The no. 21 Florida Gators (1-1, 0-1 SEC) haven’t lost a regular season non-conference game since the end of the 2017 season. Florida will look to extend that winning streak to 14 straight games when they host USF Saturday night at The Swamp (7:30 p.m., SEC Network).
For the Gators, it’s an opportunity to turn the page after a 26-16 loss to No. 10 Kentucky last week. Florida will face an unranked team for the first time this season after back-to-back games against top 25 opponents.
Florida is 2-0 against USF, including a 42-20 win over the Bulls last year in Tampa. USF returns 10 starters on offense and eight starters on defense from last year’s team, while adding a handful of power-five program transfers, such as former Clemson wide receiver Ajou Ajou and the former Missouri defensive lineman Jatorian Hansford.
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9:14 p.m. | Florida Gators defense offers six picks at end of first half
A pass from USF’s Gerry Bohanon was intercepted by Georgian transfer Jalen Kimber and returned 39 yards for a touchdown to make it 24-10 Gators with 4:39 remaining in the half.
South Florida’s Spencer Shrader then connects on a 49-yard field goal to close out the half. The Gators lead 24-13.
Anthony Richardson of Florida is a quiet 7 for 9 for 75 yards. He also has four carries for a total of 5 yards.
“Overall, the plan is working offensively,” Florida coach Billy Napier told the SEC Network.
South Florida has over 200 rushing yards, led by Brian Battle’s 99 yards and score.
8:48 p.m. | Penalty helps Gators take 14-10 lead over South Florida
We come and go. The Florida Gators offense responded to a South Florida Spencer Shrader field goal with an 8-yard touchdown by Nay’Quan Wright with 4:45 left in the first half. Florida now leads 17-10.
USF forced Florida to a fourth down, however, a personal foul kept the drive alive for the Gators.
Florida now has 130 rushing yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns.
8:20 p.m. | Gators get big play in run game to retake lead
Montrell Johnson Jr. runs for a 62-yard touchdown to give the Gators a 10-7 lead to start the second quarter. Breathe much-needed life into the faithful of Florida.
8:14 p.m. | South Florida leads Gators 7-3 after first quarter
South Florida took a 7-3 lead over the Gators after the first quarter. Florida has just 70 yards in 10 plays so far in the game.
Florida quarterback Anthony Richards is 4-for-4 for 36 yards. He also had a 2 meter run. Nay’Quan Wright led the Gators backfield with three carries for 21 yards.
8:07 p.m. | USF ground game gives Bulls lead over Gators
The South Florida Bulls are coming for 81 yards on 12 plays in 6 minutes and 46 seconds to take a 7-3 lead with 1:21 left in the first quarter.
Brian Battle of the Bulls has four carries for 41 yards and the touchdown. As a team, South Florida already has over 100 rushing yards. The Gators really miss linebacker Ventrell Miller.
7:52 p.m. | Gator defense comes out on top when opening the disc
The Bulls’ opening practice ends in Florida territory after the Gators force a turnover, a fumble recovered by Shemar James.
Florida then moved the ball upfield before clinching at the 14-yard line. The Gators settle for a 31-yard field goal by Adam Mihalek. Florida leads 3-0 with 8:12 left in the first quarter.
4:30 p.m. | Gators without three starters tonight against USF
ALLIGATORS — OUT: LB Ventrell Miller (lower body), OL Michael Tarquin (lower body), LS Marco Ortiz (upper body), TE Arlis Boardingham (upper body), QB Jack Miller III (thumb), OL David Conner (upper from the body) ; QUESTIONABLE — CB Jaydon Hill (knee).
FUS — OUT: RB Kelley Joiner Jr. (foot); QUESTIONABLE: LB Antonio Grier (undisclosed), CB Christian Williams (undisclosed), CB Daquan Evans (undisclosed), DB Matthew Hill (undisclosed), WR Ajou Ajou (leg), WR Yusuf Terry (undisclosed), WR Latrell Williams (hamstrings).
Those on the field and in the stands can expect a 20-25% chance of showers at kickoff, with the temperature around 79 degrees, according to Andrew Shashy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. . Shashy said the chance of rain should decrease as the night progresses.
Where and when will the Florida Gators play the USF Bulls?
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 17
how can i watch florida football vs. USF on TV, streaming?
TV: SEC Network (channel 611 on DirecTV, channel 408 on Dish Network, channel 607 on AT&T), YouTube TV (2 week free trial), Hulu + Live TV (7 day free trial), fuboTV (7 day free trial)
Advertisers: Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (analyst), Cole Cubelic (reporter)
Live broadcast : WatchESPN (requires cable provider), ESPN+ ($9.99 per month), and the ESPN app
How can I listen to Florida vs. USF on the radio?
Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network (98.1 FM / 850 AM WRUF), ESPN Radio Network, SiriusXM (channel 192)
Gator IMG Sports Network Advertisers: Sean Kelley (play-by-play), Shane Matthews (analyst), Tate Casey (reporter)
Online Radio: WRUF.com, FloridaGators.com, Varsity App, TuneIn, SiriusXM.com (channel 963)
What is the last betting line for Florida vs. FUS?
Florida is a 24.5-point favorite over USF, according to Oddsshark.com, a betting odds aggregator. The plus-minus is 59 points.