A game-by-game breakdown (with predictions) of the Florida Gators’ 2014 football schedule:
Aug. 30: Idaho, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Kurt Roper’s revamped offense debuts well, as Florida ends its seven-game losing streak. UF 45-7.
Sept. 6: Eastern Michigan, 4 p.m. (SEC Network)
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The Gators won only four games last season, but the Eagles tallied just four wins over the past two years. Meanwhile, Florida hasn’t lost to a MAC school in over four decades. UF 42-13
Sept. 13: Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
There’s not a single player on the Gators’ roster who was alive the last time Florida dropped a game to the Wildcats (1986). The streak continues. UF 31-9.
Sept. 20: @ Alabama, TBA
The Gators hang tough for a half, but the Tide’s depth and talent prove too overwhelming. UA 30-16.
Oct. 4: @ Tennessee, TBA
Fresh off a bye week, Florida narrowly avoids a trap-game defeat. UF 23-20.
Oct. 11: LSU, TBA
Leonard Fournette gashes Florida’s defense, but the Gators’ secondary takes advantage of LSU’s inexperience at quarterback. UF 28-24.
Oct. 18: Missouri, TBA
The Gators exact a bit of revenge after getting destroyed in Columbia last year. UF 27-16.
Nov. 1: Georgia (Jacksonville), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Will Muschamp remains winless in the series. UGA 23-20.
Nov. 8: @ Vanderbilt, TBA
After having its 22-game series winning streak snapped last year, Florida isn’t losing to Vandy in back-to-back seasons. UF 37-13.
Nov. 15: South Carolina, TBA
Tailback Mike Davis and the league’s best offensive line grind out a win in The Swamp. USC 17-13.
Nov. 22: Eastern Kentucky, TBA
In 2013, the Colonels were embarrassed 68-10 against Jacksonville State. Florida can’t top that but will still roll. UF 59-0.