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Florida has won 22 consecutive season openers, the second-longest streak in the nation behind Nebraska (26). Florida’s last loss in an opener came against Mississippi in 1989.


Bowling Green’s defense vs. Florida RB Mike Gillislee. The Gators want to be a power running team, especially with an inexperienced quarterback, and expect to lean on Gillislee early. The senior spent the last three years playing sparingly behind Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey, and desperately wants to prove he can handle a bigger role.


Bowling Green: RB Anthon Samuel finished third in the country in rushing among freshmen, averaging 93.8 yards a game, and was named the Mid-American Conference freshman of the year.

Florida: QBs Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel are still battling for the starting job. Each will get a quarter to prove himself in The Swamp before the coaches decide how to split repetitions going forward. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease says a two-quarterback system is not sustainable long term, so the opener could be the final audition for the sophomores.


Matchup of two of Urban Meyer’s former teams. Meyer spent two years at Bowling Green (2001-02) and six seasons at Florida (2005-10). He was credited with turning around both programs. … Bowling Green has knocked off four ranked teams in 93 years, with wins against No. 18 Purdue in 1972, No. 16 Purdue in 2003, No. 12 Northern Illinois in 2003 and No. 25 Pittsburgh in 2008. … Florida’s last two games in The Swamp: a near-debacle against lower-division Furman and an embarrassing, turnover-filled loss to rival Florida State that prompted coach Will Muschamp to call his team soft.



Kentucky at No. 25 Louisville, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Louisville by 14

Series Record: Kentucky leads 14-10


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