GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida dropped out of the AP poll this week after a sloppy 24-7 win over UMass.
UF coach Jim McElwain was asked Wednesday whether he’s concerned about the need for style points.
“I’m not a pretty guy anyway, so I’ll probably never win pretty,” McElwain said on the SEC coaches teleconference. “I think at the end of the day it’s about figuring out how to win a ballgame.
“I know a lot of people probably think that they’ve got to run points up, but that’s just probably not a way we were made.”
With several new starters and more than a dozen Gators playing in their first career game, the season opener was more about discovery than domination.
“We were able to learn a lot from last week’s ballgame from a lot of guys that had their first collegiate experience,” McElwain said. “It was fun to see them get in there and play. Now they’ve got to realize, you’re not a rookie anymore.”
The level of competition is much higher this week with Kentucky traveling to The Swamp. It’s been a one-score game between the Gators and Wildcats the past two years.
“Let’s see how we’re going to perform,” McElwain said, “and seeing what this Gator team is going to be all about.”
Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.