I went against my gut last week and picked Florida to beat LSU. I won’t do that again.
Here’s what my gut is telling me this week: Saturday night’s game against Texas A&M is going to play out a lot like that 2014 Missouri game in The Swamp. We all remember that one, right? It was homecoming and it turned into a turnover fest that was the beginning of the end for Will Muschamp, and effectively the end for Jeff Driskel. The game turned into a huge meltdown by the Florida offense that led to a stunning 42-13 loss. I’m sensing a similar offensive meltdown Saturday night, and another one-sided loss.
The Texas A&M defense is fast and aggressive and will throw all kinds of stunts and blitzes at a Florida offense that basically has no weapons left in the passing game with Tyrie Cleveland and Kadarius Toney out. The Aggies lead the SEC in sacks and create all kinds of negative plays. They’re going to have all kinds of fun attacking this impotent offense.
And the A&M offense is also going to enjoy going against a Florida defense that is susceptible in so many ways and hasn’t created a turnover in three consecutive games — and hasn’t recovered a fumble all season. A&M loves attacking the edge with dual-threat quarterback Kellen Mond, and as we saw last week, the Gators have a tendency to give up the edge way too often and way too easily.
Overall, it’s just a bad matchup for the Gators. And it’s going to lead to a bad loss.
Prediction: Texas A&M 28, Florida 6