FAU at Florida
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville
Weather: About 80 degrees at kickoff, partly cloudy
Quick slant: A classic money game mismatch, FAU is getting $500,000 to come in and give Florida an easy win. That will probably happen, as FAU is coming off a 4-8 season and predictions are they could have trouble matching that this season. Florida is under new leadership at all levels, and new coach Will Muschamp will be showing off his new offense and defensive alignments.
About Florida: The Gators have plenty of talent but also have a young team. The strength of the offense is in the backfield, with senior speedsters Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey. Their legs should take the pressure off of quarterback John Brantley's arm, as the Gators transition into a pro-style attack. There is still some sorting out to do on the line. Defensively, the Gators are also going through changes, and the secondary is still in flux. But the line and linebackers look solid.
About FAU: The Owls will trot out new quarterback Graham Wilbert, who is making his first start since 2007 when he was in high school. Add to that a very inexperienced group of wide receivers, and expect FAU to try and open holes for running back Alfred Morris. The defense is now lining up in a 3-4 formation, and that is allowing more blitzes and a more aggressive defense overall.
What to watch
FAU's offensive line: If, like last year, the line is overmatched, the Owls won't go anywhere on offense. Expect the Gators to blitz frequently, as most opponents did last year with success.
Florida's running game: Handing off of Demps and Rainey could be all that the Gators need to do to win this one.
Muschamp on the sidelines: As an assistant, he was known for his antics on the sidelines. Will that change now that he is the head guy?
The buzz: Florida is 62-6 in season openers in Gainesville and will make that 63-6.
-- Ted Hutton
Preview: Owls at Gators
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