No. 9 Florida plays Towson in search of 9th straight win
Towson (3-1) at No. 9 Florida (4-0), Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT (SEC Network).
Line: No line.
Series record: First meeting.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Florida’s eight-game winning streak, tied for the program’s longest since 2008.
Florida’s offensive line versus Towson’s defensive front. The Gators have yet to really control the line of scrimmage, struggling to run the ball against everyone — even lower-division Tennessee-Martin. Florida ranks 12th in the SEC and 91st in the nation in rushing, an area that needs improvement before facing heavyweights Auburn, LSU and Georgia.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Towson: QB Tom Flacco is a dual threat. The younger brother of Denver Broncos starter Joe Flacco, Tom Flacco has 1,092 yards passing and six touchdowns to go along with 227 yards rushing and two scores.
Florida: DE Jonathan Greenard is tied for the SEC lead with 5 ½ tackles for loss and ranks second in the league and 19th nationally with 3 ½ sacks.
FACTS & FIGURES
Towson is getting $500,000 to make the trip, the kind of payday that helps fund its entire athletic department. … Towson leads the Colonial Athletic Association in takeaways (12) and turnover margin (plus-9). … Towson is ranked 10th in the FCS coaches’ poll. … Florida is 4-0 against ranked FCS opponents, having beaten No. 14 Eastern Kentucky (2014), No. 24 Furman (2011), No. 2 Appalachian State (2010) and No. 1 Furman (1990). … The Gators have thrown for at least 300 yards in three straight games, the first time they’ve accomplished that feat since 2002-03. … Florida is playing its second FCS opponent this month. The Gators beat UT-Martin 45-0 on Sept. 7.