1. FLORIDA WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
Miami – played in Orlando. Georgia – played in Jacksonville. Kentucky in Lexington, LSU in Baton Rouge, South Carolina in Columbia, Missouri in the other Columbia.
And Tennessee. And Auburn. And Florida State – who should be better, maybe. And Vanderbilt – who’s almost always pesky, even if the Gators own the series.
This might be a better Florida team than last year’s version, and there’s no one on the slate it can’t beat. But there are a LOT of massive body blows to endure in a brutal run of big games, especially away from Gainesville.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 9
But allow for the possibility that the projected win total could be way low, even at nine.
The skill positions are all in place to blow up the offense, even if the line has to replace almost all of the key parts.
The Florida defense will be the Florida defense – it’s going to finish in the top 25 overall, and the pass D should be a killer.
The kicking game is as good as any in the country, Dan Mullen is the right head coach for the right program at the right time, and everything is just good enough to be even better than the bounce-back ten win campaign of last year.
But that schedule …
Go ahead and realistically hope to play in the SEC Championship and be a part of the College Football Playoff debate, but expect just enough losses to screw that all up.