Florida vs. FSU prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen between the Gators and Seminoles.
The Florida/SEC contingent in the office has been discussing Florida’s outside chances to reach the Playoff. I’ve been able to hold in my LOLs and humor them. It’s going to be fun when we all return to the office on Monday and the discussion shifts to whether Alabama will be favored by 50 or only 48 points in the SEC title game. Dalvin Cook is going to expose the Florida defense and run for 135 yards and three scores. FSU wins easier than some might expect.
If FSU starts slowly, as they’re prone to do, then that plays right into Florida’s hand. The Gators’ defense is stout, and not one to give up a ton of yards. I really don’t know what to think about this. FSU is more talented on offense. Florida is better on defense. Jimbo Fisher has seemingly put to rest any notions that he is leaving the program, so his players should be focused. Florida is banged up, but riding the momentum of a gigantic win over LSU. Give me the Gators, whose win over the aforementioned Tigers looks even better after LSU’s steamrolling win on Thanksgiving.
If the Seminoles can put a lid on the rushing attack of the Gators and make quarterback Austin Appleby throw the ball on third-and-intermediate or third-and-long, Jimbo Fisher’s squad has a very good chance to beat Florida. Jim McElwain’s crew still has issues in the passing game, so it cannot afford to be one-dimensional against an FSU defense that has had its issues but has played better as of late. Even if the UF defense contains Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook, quarterback Deondre Francois has a chance to make some plays with his legs and his arm. I like the ‘Noles in a close one.
Every time you think that Florida’s lack of offense is going to catch up with them, the defense does something amazing like hold LSU at the goal line to clinch the victory. FSU should win this game easily, but the Gators defense will make that a problem. I picked the Seminoles in my preview, and I haven’t changed my mind yet. FSU kills Florida’s ultra slim playoff hopes.