Before we get to this week’s game, I want to offer this first prediction: Willie Taggart. And I’ll just leave it at that.
Now, on to Saturday’s game at Missouri.
I really like what Randy Shannon has done in his first week as the interim head coach. He’s shaken things up a little bit by changing the routine and naming Malik Zaire the starting quarterback.
Shannon has always been very popular among the players and they seem excited about the opportunity to play for him. It just feels like a fresh start to a season that had grown stagnant, and everyone seems ready to distance themselves from the recent events concerning the stunning departure of Jim McElwain.
The players definitely haven’t given up on this season. They’re talking about winning out and making it to a bowl game. Winning out is possible, but not likely.
Going with Zaire at quarterback is a good thing and could spark the dormant offense. Then, again, the Gators have the same guy (Doug Nussmeier) calling plays and the same players who have struggled so mightily throughout the season.
The way the Tigers have cranked things up on offense, including scoring 28 points against Georgia, I figure the Gators probably will have to score at least 28 points to win this game. And I just don’t see that happening.
Prediction: Missouri 31, Florida 17