I don’t think either of Saturday’s big in-state games will follow the pregame script.
FSU is a 22-point favorite against Miami. Even though both teams are unbeaten and ranked among the top 7 nationally, the Seminoles have been dominating thanks to the play of quarterback Jameis “As in Famous” Winston, while the Hurricanes have needed 4th quarter rallies to win several games.
How much of a rout is expected? I heard one former coach say on a radio talk show that “22 points is about right – for each half.”
I disagree. This is that rare rivalry where the intensity is even greater for the players than the fans. The Canes keep it close late into the 4th quarter before FSU prevails 35-27.
Georgia is a 2½-point against Florida. Both teams are on two-game losing streaks and struggling on one side of the ball. The Bulldogs can’t stop anyone and the Gators can’t score.
Florida’s offense will make Georgia’s defense look strong. Meanwhile, we’re at the point of the season where Gator defenders may be thinking more about individual highlights than playing team defense. That’s the receipt for giving up big plays, and that’s doubly bad for the Gators because the Bulldogs don’t need much help making big plays behind quarterback Aaron Murray.
Georgia makes it three straight against Florida, winning 24-10.
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