Chris Doering may have played at Florida from 1992-95, but that doesn’t mean the SEC Network analyst always picks the Gators to win.
In fact, Doering is picking against them this week.
Doering told Jimmy Hyams of WNML that Florida will lose to Tennessee this week, and he has a reason for it.
“I said before the year, if they lost to Kentucky, they are going to come up here and lose to [Tennessee],” Doering told Hyams. “They just don’t have the leadership. They don’t have guys on that team that know how to compete. … I thought, going into the year, Florida might win seven games. I think it’s probably going to be fortunate for them to get to that six-win mark.”
The Gators have opened the year 2-1, but they’ve lost their only conference game so far — a 27-16 home loss to Kentucky on Sept. 8.
With new coach Dan Mullen at the helm and redshirt sophomore Feleipe Franks starting at quarterback, Doering isn’t sold on Florida’s offense.
“The quarterback is very limited in what he can do,” Doering said, per Hyams. “I don’t think he processes information very well. I don’t think he puts air under the ball and gives his receivers an opportunity. There’s a lot of talent at running back and receiver, but if you can’t protect up front, if you can’t get someone off the line of scrimmage, all that talent is a moot point.
“So they are going to struggle offensively this season, and it’s going to be tough until they can secure things up front.”