We’re only at the midway point of the season and I’m ready to give up, quit, concede — never predict another game this year.
Not only have I lost my mojo, it’s become painfully obvious that I have become a compulsive bad picker. I keep predicting upsets that basically have no chance of happening — and I can’t stop myself.
Last week I picked Florida to beat Alabama, an upset I’d call in the summer. We all know what happened. What happened was 31-6.
Here have been some of my other upset picks so far: Tennessee over Oregon, Florida State over Oklahoma, Miami over Ohio State. And here’s another I made in the office just the other day: South Carolina over Alabama.
See, I can’t stop.
Do you see a pattern here? I do. I’ve lost it.
In 2008 and 2009, when I had some mojo going, I was pretty much right on with my predictions. I even accurately predicted the correct score of the 2008 UF-Hawaii game (56-10). Now, I can’t even predict the right team, much less the score.
So, do I throw in the towel here at midseason, or do I forge ahead and keep making a fool of myself?
Because this is part of my job, I guess I’ll keep doing my thing — and ducking come Saturday.
OK, here we go — LSU vs. Florida predictions:
* Florida will not score in the first quarter. Neither will LSU.
* The Gators will hold Stevan Ridley to less than 100 yards rushing. No UF tailback will rush for 100 either.
* Chas Henry’s towering and well-placed punts will defuse the time bomb that is LSU return man Patrick Peterson.
(Am I sounding like a fool, yet? Don’t answer that)
* Jordan Reed will get a snap or two at quarterback for the Gators.
* The Gators will not have much success running the ball.
* LSU will have some success throwing the ball.
* Florida’s defense will play just a little better than LSU’s.
* The Gators will win the game. Let’s say, 20-12.