Florida Gators survive: Week Zero Winners and Losers

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Week 0 gave us plenty of excitement, but it also gave us a ton of sloppy play. The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes brought college football back to our lives, but it took a while for the quality of play to increase. Turnovers and penalties dominated the first half, and it wasn’t pretty.

Winner: Florida Gators

Besides the obvious that they won the game. Florida’s playoff hopes remain intact. They’re hanging by a string, but still intact. A team that’s supposed to challenge Georgia in the SEC East looked like a team not ready to play. They gave Miami a ton of opportunities to win the game, and walk away with a lot of the Gators’ future goals as well. A win keeps those goals achievable, and Florida can work out some of their big issues.

Winner: Miami’s new Turnover Chain

We all knew Miami would bring back the Turnover Chain. We just didn’t know what it would look like. The answer to that question emerged soon when the Hurricanes forced a turnover early in the first half. Miami introduced the ‘305’ Turnover Chain for the 2019 season.

They also added touchdown rings for the offense.

Miami continues to be a trendsetter when it comes to swag, and it doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon.

Loser: Florida Gators ball security

Since the Hurricanes’ Turnover Chain emerged multiple times, that meant Florida struggled to keep the ball. Two first half turnovers put the Gators behind heading into the half, and gave Miami hope. The Florida Gators were picked to be a contender in the SEC East, but they looked anything but that against the Canes. Florida gets a tune-up game against UT-Martin next, but can’t afford anymore games like this going forward.

Winner: Khalil Tate

Kevin Sumlin’s staff worked hard to make Khalil Tate a better passer. The only problem was that Tate ran the ball less and became less effective. In order for him to have a successful season, he needed balance. Arizona found some of that in their Week 0 matchup against Hawaii.

The Wildcats came up short (literally) in Saturday’s game against Hawaii, but Tate showed balance in his game. He passed for 361 yards and three touchdowns, but also rushed for 108 yards. It wasn’t enough for the win as Tate came up one yard short of tying the game as time expired. Arizona’s defense produced six turnovers in the game.

Loser: Arizona’s escort

The tweet speaks for itself. The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes struggled during the game, but the Wildcats couldn’t get to the field on time. Whatever happened, it certainly added some drama to the game before it even started.

Winner: College football fans

Whether you’re a fan of the Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, Arizona Wildcats, or any other team, college football is back. We’ve waited all year for this, and it’s finally here. Both games were incredibly sloppy, but also entertaining. College football is back, and we couldn’t be happier.

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