Florida Gators (0-0) vs. Miami Hurricanes (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 7:00pm (Camping World Stadium)
Line Odds: Miami Hurricanes +7 -- Over/Under: 47
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The Miami Hurricanes will quarterback redshirt freshman Jarren Williams as they look ahead for the 2019 season.
While Tate Martell, the promising quarterback and transfer out of Ohio State, won’t be a factor in the first game of the 2019-2020 college football season, Miami starting quarterback Jarren Williams will be. This will be his debut as a starter and it won’t be an easy test. Williams nearly transferred before the season began with Martell coming in. His only experience was coming in to mop up a blow out win last season. The Hurricanes didn’t have the best season offensively last season. The good news is that the Hurricanes hired an entirely new coaching staff. Head Coach Manny Diaz isn’t afraid to make the moves he feels are best for the team.
Expectations are much higher this season, especially on the offensive side of the ball. ESPN ranked Miami as 25th in the “Future Offensive Power Rankings.” Miami feels like they have plenty of high quality talent offensively. The questions remain on the offensive line and really how good Williams can be at quarterback. The projection is based on a three-year out model. This projection was not intended for this season.
Defensively, depth is a problem for Miami. Miami lost three seniors at linebacker and watched two prospects in the secondary transfer out of the program. The Hurricanes have five cornerbacks on scholarship. The group of linebackers and secondary is shaky. However, the defensive line is deep up front. Miami believes they’ll be able to use about 10 defensive linemen in-game which would help the health and energy on the line. They’ll be able to get pressure up front against shaky offensive lines, but the secondary needs good coverage to make it happen.
On the flip side, Head Coach Dan Mullen’s first season with the Florida Gators exceeded expectations. Offensively, Florida finished 22nd in total offense and 32nd in yards per play. Mullen also got the best of out quarterback Feleipe Franks, who will be returning for his junior season. Franks went from being the second-least efficient quarterback in all of power 5 conferences, to one of the most efficient under Mullen. Franks and Florida went on to win a New Year’s 6 Bowl game (Peach Bowl) while Franks won the MVP. In his final four games of the season, Franks led Florida to an average of 45 points a game.
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