No. 3 Ole Miss entered Saturday’s matchup against No. 25 Florida as the favorite, but it now finds itself on upset alert down 25-0.
Will Grier playing big in the moment
Florida wasn’t even certain that freshman quarterback Will Grier would start on Saturday after it was discovered that Grier had the flu on Friday. But Grier was cleared to go before kickoff and has been brilliant thus far. Grier was 17 of 20 passing for 229 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, including touchdown passes of 77 and 36 yards.
Inability to sustain drives
One of the major factors working against Ole Miss in the first half was third-down efficiency. The Rebels converted only one of their six third-down attempts and their longest drive of the first half was seven plays, which ended in a punt. There has not been much balance for Ole Miss thus far, as the Rebels have only gained 22 yards on the ground in 17 attempts. Conversely, Florida has converted five of its eight third-down attempts and seems to be much more comfortable offensively.
This may be the biggest game in the Swamp since the Tim Tebow era, and is certainly sounds like it. Florida’s early lead has helped spark a crowd that was looking for any reason to explode. Ole Miss will have to deal with a loud stadium as it tries to attempt a comeback in the second half. As if the Gators defense wasn’t tough enough, they will now have the benefit of a very loud stadium as well.
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