Top 3 Early Predictions for the 2013 Florida Gators: One Bold and the Others Certain
One of the best things about the college football preseason is the opportunity to make predictions about your favorite team. Unfortunately these forecasts have a good chance of being inaccurate because lets face it, college football is vastly unpredictable. Each year, however, we find it more difficult to predict the outcome of the season yet we continue to formulate these audacious predictions in hopes that our team will prevail. Being the excessive Gator fan I am (excessive is an understatement), I find it rather tricky to predict their impending season because Florida is good and their potential this year is crazy good. With wins over Texas A&M, LSU, South Carolina, and Florida State, last year’s Gator season was far from a flop even though they did not win an SEC Championship and just missed a trip to the National Championship. Of course, the single-most painful loss from last season was to Georgia in Jacksonville purely because it was Georgia and it cost Florida the opportunity at a SEC Championship appearance. With that being said, here are my top three early predictions for this year’s Florida Gators.
3. 1986 was the last year the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Florida Gators. Yes, your calculations are correct; that is a mere 26 years since the Wildcats beat the Gators. That is 26 straight wins for the Gators over the Wildcats. This also means five different presidents have served since Kentucky beat Florida in football. Sorry Wildcat fans, but this year will be no different.
Projection: Florida acquired (snatched up) Kentucky’s head coach (I know, he was fired and Muschamp hired him). I also know DudeYouCrazy just dissed the Joker because of his unfortunate attempt at Twitter hashtags and a fake phone called the iJoker. Regardless of these gaffes, I still suggest all people in the state of Kentucky hide their wives and kids because Florida is coming. The Gators will make it 27 straight over the Wildcats, Kentucky fans will continue to not attend football games, and Kentucky will soon become the Sunshine State #2 and the second most popular place in the United States to retire to.
2. In my opinion, last year’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Largest Outdoor Sobriety Gala did not live up to its hype relative to previous years. Honestly, I say this because Florida did not win and I am a sore loser when it involves losing to Georgia. So how will Florida fare in this annual battle in Jacksonville?
Projection: Florida will not turn the ball over six times, Georgia will not make it three in a row over Florida, and the Gators will rout the Bulldogs. Yup, I said rout. Oh, and Muschamp will allow The Joker to call the plays once the game gets out of hand. That was for DudeYouCrazy. (Dude’s note: I’m not saying I agree because I could never agree with a Gaotr, but if you’re going to mention Joker Phillips activities, at least reference them in his dialect. You meant to say: #TheJokerWillCallPlaysInJax.)
1. It was previously mentioned that Florida has overwhelming potential with this year’s recruiting class, but what about their returning weapons? Jeff Driskel finished the 2012 season with just under 1700 yards passing and a 63.7 completion percentage, neither of which is exactly mind-blowing. Coming off a solid season as Driskel’s second go-to receiver, Quinton Dunbar ended the year with 36 receptions and 383 yards which ranked second among receivers.
Projection: Florida will regain SEC East power and reclaim the SEC Championship throne. Driskel and Dunbar will develop a magical on-field relationship consisting of multiple 5+ catch games. Dunbar’s touchdown receptions will surpass his team-leading four from last year. Driskel, with the help of Dunbar, Trey Burton, Andre Debose, and Solomon Patton, will eclipse 3000 yards passing by season’s end.
Read them and believe them for the Gators will be sneaky, scary good this year.
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