COLUMBIA, Mo. • The college football season is just two weeks old, too early to make decisive judgments about most teams, good or bad, especially Jim McElwain’s Florida Gators.
The two-time defending Southeastern Conference East Division champions have played just one game — and played it with a depleted offense. The No. 24 Gators (0-1) showed no semblance of offense in a 33-17 loss to Big Ten power Michigan, then had last week’s game against Northern Colorado canceled because of Hurricane Irma. The Gators are still without nine players who are suspended for undisclosed reasons, though multiple Florida outlets have linked the suspended Gators to a credit card fraud investigation. On Wednesday, McElwain said there was no update on their status heading into Saturday’s home opener against No. 23 Tennessee.
The nine players, including star receiver Antonio Callaway and starting running back Jordan Scarlett, don’t appear on the team’s updated depth chart.
The status of Saturday’s SEC opener game against Tennessee was unclear until the SEC announced Tuesday that the game will go on as scheduled as the entire state of Florida recovers from the destructive storm. UF administration consulted with Gainesville city officials and the league office before deciding to keep the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
As for the Gators, the families of around 50 players had their homes affected by Irma, McElwain said.
“Our first thoughts are with our kids, their families and the state of Florida and all the people affected in a way…
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