I’ve been going over this all week, and I’ve come up with two very plausible scenarios for how this game will play out Saturday in Jacksonville.
Here’s the first one:
Florida’s red-zone woes continue, the Gators turn the ball over a few times on offense, give up a few plays on defense, and the Bulldogs spring the upset, dashingUF’s national title hopes. Part of this scenario would include Joe Cox having all kinds of time to throw and consistently moves the Georgia offense without the benefit of much of a running game. It also includes the Bulldogs stuffingUF’s usually reliable running game.
This could happen, but I’m just not feeling it.
What I am feeling is scenario two:
The Gators come out and avoid the red zone altogether by hitting some long scoring plays early in the game, including a TD bomb from TimTebow to Deonte Thompson. Once the Gators get the early lead, they’ll start playing with confidence and the red-zone problems will disappear, and then this team will start playing like everyone thought it would coming into the season. Defensively, I seeUF stifling the Georgia offense by shutting down the run, then harassing Cox all afternoon. A.J. Green will catch some passes, but the Florida defense is going to play one of its best games of the season.
This is a Florida team that is loaded with talent but hasn’t played up to its potential yet. It’s going to happen sometime. The Gators are going to put together a complete game and the results will be very impressive.
I just have a strong feeling that it’s going to happen in this game.
Prediction: Florida 34, Georgia 10