Matchup Breakdown - Florida/San Jose State

Inside, I break down all the matchups and offer my opinion on which team wins that particular battle. Also, inside is a statistical breakdown for the Gators and the Spartans. Finally, I offer up my prediction for the game. Read on for all the details!

New Page 1 Position Breakdown:

Florida Quarterback(s) and Wide Receivers/Tight End vs. San Jose St. Secondary
Maybe this should say Florida quarterbacks because more than one should play. The young signal callers for the Gators will be tested by an athletic secondary. The key is Ben Troupe. He will be a tough match up for any secondary. If the Spartans play man coverage it could be a big day for Carlos Perez and Dallas Baker. Gerald Jones, the safety for San Jose State, is a good player.


San Jose St. Quarterback and Receivers/Tight End vs. Florida Secondary
The Gator secondary will be tested by athletic wide receivers who can make yards after the catch. Jamall Broussard and Kendrick Starling are as good as any combo in the SEC. Johnny Lamar can expect to be targeted early. Gator safeties must keep an eye on their large, athletic tight end Courtney Anderson.

Florida Offensive Line vs. San Jose St. Defensive Line
The middle of the Gator O-Line should dominate the smallish front of the Spartans. Max Starks and Shannon Snell combined with Mike Degory give UF three All-Conference candidates in the middle. Randy Hand and Tavares Washington will be tested by speed rusher Philip Perry on the edge.


San Jose St. Offensive Line vs. Florida Defensive Line
The Gators improved greatly on the front from spring practice until now. Darrell Lee is poised for a big year and Kenny Parker has a chance to be solid in the middle. The problem with this match up is that San Jose St.'s offensive line is pretty good at what they do: pass protection and zone blocking. The defensive ends must create pressure if UF is going to win this battle.

Florida Running Backs vs. San Jose St. Linebackers
With the 4-2-5 defense the Spartans are somewhat of a gimmick defense. Ran Carthon and the others must block well in pass protection. Deshawn Wynn, Ciatrick Fason and Jimtavis Walker give UF a strong presence in the backfield and are poised to dominate this season.


San Jose St. Running Backs vs. Florida Linebackers
The diminutive Yonus Davis was very impressive and has the speed to hurt the Gator linebackers. The group of Todd McCollough, Reid Fleming and Matt Farrior will already be tried with the short passing game so it is likely the running game for San Jose could spring for some big plays. UF's linebackers must play fast and prove they can overcome the loss of speedy Channing Crowder.

Special Teams
Jeff Carr tied a school record with three field goals in a game in his first start last week vs. Grambling. He made a 47 yard kick showing a good leg. Kendrick Starling is an outstanding return man who had a 71 yard return a week ago. Matt Leach had a solid camp and Eric Wilbur may have a "Ray Criswell" leg. The Gators will try Andre Caldwell, Dee Webb and Chad Jackson in the return game. Because UF is unproven with this being the first game it makes this one tough to call.

Statistical Breakdown:

Final 2002 Stats

Florida  Category  Opponents
270.7  Passing Offense  162.4
136.2  Rushing Offense  163.2
406.9  Total Offense  325.5
25.8  Scoring Offense  21.5
162.4  Passing Defense  270.7
163.2  Rushing Defense  136.2
325.5  Total Defense  406.9
21.5  Scoring Defense  25.8
301  1st Downs For  209
.382  3rd Down Conv.  .293
.444  4th Down Conv.  .484
20-139  Sacks By-Yards  24-175
95-172  Penalties-Yards  104-780
21-8 Fumbles-Lost  28-1
28:58  Avg. Time of Poss.  31:02

2003 Team Stats

San Jose State  Category  Opponents
335.0  Passing Offense  210.0
128.0  Rushing Offense  50.0
463.0  Total Offense  260.0
29.0  Scoring Offense 0.0
Passing Defense  335.0
50.0  Rushing Defense  128.0
260.0  Total Defense  463.0
0.0  Scoring Defense  29.0
25  1st Downs For  16
.500  3rd Down Conv.  .266
.000  4th Down Conv.  .000
2-16  Sacks By-Yards  1-6
7-85  Penalties-Yards  6-50
2-2  Fumbles-Lost  3-2
35:29  Avg. Time of Poss.  24:31


The Gators have areas that must prove themselves to turn this into a one sided game. UF has great potential for big games in the special teams area and running the football. The linebackers are short handed and this is a good San Jose St. offense.

PREDICTION: Florida 45-20

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