UF vs North Texas Game Preview

By on September 15, 2016. Posted in , , .

Gators Try to Build on Early Season Success vs. North Texas

Unbeaten Florida looks to build on its early season success as the No. 23-ranked Gators host North Texas on Saturday night at the Swamp.  Kick-off from Gainesville is set for 7:30 p.m. with coverage of the game airing nationally on ESPNU.  The Baltimore Gator Club will host one centrally-located watch party for the contest between the Gators and Mean Green at The Greene Turtle in McHenry Row.  So come on out in your best Orange and Blue and cheer on the Gators on Saturday night with your fellow Baltimore Gators.

The Greene Turtle – McHenry Row
1606 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, MD 21230

Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC) ran its winning streak over SEC rival Kentucky to 30 straight games with a straightforward 45-7 smack down in the Swamp.  Led by sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio, UF scored at least 10 points in each quarter and rolled up 564 yards of offense against the Wildcats.  Del Rio completed 19-of-32 passes for 320 yards in his second career start for the Gators tossing four touchdown passes in the game.  He hit nine different receivers for at least one completion with Antonio Callaway leading the charge with five catches for 129 yards and one score.

The Gator defense smothered the Kentucky all afternoon, holding the Wildcats to just 149 yards and not allowing a score until there was less than five minutes remaining in the game.  Starting UK quarterback Drew Barker completed just two of his ten passes while tossing three interceptions.  In two games UF has yielded just 14 points and ranks second in the nation in total defense, yielding just 168.0 yards per game.

North Texas (1-1, 0-0 C-USA) comes to town on the heels of a 41-20 thrashing of Bethune-Cookman at home.  The Mean Green dropped their opening game at SMU, 34-21.  Against BCU, North Texas rushed for 345 yards and recovered from an early 7-0 hole for the comfortable victory.  Quarterback Mason Fine completed just 11-of-22 passes for 108 yards, but the running game took over led by Willy Ivery who topped the 100-yard mark on 13 carries and scored one touchdown.

Florida and North Texas have met just once previously on the gridiron with the Mean Green claiming the lone victory back in 1947.