GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s three-game winning steak against Georgia will be in jeopardy Saturday.
The Gators are two-touchdown underdogs against No. 3 UGA, but former Florida tight end Ben Troupe thinks that plays into their favor. Troupe, who now co-hosts the ‘Three & Out’ radio show on ESPN Coastal, made the game-winning touchdown catch when UF upset the Bulldogs in 2002.
“I think Florida is in a perfect position this year,” Troupe told SEC Country. “Go out there and play loose. You have to make Georgia beat you. Don’t just let them. Georgia hasn’t played a team to the wire since Notre Dame. So if Florida could make it a fourth-quarter game, that’ll have give them a chance.
“Obviously Georgia is playing lights out. They’re kind of looking like the Alabama East right now with how they’re playing on defense and running the ball. Florida has nothing to lose and everything to gain. The pressure isn’t on us. The pressure is on them. They’re undefeated. We’re not.”
Florida coach Jim McElwain is under fire from some fans and columnists after 3-3 start this season and his death threat comments Monday. Troupe has been unhappy with the lack of production offensively, but he’s not ready to pull the plug on McElwain yet.
“I give Coach Mac a lot of credit,” Troupe said. “There’s not too many people that can deal with nine suspensions and losing your top two players on offense. As a coach you have to make the most of what you have and he’s done the best he could in this situation. When your best players are freshmen, it’s hard to win.
“To win the East his first two years and start rebuilding the program, I give him the benefit of the doubt. But at the end of the day, it’s still Florida. We don’t just care about wins and losses. We care about what we put out there on the field, and our offense since he’s been there just hasn’t gotten better.”