GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- Florida coach Ron Zook tried to call last week's 41-16 loss to defending national champion Miami a blessing in disguise.
"Our football team is going to get better," Zook said. "The great thing about this is it's early and we have a lot of football to play."
The rest of the season for the 13th-ranked Gators, who dropped seven spots in the latest coaches' poll, starts Saturday with a game against overmatched Ohio.
Ohio (0-2) is coming off a 31-0 loss to Division I-AA Northeastern and has dropped 12 of its last 13 games, including the last eight. The Bobcats have been shut out in three of their last six games.
Florida is 9-1 against teams from the Mid-American Conference, suffering its only loss to Miami of Ohio in the 1973 Tangerine Bowl. Zook was a defensive back for Miami in that game and had a tackle on the opening kickoff.
The Gators likely will take out their frustrations on the Bobcats, beginning with Heisman Trophy finalist Rex Grossman, who was just 19-of-45 for 191 yards with two interceptions against Miami.
Florida was held without a touchdown pass for the first time since November 6, 1999 against Vanderbilt and suffered its worst home since 1979.
One of the few bright spots last week was by safety Todd Johnson, who had two interceptions.
Chad Brinker of Ohio has 212 rushing yards in his first two games.