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Florida vs Charleston Southern

9.1.18 / 7:30 PM

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

SEC Network

The Swamp will be rocking Saturday night as the Gators kickoff the 2018 football season and the start of the Dan Mullen era at 7:30 p.m. against Charleston Southern University. The Buccaneers are coming off of a decent season that saw them finish with a 6-5 (3-2) record and a third place finish in the Big South Conference.

Charleston Southern will be looking to improve on last year’s progress this season but will have their work cut out for them in week one. Last season, the Bucs scored a total of 250 points with 176 of them coming in just three games against simply awful teams.

At a glance:

Charleston Southern Buccaneers

Charleston, SC

Enrollment: 3,204

2017 record: 6-5, (3-2 Big South)

Head Coach: Mark Tucker (2nd season)

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While points have come at a premium for CSU, they have been even more difficult to come by when facing FBS opponents. They have scored less than 10 points in four of their last five FBS games and were shut out last season, by Indiana (27-0) and Mississippi State (49-0), respectively.

Florida’s secondary could have a huge game regardless of who starts at quarterback for the Bucs. Redshirt junior London Johnson and sophomore Jack Chambers combined for 1,394 passing yards, 10 TDs, 7 INTs, and a meager 49% completion rate.

Despite facing a completely outmatched opponent in week one, the gameday atmosphere will be a lot of fun and very high energy as Gator Nation has eagerly anticipated the start of the Mullen era. Coverage of the game will begin at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network.

Florida enters the game as a 39.5 point favorite.

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