Tim Tebow believes Florida still has the pieces to 'go to the next level'
Florida hasn’t been producing a ton of positive results of late. The Gators have lost 3 of their past 5 games, and they’re no longer in the AP Top 25 poll after their 49-42 defeat at LSU on Oct. 16.
Some of the struggles can be attributed to Florida’s play on the field. However, the team has also been dealing with key injuries throughout the year. And that’s why SEC Network analyst and former Gators QB Tim Tebow thinks Florida’s 4-3 record can be a bit deceiving.
On “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Friday, Tebow discussed the Gators’ recent play and looked ahead to their matchup against No. 1 Georgia on Saturday.
“I think sometimes all we do is we look at the results, and we don’t necessarily understand the why,” Tebow said on the show. “And that’s where some people need to step back and not be so emotional about it and look at it logically and say, your best player has been injured most of the year. I think that’s Anthony Richardson. He’s a game-changer with a hamstring, he’s been out most of those big games.
“Then you say, how could this team go to the next level? I think they have the pieces to possibly go there, and I think you’re going to see Florida take a step [Saturday] afternoon to play to the level of their competition. Now can they beat Georgia? I don’t know, it’s going to take a heck of a game. I think Georgia probably is from top to bottom the best team in the country.
“But if you say I don’t know that Florida is a top 25 team, I don’t think anyone should listen to you when you talk about football. This is a very competitive team that’s been missing a few pieces that if they could figure it out, then I do think they’re a top 15, maybe even possibly a top 10 team that just hasn’t executed in some of the most crucial plays.”
Florida will look to pull off the upset when it kicks off against Georgia in Jacksonville on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.