So far this season, my pregame feelings have pretty much been right on.
had a feeling Ole Miss was going to cause major problems, especially
quarterback Jevan Snead, and Snead threw a long touchdown pass in the
fourth quarter and the Rebels escaped The Swamp with a 31-30 upset
victory, the Gators’ only loss of the season.
Heading into the
LSU game, I heard a lot of talk about how the Tigers had more overall
talent than the Gators and would prevail. I felt the complete opposite.
I thought the Gators matched up really well against LSU and that
Florida would be at an emotional high and would win the game by a
comfortable margin. I didn’t think it would be 51-21, but I felt the
Gators would make a statement.
A few weeks later, I had no
doubt the Gators were going to put down the ‘Dogs. I’ve never seen a
team more prepared to play or more determined to win a game. I saw this
in interviews early in the week. I can only imagine how intense things
were on the practice field as the Gators prepared to get their revenge
against Georgia for the end zone celebration from a year ago.
As for Vanderbilt, I don’t think anyone doubted UF would win going away.
brings us to South Carolina and former coach Steve Spurrier. I think
Spurrier can cause some real problems in The Swamp on Saturday. He has
a strong defense and an offense that seems to be improving, and it will
feature alternating quarterbacks. Could Spurrier pull the upset? Of
course. But I don’t think he will. My feeling on this one is that the
Gators are locked in and playing as well or better than any team in the
nation and will get after the Gamecocks just like they got after LSU,
Georgia and others over the past month. I see a competitive game early,
with the Gators eventually pulling away in the second half.
As for the rest of the season?
The feelings come one game at a time.