Following the rousing 2013 debut performance for the Florida State Seminoles on Monday night, the ‘Noles will be off this week before opening at home next Saturday against Nevada. With FSU taking some rest time this week, complete football focus in the state of Florida will be on the battle between the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes.
This will be the last time that these two traditional powers meet on the gridiron for a very long time–if not ever. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series 28-26, a series that began all the way back in 1938. The Gators won the last meeting in 2008 by a score of 26-3 behind the high powered offense of Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow.
Tomorrow afternoon, this final meeting means a lot for both programs.
The Miami Hurricanes are trying to make their way back up to the upper echelon of the college football universe. The ‘Canes opened up their season last Friday night with a convincing win over FAU, powered a lot by the athletic abilities of their Heisman hopeful running back Duke Johnson. A Week 2 win over a top-tier SEC squad would do wonders for the Miami program in regards to being taken seriously by the majority of college football once again.
Florida was able to tame the MACtion last week in their win over Toledo in the Swamp. The game was a breakout performance for Gators RB Mack Brown, who rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the opener. The UF defense held the Rockets to just six points on offense.
But now, the cupcake games are through and it’s time for these two to go head-to-head tomorrow. Although I’m sure the majority of Seminoles fans would rather a recreation of Bane destroying Heinz Field in the latest ‘Dark Knight’ movie, I figured that I would make a pick anyway.
I think the Florida defense should be able to do enough to keep Duke Johnson in check. I’m not saying they’ll stop him–because that’s a tough task for any defense to handle–but they’ll do enough to make Miami have to take some shots down the field with Stephen Morris. Although the ‘Canes had a blowout victory last week, the receiving crew was less than impressive. This could lead to some costly mistakes.
Ultimately, I think the Gators will control the game on the ground against that Miami defense and walk out of Miami with a win.
Editor’s Pick: Florida, 31 Miami, 21