Here’s my first prediction: after the loss to Georgia and with the noon start, it’s going to be a late-arriving crowd in The Swamp, and there are going to be thousands of no-shows in the student section. Duh, right? So, the intensity level and the atmosphere aren’t going to be anywhere close to where they were for the Auburn game five weeks ago.
Prediction No. 2: The Gators don’t care.
They don’t care because the Gators have been generating their own intensity and energy this week on the practice field. In the words of tight end Lucas Krull, the players have been practicing “pissed off.” And they plan to carry that over to the field Saturday against Vanderbilt.
That’s a good thing. Instead of getting down (and staying there) over the Georgia loss, the Gators are angry. That’s the way it should be. They’re going to play angry Saturday, which is going to eliminate the possibility of an emotional hangover.
Fired up and ready to go against a team that simply isn’t as good as them, the Gators are going to get off to a quick start, take an early lead, and build on it.
UF isn’t going to win the SEC East. But they can still do one better than last year’s team and win 11 games in Dan Mullen’s second season and go to a New Year’s Six bowl game again. Just win out. That’s all it takes.
So, stay angry Gators.
Prediction: Florida 42, Vanderbilt 10.