Michigan vs. Florida Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Michigan vs. Florida fearless prediction, thoughts, and game preview.
Michigan (0-0) vs. Florida (0-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
While Alabama vs. Florida State might be the marquee matchup of the first really big weekend of college football, this one might just turn out to be more interesting.
Both programs are monsters – obviously – and both are supposed to be among the players in the College Football Playoff race every year no matter what. Both have been tantalizingly close to doing really, really big things, but they’ve been hovering around the land of the very, very good.
Just not College Football Playoff good.
For the loser of this game, the bar might be set at hoping for a nice bowl game, because each has one has a whole lot to deal with after this showdown.
Lose in Arlington, and unless something crazy happens, there’s no College Football Playoff run without getting through the rest of the schedule unscathed.
Michigan still has road games at Penn State and Wisconsin to deal with – along with its Ohio State demon to slay at the end of the rainbow.
Florida has a dream of an early part of the slate – with only one true road game until November – but it still has to face Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, and Florida State. Get through the SEC schedule, and there still might be that Alabama issue to deal with again.
But for now, this is when one of the two Time To Prove It, Player programs has to show that it’s ready to do something fun this season.
And it’ll be time for the loser to be ripped to shreds for not being able to win the really, really big one under its current head coach.
It’s the most pressure-packed game of the first big weekend – and it should be fantastic.
One Reason Why Florida Will Win
Michigan might be more talented across the board than it was last season, and it should be able to fill in the gaps in a hurry. However, if you’re trying to crank up a rebuilt offense with a whole slew of new starters, good luck with that against this Florida defense.
The Wolverines will turn out to be fine – in theory.
A few years of great recruiting has restocked the shelves, but still, all of the top receivers are gone, the line is still going to have to mesh right away, and the quarterback play has to be sharper and stronger whether it’s Wilton Speight or John O’Korn getting a shot.
Florida defensive coordinator Randy Shannon has to replace a whole slew of talent in the secondary, but overall, the athletes are there across the board, the front seven will be tough again, and when it comes to rebuilding/reloading, the Gator D should be ahead of the Wolverine O.
One Reason Why Michigan Will Win
Does Florida have any players left?
Along with losing star WR Antonio Callaway to suspension, RB Jordan Scarlett was suspended, too, to bring the total up to ten Gators who won’t be hitting the field.
And if that wasn’t enough to make things crazy – after finishing 116th in the nation last season in total offense, Florida needs to show up with some semblance of an O – the Gators chose redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks to get the starting quarterback nod over Malik Zaire or Luke Del Rio – the options with experience.
Of course, all the media focus has been on the suspensions, but it’s more than that. Even when Callaway was great last season, the passing game was a problem and, even with Scarlett, the ground game hasn’t been good enough.
The line is okay, the backs are okay, and even with the upside of Franks, the offense as a whole should just be … okay.
As long as the Gator passing game doesn’t find a groove early on, the Wolverine defense should be just fine. The tackles are incredible – Maurice Hurst and Rashan Gary will be outstanding – and the linebackers will be better and more productive than many believe.
Find a way to score early, make Florida have to push. The Gators shouldn’t have the firepower to mount much of a comeback, if any.
What’s Going To Happen
Be stunned if this is more than a war of attrition between two offenses that’ll struggle to go anywhere.
The defenses will be great, the special teams will be solid, and each offense will make at least one big turnover that seems like will change the course of the game.
But the Wolverine O will be just a wee bit better than the Gator attack – the balance will be better – and it’ll be more opportunistic.
This won’t be anything pretty, but for Michigan, it’ll be effective. Survive and advance – Harbaugh’s team will do just that.
Michigan vs. Florida Prediction
Final Score: Michigan 23, Florida 16
Line: Michigan -5.5, o/u: 43
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