No. 12 Florida visits the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium after taking care of business against Toledo in Week 1.
In the 24-6 victory over the Rockets, the Gators allowed just 205 yards of total offense while junior running back Mack Brown rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
The Hurricanes are coming off a 34-6 dismantling of Florida Atlantic, getting a strong performance from sophomore running back Duke Johnson (186 yards, one touchdown). Johnson and quarterback Stephen Morris figure to carry the Miami offense in 2013.
Let's take a look at the matchup between the Florida Gators and the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday.
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Florida -3
Florida Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: OL Chaz Green (Shoulder), LB Matt Rolin (Knee), WR Andre Debose (Knee)
Doubtful: OL Jon Halapio (Pectoral)
Questionable: DL Jordan Sherit (Knee), RB Matt Jones (Virus),
Probable: OL D.J. Humphries (Knee), LB Darrin Kitchens (Oblique), DL Dominique Easley (Flu), DT Dominique Easley (Flu)
Miami Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: OL Hunter Wells (Undisclosed), OL Danny Isidora (Foot), OL Hunter Knighton (Shoulder)
Doubtful: WR Rashawn Scott (Shoulder)
Questionable: No injuries to report
Probable: RB Duke Johnson (Head), DB Deon Bush (Hernia)
Top Storyline: Can Florida Slow Down Hurricanes Offense?
Everybody knows how dangerous Miami's offense is with Duke Johnson and Stephen Morris.
Florida isn't a particularly high-scoring team, so if the Hurricanes can put some points on the board at home, things could get mighty interesting.
Of course, that's easier said than done.
The Gators allowed 14.2 points per game last season (fifth in the nation). And while they lost some key members on the defensive unit, there is still plenty of talent on that side of the ball.
The Hurricanes may have scored 34 points against Florida Atlantic, but that was Florida Atlantic, and this is Florida. Morris will have to be better than he was against the Owls.
Prediction: Florida 27, Miami (FL) 24
Florida has a good enough defense to at least slow down the Hurricanes. There are playmakers on all levels of the defense, which should—at the very least—lead to some forced turnovers against Miami.
On the flip side, even if the Hurricanes' abysmal defensive unit from 2012 has improved, I don't think it has improved enough to stop the Florida rushing attack. Mack Brown has taken the reins in the backfield by storm and should have an impressive season for the Gators.
I expect this contest to be a squeaker, but I'm giving it to the Gators because of their defense.