Florida giving up an historic amount of points through first 2 weeks of season
Florida is off to an impressive start to the 2020 season. The Gators are ranked No. 4 in the country after back-to-back wins over Ole Miss and South Carolina in which they’ve scored 89 total points and racked up 990 yards of total offense.
However, the Gators are giving up a lot of offense to opposing teams, too. In fact, they nearly made history in that regard during their first two games.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Florida’s 59 points allowed are the third most it’s allowed in its first two games of a season, behind only the 69 points it allowed in 1965 and the 65 it gave up in 1917 (h/t SEC Network’s Brandon Zimmerman). Of course, that hasn’t hurt the Gators as they continue to pile up a ton of offense of their own.
It’s worth noting that typically Florida opens the season against lighter non-conference opponents, as many top schools do. This year’s schedule is different, though, as every SEC team is playing a 10-game conference-only schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So the Gators immediately jumped into conference play against some quality opponents.
Three of Florida’s next four games are against ranked teams, so it will be interesting to see if it can maintain this model of success. Because if the Gators’ offense slows down, they may also need to find a way to better limit opposing offenses.
Florida looks to improve to 3-0 this Saturday as it travels to take on No. 21 Texas A&M at noon ET on ESPN.