I know you Tide fans have been waiting for me to weigh in on this game. Well, here it is Friday, and I still don't really know what to say.
The reason is, it's been four weeks now and a different Florida team has showed up every week. The good news for UF fans is the team that has shown up is better than the previous week. But it's been so different, that it's hard to believe that rend will continue. If it did, in three weeks Florida would be beating the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This game could be a Florida blowout and I would not be surprised. It could be a 'Bama blowout and I would not be surprised. It could be a nail biter and I would not be surprised. That's how up and down Florida is.
On both sides of the ball and on special teams, Florida has looked spectacular at times, and at other times downright pitiful. Some games, UF is pitiful in all phases (Miami, Oh), and other times great in all phases (Kentucky). In other games, they have been both in the same game (USF, UT).
So which will we get on Saturday? You tell me. I hope we get mostly Kentucky. I hope Trey Burton really is the next Tim Tebow and John Brantley really does look like Chris Leak against Ohio State. But am I confident that will happen? Not yet. Not after one game. Show it to me again this week and I will be.
On the 'Bama side, you know what's coming. You are going to get a heavy dose of an awesome running attack with some bombs to Julio Jones sprinkled in. Question is, can you stop it? Knowing what's coming and doing something about it are two different things. The gators have some studs on defense, but again a lot of youth.
'Bama is also suspect in the secondary. Can Brantley exploit this? It depends on the score. If UF gets out ahead early and 'Bama has to respect the run, then Brantley has a big day. If 'Bama is ahead and they know the pass is coming, look out JB.
One thing I do know, this game will be decided in the first quarter. 'Bama won't be able to come back on Florida like they did Arkansas. UF's defense is better than Arky's and UF can run the ball. Arky can't.
So here goes nothing: Score pick. Florida 30 Alabama 17