My intent this week was to alternate optimistic and pessimistic takes on the Georgia-Florida game. Today was going to be one on the plus side.
But then I saw that Mark Bradley, of all people, has already gone there with this.
This isn’t exactly a revelation, given that I made the prediction nearly five months ago, but here, for late tuners-in, it is: I like Georgia over Florida. Believe it or not, I’m not alone.
The many men of Scouts Inc. — Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl – have declared on ESPN Insider (link requires registration) that the Bulldogs will beat the Gators 26-23. Their reasoning, conveniently enough, dovetails with what I’m now thinking. Back in May, I was thinking Georgia would simply be the better team. It hasn’t been to date, which doesn’t mean it can’t be Saturday.
From the Scouts Inc. preview:
Signs can’t always be trusted, especially in rivalry games. So don’t be surprised when Georgia turns in its most emotionally charged effort of the year. For 60 minutes, all the elite individual talent on Georgia’s defense will work together as a unit, and it will be enough to hand the Gators their first loss of the season.
So now I don’t know what to think.
Bradley does make a good point. Season-wise, the least statistically productive unit that will step on the field Saturday is the Gator offense. The catch is that Florida’s play on defense and special teams has been more than good enough to offset that.
But I sure would love to see what would happen if Florida was forced to turn to the pass to win the game.