Florida vs. Texas A&M Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Florida vs. Texas A&M fearless prediction and game preview.
Florida (3-2) vs. Texas A&M (4-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
Venue: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
It might seem like Florida just lost a close battle against LSU in a dogfight of an SEC game. That’s fine, but looking ahead, that loss might turn out to be a big, big problem.
Beat Texas A&M, and the Gators are 4-1 in the SEC with a showdown against Georgia to follow. Win that, and the Gators might be set for a third straight SEC East title.
Lose to the Aggies, and lose to Georgia, and then it’s uh-oh time.
Florida still has to go to Georgia and South Carolina, and after facing UAB, it gets Florida State. That means the Gators could go from SEC contenders, to 3-4 in need of three more wins just go to bowling.
Texas A&M is playing just well enough to start that snowball rolling.
The Aggies lost to Alabama last week, but they played well enough to provide a fight in a 27-19 loss. That, along with the historic loss to UCLA, have been the only blips. And now it’s time to show that it’s good enough to make some noise down the stretch.
A&M gets Auburn at home and closes out against LSU on the road, but if it wins this week, with three straight home dates to follow, the schedule isn’t all that bad. All of a sudden, the supposedly flaky Aggies might just be one of the SEC’s best teams.
If it is, it needs to take down a mediocre Florida team – and its interesting roadkill-looking special uniforms.
Or, the Gators could once again prove to be the SEC’s most resilient team – at least over the last few years. They usually find a way to get the job done.
They had better do it this week.
One Reason Why Texas A&M Will Win
Florida has been getting it done with smoke and mirrors, but the O is a bit of a mess.
There aren’t enough offensive playmakers, the suspensions and injuries have been a huge issue – especially for the passing game – and the line isn’t having a whole lot of luck.
How did LSU beat the Gators? The defensive front rolled in the backfield with five sacks, doing a great job of stalling drive after drive. The Aggies have an even better pass rush than LSU, able to come up with nine tackles for loss and three sacks against Bama last week.
The Aggies might be known for their offense, but the D is getting a few huge performances. Tyrel Dodson made 16 tackles with a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss against the Tide, but he wasn’t alone.
Florida’s offense just won’t have enough time to work.
One Reason Why Florida Will Win
The Aggie O line hasn’t been having a whole lot of luck keeping defenses out of the backfield, either.
Alabama – for all the great things the defense is doing – isn’t getting to the quarterback like it has over the last few years. However, last week it was able to generate four sacks and seven tackles for loss, going full bore into the backfield against Kellen Mond.
The freshman quarterback might have come up with a good game, but defenses still aren’t trusting him and the A&M downfield passing game.
The Gator pass rush hasn’t been steady, but it’s been there. No, it hasn’t been able to keep up the pace after a great start against Michigan, but it was able to stuff LSU enough to keep the game close – and it should be able to do it again.
Mond is starting to play like a veteran, but he’ll have to deal with yet another defense that’ll bring the house.
What’s Going To Happen
Texas A&M is better than you think.
The defense has been fine – at least when Josh Rosen isn’t going off – and Mond is showing signs of growing into something special.
Florida is getting too battered, it’s missing too many players, and Feleipe Franks doesn’t have enough help around him to pull this off.
But at least the Gators have funky uniforms.
Florida vs. Texas A&M Prediction
Texas A&M 27, Florida 23
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