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One Athlon writer projects Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators to be on the losing end of two 2017 upsets this season.

Athlon Sports: Florida Gators predicted to be on losing side of two 2017 upsets

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Athlon Sports: Florida expected to be part of biggest SEC upsets this season

Athlon Sports writer Mark Ross on Tuesday wrote about the top-10 SEC upsets for the 2017 season, and he has the Florida Gators on the losing end of two.

Ross projects the Gators will lose at Missouri on Nov. 4 as his No. 8 upset and has Florida losing to South Carolina one week later as his No. 2 SEC upset of the season.

His explanations, first with the Florida-Missouri matchup:

“The Gators are the two-time defending SEC East champions, while the Tigers have looked nothing like the team that accomplished the same feat in 2013-14. But Florida is replacing a ton of talent and experience on defense while Missouri brings back all but one starter on offense. The Tigers’ defense is still a weak spot, but the combination of QB Drew Lock, RB Damarea Crockett and WR J’Mon Moore could be too much for the Gators to handle in Memorial Stadium. This also has “trap game” written all over it for Florida since it falls between the showdown with Georgia in Jacksonville and a trip to Columbia to face South Carolina.”

And with the Florida-South Carolina game:

“The Gators are the two-time defending SEC East champions and beat the Gamecocks 20-7 last year. But South Carolina has the experience edge, especially at quarterback, and appears to have more reliable playmakers on defense. Most importantly, this game is in Columbia and not The Swamp. This not only provides Muschamp with an opportunity to exact a measure of payback against his former team, but it also allows the Gamecocks the chance to make a late statement and possibly add some intrigue to the SEC East race in the process.”

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