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Florida vs. East Carolina, Game Thread: Yarr, Gators, do it again

Florida needs to maintain momentum after a feel-good opener.

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They're wearing all-orange, but the Florida Gators have more to do to keep their new-team smell against East Carolina on Saturday night (7 p.m., ESPN2 or WatchESPN).

A week after aerating New Mexico State, the Gators will need to prove that premier performances from Will Grier and Treon Harris weren't just premiere performances. The Gators' defense will need to look sharper than it did in a relatively sloppy first half against the Aggies to assuage skittish Florida fans wondering if losing Will Muschamp might actually hurt the talent-stocked unit. And given the Aggies' general lucklessness this decade, it would probably be a good thing for Florida to show signs of life against a team that did make a bowl last season.

You see, faith is a vulnerable thing, and Florida fans have had their faith shaken in recent years. Last week restored some of it — but faith isn't built on a single miracle, not typically. It's built on belief in something that appears solid every week.

This Saturday, we'll see if Florida can do what it hasn't in a while:

Build on something good.