Idaho, Florida playing 4 years after 1st game was called
Idaho (4-6) vs. No. 15 Florida (7-3, No. 13 CFP), noon EST (ESPNU).
Line: Florida by 39½.
Series record: First meeting, sort of. The teams started a game in 2014, but it was called after a lengthy lightning delay and torrential downpours.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Florida has hopes of making a New Year’s Six bowl and can’t afford a slip-up in its final two games of the regular season. Idaho ends its season in Gainesville.
Idaho’s beleaguered defense — the Vandals rank 94th in the Football Championship Subdivision in yards allowed — against Florida’s up-and-down offense. The Gators should have a size, speed and talent advantage at every position.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Idaho: LB/TE Kaden Elliss. The senior lines up all over the field on defense and plays multiple positions on offense. He also could see snaps on special teams as a kick-blocking weapon.
Florida: WR/RB Tadarius Toney is averaging 11.3 yards a touch as a receiver and wildcat quarterback. He has 384 yards of offense, including 179 the last two games against Missouri and South Carolina.
FACTS & FIGURES
Idaho and Florida are playing more than four years after their first game barely got started and never finished. The Vandals kicked off on Aug. 30, 2014, following a three-hour lightning delay. It was the game’s only play. More lightning struck, prompting the game to be delayed again. It was declared a no contest around midnight. Florida agreed to pay Idaho the full $975,000 for the game. ... The Vandals are 0-5 on the road this season. ... It’s senior day for Florida, the team’s last home game of 2018. ... The Gators have won 18 consecutive games against first-time opponents. The streak includes 14 wins against current FBS teams and four against current FCS teams. Idaho is now an FCS opponent after moving down from FBS after last season.