Since there is no mystery about who will win Saturday’s game in The Swamp, I thought I would skip giving a score and offer up some other predictions about the game instead.
Here we go:
* Starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins will not play in the game. He’ll be standing on the sideline along with senior linebacker Dustin Doe. UF coach Urban Meyer announced earlier in the week that Doe was suspended from the game due to his legal issues over the summer. Meyer, however, would not say whether Jenkins is suspended for his arrest this summer. Prediction: He is, for one game.
* Florida’s three tailbacks — Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey and Emmanuel Moody — will all rush for more than 100 yards. Each will have a run of 25 yards or longer. I see Demps breaking a big one, 70 yards or longer. These guys had a great camp and they’ll have a chance to show their stuff Saturday.
* John Brantley will play more than Tim Tebow. I have a feeling Tebow will head to the sideline midway through the second quarter and then Brantley will play the rest of the way (or close to it). With UF trying to get its young wide receivers some experience, Brantley should be airing it out a good bit. I see him throwing for 250 yards or more and tossing four touchdown passes. That would be a pretty good day for the 2010 starter.
* There will not be much of a drop-off when the second-team defense takes over (probably sometime during the second quarter). The competition for playing time has been so intense and the Gators have so much talent that the backups will look pretty much like the starters when they’re in there. In past years, one-sided games have gotten sloppy in the second half because the UF reserves did not play well, especially on defense. That won’t happen in this one.
* Jaye Howard will start ahead of Terron Sanders at defensive tackle. True sophomore Matt Patchan will start at left offensive tackle and Carl Johnson will stay at left guard.
* The Gators will return a kickoff for a touchdown (it will be the first of Brandon James’ career, that counted) and Meyer’s punt-block team will block a punt.
* Joe Haden will not line up at quarterback in the wildcat formation. This is more of a guess, I guess.
* The defense will pitch a shutout.