Vegas: Florida football will win 8 regular-season games
Welcome to another installment of Good Morning, Gators, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering Florida athletics with Florida beat writer Jordan McPherson. Today, we look at Vegas’ early projections for Florida football, Florida baseball’s possible SEC standing finishes and more.
As revealed by ESPN on Thursday, CG Technology released season win total projections for about 50 college football teams, including the Florida Gators.
And if you believe the Las Vegas-based sportsbook operator, the Gators are going win 8 games in the 2017 regular season, which doesn’t include potential conference championships or bowl games. This number is tied with Auburn and Georgia for the third-most wins among the 12 SEC teams on the list behind Alabama (10.5) and LSU (9). Ole Miss and Vanderbilt were not included in this list.
If this number were to ring true, it would hold serve with the Gators’ regular-season win total from last season.
When baseball and football collide
Three Gators football players stepped up to the pitcher’s mound showed off their throwing skills Thursday night.
Redshirt senior safety Nick Washington (a former high school outfielder), defensive lineman Jordan Sherit (a self-acclaimed two-time Little League All-American) and safety Marcell Harris threw out the ceremonial first pitch to open the No. 5 Gators baseball team’s regular season finale against No. 6 Kentucky.
— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) May 18, 2017
The pregame pitches could be argued as the highlight of the night for Florida fans, as the Gators gave up a season-high-tying 20 hits and lost the game 12-4.
Florida baseball in the SEC standings
With the Gators dropping their series opener to Kentucky and No. 10 LSU defeating No. 8 Mississippi State on Thursday, we have ourselves a three-way tie atop the SEC baseball leaderboard with two games left to play. Here’s what this means for the Gators’ potential SEC standings
If Florida wins both remaining games against Kentucky …
The Gators clinch the East, at least a share of the overall conference title and the No. 1 overall seed in the SEC Tournament.
The only team that could tie the Gators at this point would be LSU, which would need to win both of its remaining games in Starkville, Miss., against Mississippi State. However, Florida would get the higher seed in the conference tournament because the Gators took 2 of 3 against the Tigers during their regular-season matchup.
If Florida wins one of its remaining games against Kentucky …
The Gators would share the SEC East title with Kentucky and would earn either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the SEC Tournament depending on how the LSU series finishes.
If LSU sweeps Mississippi State, Florida earns the No. 3 seed. If the Tigers go 1-1 or drop both games, Florida will be the No. 2 seed.
If Florida loses both remaining games against Kentucky …
This is where things get tricky. Florida would finish second in the East and would earn anywhere from the No. 3-5 seed in the SEC Tournament based on how the LSU-Mississippi State and Arkansas-Texas A&M series finish. A reminder that only the top-4 seeds earn a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Men’s golf coach J.C. Deacon:
After all we went thru as a team to have it end like that is devastating.Knowing this team won't ever compete together again breaks my heart
— JC Deacon (@realjcdeacon) May 18, 2017
I want to thank everyone on team Florida who helped put this team together. It hurts like this because this team meant so much 2 so many.
— JC Deacon (@realjcdeacon) May 18, 2017
Former Gators baseball player Brad Wilkerson:
— Brad Wilkerson (@slugger6177) May 18, 2017
Football coach Jim McElwain:
— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) May 18, 2017
Florida heavily represented at NCAA track prelims
Florida’s No. 2-ranked men’s track and field team and No. 8-ranked women’s team will each have 26 entries in next weekend’s NCAA East Preliminary meet. Of those entries, 15 currently hold top-5 marks in their respective events. They include:
- Women’s 200-meter run: Senior Kyra Jefferson (first, 22.43 seconds)
- Women’s 400-meter run: Sophomore Sharrika Barnett (T-fifth, 52.25 seconds)
- Men’s 800-meter run: Senior Andres Arroyo (third, 1:45.74)
- Men’s 110-meter hurdles: Freshman Grant Holloway (T-second, 13.42 seconds)
- Men’s 400-meter hurdles: Redshirt senior Eric Futch (second, 48.82 seconds); senior TJ Holmes (fourth 49.19 seconds)
- Men’s 4×100-meter relay (second, 38.73 seconds)
- Women’s 4×100-meter relay (second, 42.97 seconds)
- Men’s 4×400-meter relay (fourth, 3:03.08)
- Women’s 4×400-meter relay (first, 3:27.33)
- Men’s long jump: Junior KeAndre Bates (first, 8.13 meters) and Holloway (second, 8.04 meters)
- Men’s triple jump: Bates (first, 16.70 meters)
- Women’s triple jump: Sophomore Yanis David (second, 13.92 meters)
- Women’s javelin: Redshirt senior Marija Vucenovic (third, 55.93 meters)
Men’s tennis falls in Round of 16
No. 15-seed Florida couldn’t pull off the upset Thursday night, falling 4-0 to No. 2-seed and defending national champion Virginia on Thursday in Athens, Ga. The Gators finished the season 19-10 overall.
While the team’s season is over, two players have a chance to win individual national titles. Sophomore Alfredo Perez and freshman Johannes Ingildsen will compete in the NCAA individual doubles competition. Both will also compete in the singles tournament.
Thank you all for supporting us this season, we couldn't have made it this far without all of you 🐊🎾💪 pic.twitter.com/jE3R3bfnqB
— Gators Men's Tennis (@GatorsMTN) May 18, 2017
- The No. 1-seed Florida softball team begins NCAA Tournament action today. Here’s a look back at some of the team’s top moments in the tournament under coach Tim Walton.
- SEC Country’s Ryan Young spoke with Florida football coach Jim McElwain about Antonio Callaway’s status after his marijuana citation. McElwain didn’t say much other than he was “really disappointed.”
- The Independent Florida Alligator’s Spencer Thompson previews top-ranked Florida women’s tennis’ NCAA Tournament Round of 16 matchup with SEC opponent Texas A&M.
- The Oklahoman’s Kyle Fredrickson takes a closer look at Florida softball coach Tim Walton’s relationship with former assistant and now Oklahoma State head coach Kenny Gajewski.
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