Jason Higdon and Hollywood Bob Redman will join in the game week every week by bringing three bold predictions for the game. It actually is a little harder in a game like the one the Gators play Saturday when all predictions would seem to favor one team or another. The Gators will win handily this weekend, but how will they do it? Find out right here.
Gators start a new era of football Saturday and Jason and Bob get it started right.
Three Bold Predictions From the Desk of Jason Higdon
Over/Under on Total Points 46.5…
Weis will have fun utilizing the skills of Trey Burton.
The Gators are set to begin the Will Muschamp
era this Saturday and they will be out to prove a point coming off a very disappointing season in 2010. The brought in the very best offensive coordinator in Charlie Weis
and his play calling will be on display Saturday night in the Swamp for the first time for Gator fans. The opponent means little on Saturday as Weis will look to exploit the defense regardless of the caliber team he is facing. Florida Atlantic
allowed only one team to break the 50 point mark last season as they lost to Texas
51-17. The Gators will surpass the 50-point mark on Saturday and should make it look easy. Weis has never had the luxury of this kind of speed across the board and will be like a kid in a candy store Saturday wanting to try as many different flavors as possible. The number one flavor will be Vanilla but they will score early and often. Florida Atlantic is not a very good team and people are expecting you to beat down not very good teams. Do what you are supposed to do at home under the lights in the Swamp vs. an inferior team to kick off the 2011 season.
Will the Gators see a 100+ rusher on Saturday?
Not only will they see one they will see two players have over a 100 yards rushing on Saturday with both Demps and Rainey reaching 100+. Rainey has had his best camp ever and feels confident and comfortable running in this pro-style set and it will show on Saturday. I could see Rainey ending his day with 13 carries for 122 yards and one touchdown.
With Demps you have the games fastest player and you will see him take one to the house from 50+ plus. Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey have true track speed and Florida Atlantic will have no answer for the dynamic duo in the Swamp on Saturday. Demps will end his day with a modest 11 carries and 115 yards.
It has been a long time coming for Florida to have a 1,000 running back in a season and this should be the one and maybe with more than one.
Over/Under on Sacks by Florida 5…
New defensive coordinator Dan Quinn
will want to come out and prove a point on Saturday. What will the point be? The Gators will have three new defensive line starters with Dominique Easley
, Ronald Powell and Sharrif Floyd
. Those three will join Jaye Howard who seems to be back to his old self. The foursome should be one of most athletic lines the Gators D has seen in sometime. Big, fast, athletic these guys will push the pocket around all day especially with Florida Atlantic trying to play catch up all night long. Florida won't bring much additional pressure on Saturday night so these four will do it the traditional way, whip the guy in front of you. I see the Gators defense ending the night with seven sacks and countless quarterback pressures this weekend.
Three Bold Predictions from The Desk of Hollywood Bob
Seven sacks? I don't think so.
FAU's Alfred Morris is a big reason for few sacks on Saturday.
We aren't going to be contrary every time and we also aren't going to have as many match ups this season that look to be so one-sided as the one between Florida and Florida Atlantic. Usually we can make a bold prediction or two that isn't a positive for the team and that will very likely happen in closer matchups. However, this time I will take exception to something Mr. Higdon wrote and say I truly don't believe there is much chance of it happening.
Instead of saying the Gators will surpass the ‘over' of five in sacks, I am going to say the number will be a lot lower. I am actually going to go with two, and that may be a stretch. Now really, I am not knocking on what I believe will be a better pass rush from Florida, instead, I believe the Owls will rely heavily on their running game and senior RB Alfred Morris who needs just 727 yards to be the school's all-time leading rusher. Also of note is the starting quarterback, all six foot six inches of him, has completed one pass in his entire college career. The Owls are going to run the ball and try and run the clock and get out alive. I say the Gators get lucky and get two sacks on the day.
Can John Brantley Throw for 300 yards?
No one in America is more due for a big day than John Brantley.
Yes, I am going to go there. Before last season we expected it t happen 10 times in 12 games, and it actually never happened. Brantley had a high of 248 yards and two touchdowns in 2010 in the Kentucky
game. FAU has a big defensive line and runs a 3-4, which is a run stopping defensive alignment. They also have three new starters in the secondary, but a free safety that led their team in tackles a year ago and will finish as the school's all-time leading tackler. Florida has a new offense to learn, but they have a mastermind coordinator and a quarterback that should have a mountain sized chip on his shoulder. Brantley in my opinion and with the use of some mismatches in trey Burton, and Jordan Reed
as receivers will top the 300 yard mark before exiting midway through the third quarter. There, that felt good.
Can Gators hold FAU under 100 yards receiving?
They were a pretty 50/50 offense last year averaging 200+ yards rushing and passing per game. They have a decent sized offensive line with one exception in 270 pound left guard Gary Czuprynski. Florida comes in with a chance to start two true freshmen in the secondary and three new starters on the defensive line. At first glance that says advantage Owls.
But, the Owl offensive line also replaces four starters and the receiving corps starts a freshman and a sophomore with only a few starts between them. Add that to the quarterback with only one completion in his career and suddenly the tide of optimism turns away from the Owls. Again, I think FAU tries to run clock and run the ball and the Gators may hold them well under 100 yards passing in the game.