Greg McElroy discusses what makes Florida a legitimate Playoff contender
The Florida Gators got off to a great start offensively in a 51-35 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday.
QB Kyle Trask even looked like a Heisman Trophy contender, throwing for 416 yards and 6 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. Yes, there are concerns defensively, but the Gators looked like a College Football Playoff contender against the Rebels.
SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy was calling the game, and he explained why the Gators’ Playoff chances are legitimate this year (via 247Sports):
“It starts at the quarterback spot — Kyle Trask has great poise, he’s very accurate and he understands where he fits within the offense,” McElroy said late in Saturday’s fourth quarter. “He has a really good supporting cast and the offensive line appears to have taken the next step in their development. They have continuity. And in a year in which we’ve always wondered about the challenges of trying to prepare a team, these guys have already played extensive amounts of football.
“So, I think that continuity, the athleticism they have on the perimeter … there’s a lot to like about this team. If they can identify a pass rusher on defense, they might not miss a beat from where they were on defense last year.”
The road will get tougher moving forward for the Gators, but with Trask and Kyle Pitts leading the way offensively, they should continue to put up plenty of points.
Will that earn them an SEC East title and a trip to Atlanta? We’ll find out soon enough.