I missed another pick last week with the Florida loss. But I did get two big predictions right that I made in the office. I called the South Carolina win over Alabama (a prediction my co-workers laughed at when I made it). And, I won a Diet Coke from our basketball beat writer and Miami alumnus, Kevin Brockway, by taking Florida State over Miami (I predicted a comfortable FSU victory, by the way).
So, hey, maybe I’m back, maybe I’m feeling it again.
Let’s give it a shot:
Every week, I keep thinking the Florida offense is going to put things together and have a breakout game where they go up and down the field and score a bunch of points, but it just hasn’t happened. Here’s why I think this might be the week: MSU’s defense isn’t all that great (although they can cause problems with all those blitzes), and I have a feeling the Florida coaches are going to make a concerted effort to put the ball in the hands of the guys they now know can make big plays — Jeff Demps and Andre Debose, in particular. So, if Demps plays and is 100 percent, and the coaches give Debose an expanded role, the Gators are going to get on a little bit of a roll Saturday night.
My biggest concern is the Florida defense, which seems to have regressed in the last two games. Hey, any defense that can make LSU’s offense (and those quarterbacks) look good has to have problems. It was amazing how efficient the Tigers were a week ago. This was an offense that was falling all over itself coming into the game. But the Gators could not get LSU off the field. The defense was off balance for most of the game. My prediction here is the Gators are going to have similar problems with a Mississippi State offense that looks like it is really starting to come into its own. The Bulldogs rushed for more than 400 yards against Houston last Saturday and piled up close to 600 total yards.
So, it’s going to be another tough, tense night in The Swamp.
But this is the night I think the Florida’s offense finally gets cranking.
Prediction: Florida 38, Mississippi State 28.