in 2014 doesn’t appear to quite favorable for the folks down in Gainesville. The roster is in a bit of an unknown phase and the entire team has a large question mark surrounding them. Reports out of Gainesville appear good, however. Can they pull through?

Here’s a breakdown of the full schedule with predictions.

GAMES 1-3 (Idaho, Eastern Michigan, Kentucky)

I have to believe that the Gators will fight through this opening schedule and have a chance to win all three of these games. Having the advantage of getting momentum starting three in a row at home is huge, and it should help the new faces on both sides of the ball get a comfort level that will transfer to success.

The only game that will be tricky here is the matchup against Kentucky, but I predict Florida will come out strong and sweep the first three games at “The Swamp”.

GAMES 3-6 (at Alabama, at Tennessee, LSU)

After the first three games, the Gators’ projected undefeated record will be put to the test when they approach this part of the schedule. Winning at Alabama and Tennessee will be a task that will take perfection, and hosting LSU could be the toughest home matchup of the year.

I predict the Gators will be able to surprise and take one of these games, but they’ll fall to 4-2 after this stretch.

GAMES 7-9 (Missouri, Georgia, at Vanderbilt)

This series of games will be decided by a few things – health, momentum, and comfort. If the team falls flat at home against Missouri, losing to Georgia can be looked at almost as a guarantee. Going on the road against Vandy is no joke, and if the team fails to get the momentum they need to keep chugging, they could drop that one as well.

This stretch will decide how the Gators’ 2014 season is looked at when the year comes to a close. I predict the Gators will drop two of these games, dropping their record to 5-4 with three games to go.

GAMES 10-12 (South Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, at Florida State)

Let’s just say this to start things off: the Gators aren’t beating the Seminoles if Florida State stays healthy, so let’s just give them a loss right there.

As for the game against South Carolina, the Gators could surprise. The Gamecocks are going through a good amount of change, and there’s no guarantee they’ll be hot even at this point in the season.

I’ll give the Gators two wins to end the year, putting their final record at 7-5.

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