While the Gators celebrate their turnaround season, I’m continue to suffer through one of my own.
Through 12 games, I’m 6-6 with my predictions of Florida games. Like the HBC might say, that’s a lousy record. Shoot, I’m barely bowl eligible. So, yes, I’ve been way off my game this season.
Given that record, I know what you’re thinking: pick Michigan. Because if I pick Michigan, Florida will probably win. Just like the Gators did when I picked LSU and FSU and so on and so forth.
So, what the heck, I’ll make everybody’s day and pick Michigan.
Maybe things will be different here in the postseason.
I don’t have a strong feeling either way about this matchup with Michigan. Maybe that’s what I need to start my turnaround in the right direction. I had a strong feeling about FSU (why in the world, I have no idea looking back on it), but not much of a feel at all about this game.
My one thought is that Michigan was one of the best teams in the country before the Wolverines went to Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 24 and got slaughtered 62-39 by Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. That Michigan team was lousy. But that won’t be the Michigan team the Gators face in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Instead, they’ll be facing the same kind of Michigan team that smacked them around in Texas in last season’s opener.
The Gators are going to get hit with a big old dose of power football. They’ll cope with it early, but eventually will succumb to it. I see the defense having problems getting off the field and the offense hurting itself with a bunch of sacks and negative plays. I see a tough day for Feleipe Franks and the passing game. I don’t think he’ll get benched this time, but it’s going to be a game-long struggle.
The bottom line is I just think Michigan is a slightly better team than Florida and it will be reflected in the final result.
Prediction: Michigan 27, Florida 21.