Ok, I’ll go ahead and admit it. I made a fool of myself by picking the Gators to upset then No. 3 Alabama last Saturday. In retrospect, it was just dummy on my part (although I still think if John Brantley had played the entire game it would have been a much different game, if not result).
I made a mistake. I misjudged the Gators’ talent on both lines of scrimmage. I thought the UF defensive line was stout and would slow down Trent Richardson. I thought the UF offensive line would protect John Brantley and create some openings for Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey. I thought the Gators would find a way.
I was wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong again.
But guess what? I’m predicting another Gator victory this week.
A moral victory.
I know, I know. At a program like Florida, there is no such thing. In this case there is. The Gators go into Baton Rouge against the nation’s No. 1 team with a true freshman quarterback (Jeff Driskel) and all kinds of questions about just how good they are on both lines of scrimmage.
This could really get ugly, especially if Driskel can’t move the offense and the Florida defense is on the field the whole game.
I’m predicting that won’t happen. I think Driskel, with the expert guidance of Charlie Weis, will manage the offense and the Gators will take care of the ball. And I’m predicting the Gators will play much better on defense against an LSU offense that is potent, but has had some struggles of its own.
It would take a perfect game by Florida and a bunch of mistakes by LSU for the Gators to win this game. I don’t see that happening.
But I do see the Gators covering that almost two-touchdown spread.
If they can do that, it’s a victory — a moral victory that will help the Gators move forward with a talented freshman quarterback for the rest of the season.
Prediction: LSU 24, Florida 14.