PREGAME: Road trip to Ole Miss

It's not often the Florida Gators venture into the state of Mississippi. And recent history has shown that Dixie hasn't been kind to the Gators. But as Florida unveils it's traveling road show for the first time this season, the Gators are looking to maintain its early season momentum following last week's big win over the Vols.

The No. 3-ranked Gators (3-0, 1-0 SEC) have dropped their last two meetings with the Rebels from Ole Miss (1-2, 1-1 SEC), but this week's trip to Oxford will be Urban Meyer's first trip to Rebel territory.

Meyer's track record in first-time trips to SEC West schools isn't pretty. Under Meyer, the Gators have lost every trip (Alabama '05, LSU '05 and Auburn '06), but this will be the first time he'll face an unranked West opponent on the road.

Injury Update

The Gators are still without two of their offensive starters. Offensive tackle Phil Trautwein has missed all three games this season with a stress fracture in his foot and is likely to miss the season. Andre Caldwell was running around at practice this past week, and even though he is expected to make the trip to Oxford, he's not expected to play. Wide receiver Riley Cooper, who leads the Gators with three touchdown receptions, has been slowed all week with a sprained ankle, but is expected to play.

On defense, the Gators will once again be shorthanded in the secondary. Cornerback Markihe Anderson will most likely sit out the match-up with the Rebels following a knee injury suffered in the Tennessee game. Anderson was forced to miss the Western Kentucky game because of an MCL sprain in his knee and played sparingly against Troy and Tennessee. Defensive tackle Brandon Antwine sat out last week's match-up with the Vols because of a hyper-extended elbow, but should be back in action this week. Specialist Jerimy Finch is out for the rest of the season after suffering a broken ankle against the Vols last week.

On the Ole Miss sideline, quarterback Seth Adams has a sore shoulder and sat out most of the week's practice sessions. Adams has connected on 52-of-88 passes this season for 660 yards with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Should Adams not play, former Vol Brent Schaeffer will start in his place. Where Adams is more of a pure pocket passer, Schaeffer is more athletic and could open up the running game for Ole Miss. Either way, Schaeffer will most likely see the field, lining up at wide receiver.

Keys to the Game

Early wake up ---- The alarms will go off at 6 a.m. in the Gators' hotel rooms. Kickoff is set for 11:30 (local time), and Florida will be staying about an hour outside of Oxford. But the Gators' can't come out sluggish. With one of the top running backs in the SEC, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Ole Miss will be looking to grab an early lead and then play ball control as they try to upset the Gators. On the other hand, a couple of early quick strikes from Tim Tebow could send Rebel fans back to the Grove.

Inside pressure ---- Vols quarterback Erik Ainge had all sorts of time in the pocket last week. The Gators' interior defense needs to step up and force who ever is calling signals for the Rebels to the outside and into the hands of Derrick Harvey and Jermaine Cunningham. Harvey entered the season with high expectations, but he's only got eight tackles on the year – 3 tackles for a loss, including 2 sacks. Cunningham got rolling last week against the Vols when he stuffed Brent Vinson on an end around for a loss of eight yards.

Protect the Ball ---- Last week's win proved that turnovers are momentum changers. After completely dominating the Vols in the first half and for most of the second half's first possession, one interception and 96 yards later, Tennessee was right back in it. But on the very next play, Dustin Doe scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, and the Gators never looked back. Ole Miss is even on turnovers for the season, and momentum on the side of the Rebels at home could be enough to carry their confidence into the fourth quarter.

Inside the Numbers

11 ---- Ole Miss leads the series against the Gators 11-9-1, but with Saturday being the first of two consecutive meetings, the Gators can even the score with wins.

1994 ----The last time the Gators defeated Ole Miss in Oxford. Okay, there's only been one game between the two teams in Oxford since 1994, but to put it into perspective, Danny Wuerffel was the Gator quarterback, Bill Clinton was in office and most of America didn't know what the internet was.

13 ----Normally it's an unlucky number, but with a win against the Rebels, Urban Meyer moves to 13-0 as the Gators head coach in the month of September.

10 ----The Gators have won 10 straight games, which is the longest streak in Meyer's career. Florida's longest win streak is 12 games accomplished back in 1995.

8 ----The number of college teams former Gator defensive coordinator and current Ole Miss defensive coordinator John Thompson has coached for throughout his career.

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