Since we all pretty much know what’s going to happen in the opener (a big, one-sided Florida win over Miami of Ohio), I’m not even going to bother picking a score in this one. But I do have some predictions for Saturday.
Here they are:
• On UF’s first play, the Gators will line up in the I-formation with John Brantley under center and Brantley will throw a deep ball to Deonte Thompson on a play-action pass.
• Jeff Demps will return a kickoff for a touchdown (even though he probably won’t get many opportunities).
• Chris Rainey will catch a short pass and turn it into a long touchdown play.
• Omarius Hines will start making UF fans forget about former star tight end Aaron Hernandez. Hines has had a great camp and the coaches are fired up about what he’s going to contribute to the offense.
• The Gators will have two 100-yard rushers — Demps and Emmanuel Moody.
• Wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. will not play (which will mean he’s suspended from this game for his DUI arrest over the summer).
• The Gators are going to overwhelm the RedHawks in the steamy second half with superior depth. When many of your backups are five-star recruits, it’s a definite advantage.
• John Brantley will throw for 250 yards in the first half. True freshman Tyler Murphy will make some mistakes in the second half, but will impress with his strong arm and athletic ability.
• Ahmad Black and Will Hill will intercept passes.
• Jeremy Brown will start at cornerback ahead of Moses Jenkins, but the two will share playing time. (Both are really feel-good stories).
• The Gators will look a little sloppy (due to nerves) early, but will settle down and rock and roll on both sides of the ball.
• UF’s defensive front will generate a pass rush (without the help of the linebackers).
• Redshirt freshman middle linebacker Jelani Jenkins will be one of the most noticeable players on the field.
• Carl Moore and Andre Debose will make big plays in the passing game.
• Punter Chas Henry is going to get bored.