By Adam Sznapstajler


In the first bowl matchup and only the third matchup on their program’s history, the Gators met with up and coming UCF in the Gasparilla Bowl. Despite playing with an interim Head Coach, QB on the transfer market, and many key players out the Gators faced a tough situation against the up and coming in state rivals.

The game played out like many of the Gators games have this season, if not a microcosm of the season as a whole. Early the Gators were obviously the more talented team and looked prime to grow a big lead. Unfortunately that did not last long. The Gators were quickly brought down to earth by a staunch UCF rushing attack that times physically dominated the UF defensive line with should-be superior athletes.

With starting QB Anthony Richardson out the Gators had to turn to soon-to-transfer Emory Jones. I among others hoped he would use this opportunity to showcase his quarterback skills in a tough transfer market. Unfortunately Jones did not show up for the moment and his poor play kept the Gators at a disadvantage the whole game. This really mirrors the hype that Jones had going into the season.

I was a fan of Emory and wish him the best wherever he ends up going forward.

Overall this was a matchup that most Gators fans will soon want to forget and write off as the a transition game and I’ll jump in that crowd. It’s nice to have had a chance to beat your in-state rivals but today the Billy Napier era truly started in Gainesville and that’s what really matters.