The Fantastic Four

The Florida Gators spread the wealth last week on offense against Hawaii, so some of the stats didn't really stand out for a team that scored 56 points. But they're probably not going to get 21 points from their defense and special teams this week either.

Here are four guys - three on offense - that I expect to have monster games in front of Saturday night's nationally televised audience.

Tim Tebow managed the game well against Hawaii despite un-Tebow-like numbers - 9-of-14 passing for 137 yards and nine carries for 37 yards. It doesn't show up in the stats and that's definitely true after he had his worst game statistically as a starter. Against the Hurricanes, I would expect that to change. Tebow relishes the big stage, and he's been looking forward to facing the "U" since the last couple of seconds ticked off the clock of the Hawaii game. Tebow may not have the touchdown production he had a year ago, but I would look for the passing yards to exceed 300 and the rushing yards to be more than 50.

Percy Harvin doesn't like missing the action, and I think the junior will try to make up for lost time. Harvin, too, likes the big stage, especially against teams from Florida. In games against schools from the Sunshine State, Harvin has racked up 420 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in three games. I'd look for Harvin to make up for lost time against the Canes.

We'll stay with our "making up for lost time" theme with Brandon Spikes. The junior linebacker also missed last week's game and is hungrier than ever to get back into The Swamp. With Miami's ground attack perhaps the strongest part of their team, Spikes will have the main responsibility of shutting it down. He's had the bitter taste of a poor performance against Michigan in his mouth for the last eight months, and he's ready to get rid of it.

Emmanuel Moody was surprisingly quiet against the Warriors, appearing in a mop-up role in the fourth quarter. It wasn't quite what the USC transfer was looking for in his first appearance in The Swamp, but he was also slowed with a sprained ankle. Moody has been the best looking running back in practice, and this could be the week that he makes his impression on the Gator nation.

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