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Chomping at Bits: Is Florida teasing new uniforms or helmets for Homecoming?

There's a chance.


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Is Florida teasing new helmets for Homecoming? Jim McElwain set Florida Twitter on fire on Monday night by firing out this image to advertise the Gators' Homecoming game against Vanderbilt on Saturday.

The conspicuously shadowed helmet feeds into rumors — ones that have existed since the offseason — that Florida would do something different with its uniforms or helmets this year. But August rumors that new black Nike apparel would match black uniforms for the Gators were deemed largely untrustworthy, and the only team of the eight forecast to wear black back then to actually do so in 2015 has been Ohio State.

Indeed, the only unusual thing Florida's done with its uniforms to date this season is hew to monochromatic color-on-color outfits for its first seven games; only against Georgia did the Gators finally wear contrasting jerseys and pants for the first time this season, and that was likely largely because the game's new color versus color uniform protocols won't allow for one team to wear monochromatic duds.

Will this tease turn into something? It's a fair bet, fairer than usual, especially because a truly new uniform component, even if it's merely a helmet, would do much to satiate those in Florida's fan base who are inexplicably thirsty for a deviation from the classic colors — and especially timeless helmet — the Gators currently don on Saturdays. But if Florida's going to wear something special, expect an announcement during the week, not on Saturday, to maximize buzz.

David Sharpe, Martez Ivey could both miss Vanderbilt game: I think this is more precautionary than anything. (Robbie Andreu, The Gainesville Sun)

Going the distance: Opponents aren't starting drives anywhere near Florida's end zone, and it's crippling those opposing offenses' chances of scoring on the rugged Gators defense. (Thomas Goldkamp, 247Sports)

Gators "cutting through clutter": If a team is ignoring something, or at least feigning ignorance, I don't think that really qualifies as "cutting through clutter." (Chris Harry, GatorZone)

Chris Chiozza fine despite ankle injury: Ah, basketball. (Chris Harry, GatorZone)

Florida could extend another opponent's offensive misery:

Your Gators moment of zen: When you fake the funk in the kitchen, you'll get broiled.

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