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Florida vs. Jacksonville State, Theater of Operations: Previewing the FCS Gamecocks

With a defense that ranks near the bottom of the FCS, the Gamecock offense is going to have to keep up with the Gators.

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The Florida Gators take on their annual FCS opponent tomorrow in the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in The Swamp on ESPN3. Yes, it's exciting knowing that the Gators are going to win, but that hasn't been the case for the past couple of weeks.

The Gamecocks are one of the worst teams in the FCS when it comes to defense.

We'll look at their offense against the only other FBS team they've played this year. A loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 1, in the first game of the season.

Play No. 1: Marques Ivory's 31 yard pass to Alan Bonner


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A simple go-route down the sideline.


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In an area that I fully expect the Gators to just absolutely dominate, the Gamecock offensive line holds against the Razorback defense.


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A great effort to get that foot down to complete the catch.

Play No. 2: Ivory's 19 yard touchdown pass to Troymaine Pope


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A little run down the sideline by the running back and a little scramble and pump fake by the quarterback leads to Pope being wide open.


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The pump fake to the other side of the field draws the defenders to that side leaving the running back all by himself on the left (top of screen).


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Pope catches the ball with a defender bearing down on him.


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A quick stop and push (with the free arm) causes the Arkansas defender to miss the tackle and Pope is free for the touchdown.

Play No. 3: Pope's 22 yard run


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Just a simple hand off to Pope who will run the ball to the right side.


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A great running lane and some good blocking further down the field allows Pope to get down the field. He shows good speed on this play.

The running land from another angle:


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Great blocking on the play.

About the only other thing I'm looking forward to this weekend is the McRib, which is back at McDonald's in case you didn't know. That sandwich and just about anything goes together perfectly. Yes, I had four McRibs yesterday and I don't care. I'll probably have a couple today and then like eight or nine during the game tomorrow.

I fully expect the Gators to win and win easily. But it wouldn't surprise me if the Gamecocks kept it close throughout the first quarter.