A few weeks ago, I had a strong feeling Missouri was going to upset Florida in The Swamp, but I didn’t act on it. Instead, I went with my head and picked the Gators and therefore missed my pick.
I vowed after that game that I’m going to go with my gut from now on. And my gut is telling me now that Florida is going to lose to Florida State on Saturday.
My gut is telling me that FSU is going to hit some explosive plays on offense early to generate momentum and confidence, and the Seminoles will be tough to stop the rest of the afternoon. I know the FSU offensive line is dysfunctional at times, but those guys held their own against a strong Boston College defensive front a week ago and will play with confidence Saturday.
Offensively, the Gators are going to need to run the ball, and FSU’s defensive strength is stopping the run. So, my gut tells me the Seminoles will load up against the run and put the game in the hands of Feleipe Franks. Once they do that Brian Burns and those guys on the FSU front are going to come after him and pressure him into some poor decisions that will lead to game-changing turnovers.
So, I see a tough time in Tally for Franks and the offense.
Just going with the gut on this one.
Prediction: Florida State 31, Florida 17.