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Florida Roundball is coming!

Our men’s basketball schedule has been released!

The SEC announced the Gators’ tip times and television assignments for most conference games on Wednesday. Florida will play a league-high four games on CBS national broadcasts (out of six total for the SEC), along with eight games on ESPN or ESPN2 and six dates on SEC Network.

Date Day Opponent Location Time TV
Nov. 5 Sunday TAMPA (EXH.) GAINESVILLE 2 p.m.
Nov. 13 Monday GARDNER-WEBB GAINESVILLE 7 p.m. ESPNU
Nov. 16 Thursday NORTH FLORIDA GAINESVILLE
Nov. 19 Sunday NEW HAMPSHIRE (PK80) GAINESVILLE
Nov. 23 Thursday Stanford (PK80) Portland, Ore. 10 p.m. ESPN2
Nov. 24 Friday Gonzaga/Ohio State (PK80) Portland, Ore. 9/11 p.m. ESPN2
Nov. 26 Sunday Butler/Duke/Port. St./Texas (PK80) Portland, Ore.
Dec. 4 Monday FLORIDA STATE GAINESVILLE 9 p.m. ESPN2
Dec. 6 Wednesday LOYOLA CHICAGO GAINESVILLE
Dec. 9 Saturday Cincinnati (Never Forget Tribute) Newark, N.J.
Dec. 16 Saturday Clemson (Orange Bowl Classic) Sunrise, Fla. 4:30 p.m. FS2/FSFL
Dec. 20 Wednesday JAMES MADISON GAINESVILLE
Dec. 22 Friday INCARNATE WORD GAINESVILLE
Dec. 30 Saturday VANDERBILT GAINESVILLE ESPN2
Jan. 2 Tuesday Texas A&M Coll. Station, Texas 9 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 6 Saturday Missouri Columbia, Mo. 1 p.m. CBS
Jan. 10 Wednesday MISSISSIPPI STATE GAINESVILLE 7 p.m. SEC Net.
Jan. 13 Saturday Ole Miss Oxford, Miss. 1 p.m. CBS
Jan. 17 Wednesday ARKANSAS GAINESVILLE 7 p.m. ESPN2
Jan. 20 Saturday Kentucky Lexington, Ky. 8:15 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 24 Wednesday SOUTH CAROLINA GAINESVILLE 7 p.m. SEC Net.
Jan. 27 Saturday BAYLOR (SEC/B12) GAINESVILLE 12 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 30 Tuesday Georgia Athens, Ga. 7 p.m. SEC Net.
Feb. 3 Saturday ALABAMA GAINESVILLE 4 p.m. ESPN/2
Feb. 7 Wednesday LSU GAINESVILLE 6:30 p.m. SEC Net.
Feb. 10 Saturday South Carolina Columbia, S.C. 12 p.m. CBS
Feb. 14 Wednesday GEORGIA GAINESVILLE 9 p.m. SEC Net.
Feb. 17 Saturday Vanderbilt Nashville, Tenn. 4 p.m. ESPN/2
Feb. 21 Wednesday Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 9 p.m. ESPN2
Feb. 24 Saturday AUBURN GAINESVILLE 8:30 p.m. SEC Net.
Feb. 27 Tuesday Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. 7 p.m. ESPN/2
March 3 Saturday KENTUCKY GAINESVILLE 12 p.m. CBS
March 7-11 SEC Tournament St. Louis, Mo.

Northern Colorado game cancelled.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida-Northern Colorado football game scheduled for Saturday in Gainesville has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, it was announced Thursday.

“We have been in constant communication this week with University and government officials,” said Florida Athletics Director Scott Stricklin. “As the Hurricane’s track has approached the state of Florida, it’s become obvious that playing a football game is not the right thing to do. The focus of our state and region needs to be on evacuations and relief efforts. There is a tremendous amount of stress currently on the roads of this state, and the availability of gas, water and other supplies are at critical levels. Playing a college football game Saturday would only add to that stress.

“Gainesville is also close to some of Florida’s heaviest traffic points this week, specifically Interstate 75, which is a key statewide evacuation route.”

A typical Florida football game enlists the services of more than 3,300 working personnel, 17 government agencies and outside vendors who bus employees from Jacksonville and Orlando to Gainesville.

University Athletic Association officials had worked with Northern Colorado to have them charter a flight to Gainesville on Friday, instead of the Bears’ original plans of traveling commercially Thursday to Tampa.

Since the schools do not share a common open date, the game will not be rescheduled.

Ticket refund information will be communicated to those who have purchased tickets to the game.

For the latest updates from the Florida Division of Emergency Management visit their official site (http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp) or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Michigan Game

More questions than answers resulted from the Michigan game. Perhaps the most serious, at least to me, is the injury status on DB Chauncey Gardner. The last report I saw indicated a MRI was to be done on Monday. The initial thought was the injury was a cramp, however it appears to be potentially more serious. Last evening, he could not put much weight on the leg and he left the stadium in a boot.

Michigan showed us that the Offensive Line is not the strength of our team. Far from it, the play from them I saw was disappointing, failing to open any holes for running backs and letting the Michigan Defense dominate the line of scrimmage. While Michigan racked up 215 yards rushing, our improved Gator running backs contributed 11 net yards. No typo, a total of eleven yards. We rushed 27 times, with an average gain of 0.4 yards per rush. Total offensive yardage from the Gators was 192 yards while Michigan netted 433 yards.

After reviewing the stats and the game, I agree with Coach Mac that “They (Michigan) took it to us. Give them their due.” He also noted that the quarterbacks didn’t play great, but that it was hard to do so when you are not getting blocking from up front.

I have to wonder how a unit, supposedly a strength of the team for this season was so dominated at the line of scrimmage. We looked a lot like turnstiles on several plays. Should we be concerned about our strength and conditioning program, as we were badly manhandled for almost all the game on the line? Depth, coaching ? A lot of questions remain to be answered.

Admittedly, this was our first game, against a team that was ranked considerable higher than we were, in a dominating stadium. We will learn a lot about the strength and character of the team, and our coaches, in the next three games. Tennessee may be a serious challenge for the Gators.

Franks our starting QB

Florida has finally named a starting quarterback, and that will be redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks.

During a press conference on Wednesday, coach Jim McElwain made the announcement that Franks will start ahead of Malik Zaire and Luke Del Rio in the team’s Week 1 matchup against Michigan.

Thanks Harbaugh….

There has been plenty of talk in recent weeks about Michigan not releasing an updated 2017 roster. Head coach Jim Harbaugh stated earlier this month the Wolverines would have tryouts for roster spots on August 28 with a final roster being published August 30 as he continued to needle the media wanting a look at current Michigan squad.

On Monday, Michigan released a roster with their game notes for the upcoming game against Florida. Unfortunately for folks wanting a look at the 2017 Wolverines, the roster included former Michigan players who are now in the NFL, not current players.

Gator SEC Basketball Schedule

The SEC announced the conference matchup’s for the upcoming season on Thursday. The Florida program is heading into the 2017-2018 season with momentum from the successful elite 8 campaign this past season.

Florida gets a chance at Vanderbilt early on as the Gators open up SEC play against the Commodores at home on December 30th. Vanderbilt had the Gators number last year by beating them twice in the regular season and in the SEC tournament. Knocking off the Commodores to start the SEC slate would provide positive momentum moving forward.

Florida has home-and-home series against 4 programs: Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia. The Gators will host Auburn, Arkansas, Mississippi State, and LSU at the newly renovated O’Connell Center. Florida will go on the road to play Texas A&M, Missouri, Ole Miss, and Tennessee.

Florida will close SEC play at home on March 3rd against Kentucky for senior night. The Gators had one of the best performances of the season at home against Kentucky last season and will look to have a similar showing against the Wildcats this season.

Here is a look at the Gator’s full SEC schedule.

Dec. 30 Vanderbilt. (Home)

Jan. 2 Texas A&M

Jan. 6 Missouri

Jan. 10 Mississippi State (Home)

Jan. 13 Ole Miss

Jan. 17 Arkansas (Home)

Jan. 20 Kentucky

Jan. 23 South Carolina (Home)

Jan. 30 Georgia

Feb. 3 Alabama (Home)

Feb. 7 LSU (Home)

Feb. 10 South Carolina

Feb. 14 Georgia (Home)

Feb. 17 Vanderbilt

Feb. 21 Tennessee

Feb. 24 Auburn (Home)

Feb. 27 Alabama

Mar. 3 Kentucky (Home)

ESPN top 25

Ohio State
Alabama
FSU
Oklahoma
Auburn
Clemson
Washington
Penn State
Wisconsin
LSU
Stanford
USC
Georgia
Florida
Miami
Michigan
Louisville
TCU
Tennessee
Notre Dame
Oregon
N.C. State
UCLA
Washington State
Texas
Ohio State over Alabama at No. 1 is the obvious change here when you compare this poll to the official preseason ones. The Crimson Tide were on top of the Coaches’ Poll and should be on top of the AP Poll, too.