I know, I know. I need to stop making predictions because I can’t seem to get anything right these days. I’m on a losing streak — just like the Gators are on a losing streak in The Swamp. It’s hard to explain, hard to figure out, but this is where it’s at.
Thankfully, the season is almost over and I’m down to just a few more picks. I would like to think that this one is a no-brainer, but with this Florida team you never know what you’re going to get. Is the offense going to stink again? Or is this one of those games where they go up-tempo, rotate the three quarterbacks in and out, and go up and down the field, scoring a bunch of points?
I have a feeling the latter is going to happen. Certainly, the offense can’t play any worse than it did last week. Watching the Gators try to get first downs against the South Carolina defense really reminded me of that inept Florida offense of 1979, the 0-10-1 year. Too many times this season, the 2010 offense has been scarily familiar to that inept ’79 offense. It’s impossible to explain, because the 2010 offense has a ton of speed and talent, whereas that ’79 group of pretty much void of both.
The offense certainly has been getting most of the blame for this disappointing four-loss season. But I’ve been saying since early in the season that this Florida defense isn’t much better, and I think we’re seeing that now. The Gators got pushed all over the field by a USC offense that really isn’t anywhere near as potent as it looked the other night. This team can’t make plays on third down, and can’t seem to get opposing offenses off the field. It’s contributed to the low number of plays the UF offense has run in several games this season.
Really, this humbling season has been a total team effort. The sad thing is, I don’t see too much changing here in the last two games. The Gators should be OK against FCS power Appalachian State. The Mountaineers are a very good team, very complete, and very well-coached. But the Gators have too much speed and talent and should pull away at some point (maybe not until the fourth quarter). The following week, that’s going to be a tough one. I see the offense going back into meltdown mode in Tallahassee. But we’ll hold off on that game until next week.
Prediction No. 1: Meyer is going to make some serious changes on his coaching staff after the season (no brainer, right?).
Prediction No. 2: Florida 28, Appalachian State 17.