University of Florida

Florida Gators 2016 game-by-game breakdown

Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs
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Sept. 3, Massachusetts, 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

The Minutemen are just 8-40 overall and 0-11 against Power 5 opponents since moving up to FBS level in 2012. This should be a cakewalk opener for the Gators. UF 41, UMass 10.

Sept. 10, Kentucky, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

The Gators have won 29 consecutive games against the Wildcats. This one will be closer than most, but expect the streak to continue. UF 17, Kentucky 13.

Sept. 17, North Texas, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

North Texas finished 118th in total offense, 120th in total defense last season and was outscored by almost 26 points per game. This makes for a nice final home tuneup before UF faces the brunt of its schedule. UF 47, North Texas 6.

Sept. 24, at Tennessee (TBA)

A battle in Knoxville will ensue between the defending SEC East champs and the expected SEC East champs. It will be a dogfight, with the winner being the likely front-runner to Atlanta and the SEC Championship Game. Tennessee 24, UF 17.

Oct. 1, at Vanderbilt (TBA)

The Commodores have improved as of late, but they still have a ways to go. Florida should have no problem even if Vanderbilt puts up a challenge. UF 20, Vandy 10.

Oct. 8, LSU (TBA)

Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette demolished the Gators last year. He will do it again, this time in The Swamp. LSU 28, UF 15.

Oct. 15, Missouri (TBA)

A homecoming game against a rebuilding Missouri team riddled with off- and on-the-field controversy. This could be a trap game if the Gators aren’t careful. UF 21, Mizzou 16.

Oct. 29, vs. Georgia (Jacksonville), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

UF has won the past two meetings behind the run game. They will need another strong showing on the ground to make it a third. UF 17, UGA 14.

Nov. 5, Arkansas (TBA)

The Gators are 9-1 all-time against Arkansas and 3-0 in Fayetteville. UF should come away with the win. UF 23, Arkansas 17.

Nov. 12, South Carolina (TBA)

Will Muschamp returns to The Swamp for the first time since he was fired in 2014. The Gators’ fan base is sure to give him a warm welcome. UF 24, South Carolina 13.

Nov. 19, Presbyterian (TBA)

Florida wins. Easily. Next. UF 51, Presbyterian 7.

Nov. 26, at Florida State (TBA)

An upset win to defeat Florida State would be a dream come true for the Gators. But with Dalvin Cook on the other side, that looks unlikely. FSU 21, UF 10.