I think everyone knows this is a game Florida should, and will, win quite handily.
The interesting aspect to me is how many of these young players are going to get into the game fairly early and gain their first significant playing time. I think Tim Tebow will retire to the bench before halftime, making this a John Brantley game. What I would like to see is Brantley getting playing time with the No. 1 line and some of the experienced receivers. All of his work so far this season has come with the second-team offense. This would be a chance to see what the offense is going to look like next season.
I know that some UF fans will be expecting some anxious moments early in this game, because that’s just the way every game seems to have gone this season. But those moments should pass quickly. The offense has had problems sustaining drive and scoring touchdowns in the red zone, but this is an FIU defense that likely will offer little resistance. The Golden Panthers are giving up more than 400 yards of total offense a game, and that’s been against some pretty weak competition.
Basically, this is going to be a tuneup for those final two games — Florida State on Nov. 28 and Alabama the following Saturday in the SEC Championship Game.
The goal against FIU is to keep everyone healthy (the Gators are finally close to full strength on defense) and get those young players as many reps as possible. Then move on to the games that will define this season.
Prediction: Florida 51, Florida International 10