With the advent of another exciting season looming, expect this year's action to live up to the hype. Florida Gator football is here, and we are all better men, women, dads, moms, dogs, and cats because of it.
Now that the media has anointed the Gators No. 1 in the East at today's SEC Media Day, let's take a look at the game by game breakdown of the season and bring the heat with some predictions for the orange and blue.
The Red Hawks.
Why is this game even on the schedule? Every year, Gator fans draw the wrath of other SEC fans and Gator Haters alike by scheduling this kind of a game. Red Hawks will turn into red blood by the second quarter.
If your interested in seeing the future Gator QBs get some work in, watch this game because you'll see that after halftime. Urban Meyer will not risk Brantley getting hurt in a nonsense game like this after the Gators build up the lead.
Gators will run, pass, catch, and score at will:
Red Hawks 10
I admire Skip Holtz. I like the guy, just not this day.
South Florida is the school who gets the talented kids that just were not quite talented enough to go to UF, FSU, or Miami. That being said, they have a decent squad, and if they have any chance at all, they need to get up early and make the Gators play catch up.
The early noon start is historically a downer for fans, and the Swamp sometimes seems a little different than those SEC night games.
Assuming Brantley and the receivers do their jobs, and the backs carry like they should, Florida wins a not so close one.
This dog is the very reason why UT can't beat the Gators. Does he look like he can inspire anything or anyone? Hell, he's three seconds from a nap. He doesn't care that there are 100,000 fans in Neyland. He's ready to mail it in.
UT will not have its swagger once again this year.
But, if there was any team that should have the stones to step up and pull a huge upset, it should be the Vols.
After the Lane incident and last year's close but no cigar, Vol fans should make this game their season.
Unfortunately, it won't work again as Jeffrey Demps runs for 150 yards and slams into Rocky at the back of the end zone causing animal services to chase Demps all the way to the team bus.
The Gators should remember this game due to the fact that it almost rendered Tebow headless last year.
New coach, not enough talent once again, and in Gainesville to boot. Doesn't bode well for the Wildcats.
Randall Cobb is a talent, but he won't be able to do it on his own.
Wildcats fans start drinking smuggled-in moonshine by the third quarter.
If I'm being honest, this game should scare the heck out of me, but it doesn't. Here's why:
The Gators are not going to be favored to win this game. If they lose, it's what everyone expects.
If they win, it's an upset.
It's going to be hard to contain Bama's running game and McElroy is going to be better also. Bama is loaded, and expect a heavy dose of Ingram.
If the Gators keep it close, then in the SEC anything can happen as long as Les Miles is not managing your clock in the last minute.
Gators keep in close, but in the end, this early in the season, I can't see it.
Jordan Jefferson hasn't really stepped up like Tiger fans hoped he would. The tigers have fallen off a little to Alabama and Les Miles needs a solid year. The Tigers are 17-9 in the past 2 seasons.
Florida wins this game in the Swamp because Tigers come out flat after halftime due to eating too much spicy Cajun dishes.
Dan Mullen is not shy about throwing MSU's name and the SEC championship game together. I admire Dan for trying to build something at MSU.
MSU has some good talent, but it's still a little early to call out Alabama and say that they expect to compete for the SEC West title.
A great goal to be sure, but I can't see MSU upending Bama, and I don't see them beating Florida either in the Swamp. Last years game was only close due to some awful turnovers late in the game by the Gators.
But give the Bulldogs credit, they have gotten better.
Georgia is picked to finish second to Florida in the East. Isn't this the same scenario just about every year?
Make no mistake, this is a home game for Florida.
Late in the game, Deonte Thompson will sucker punch UGA after being bitten on the leg, prompting all sorts of shenanigans.
These guys are way too smart to quit, but is this really necessary?
Familiar scenario: Gators will play like crap, let Vandy hang around with some awful fumbles, interceptions, and penalties, then put the game out of reach for good.
The Ol' Ball coach will forever have my admiration.
But South Carolina is just one of those teams that are forever middle of the road SEC.
Picked third in the SEC East at Media Day, one point behind UGA, Spurrier thinks he can contend.
And he will. With the Ole Miss', Vandy, Tennessee, etc.
Stephen Garcia does have talent, but how far he takes them is anyone's guess.
Steve breaks out new driver and launches golf balls into stands at taunting Gator fans at halftime.
I'm no longer scared of this game.
Is this the year that Christian Ponder puts it all together?
Although this is not a conference game for the Gators, a second loss basically puts them out of the National Championship discussion.
The game is in Tallahassee, and you better believe that Jimbo will have these guys ready.
They are talented but young. However, they did average over 30 points per game last year.
The defense only returns six starters from last year.
On a side note, Urban Meyer jumps on Horse at mid field and parades around Doak doing the Gator chomp.