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    Preview to the preview: Florida-Miami...

    Because this game is a full week ahead of everyone else, it obviously would be too late to include in our usual SEC Preview for Week 1. So here it is.

    FLORIDA vs. MIAMI (Orlando, Fla.)
    We picked Florida in the preseason but it's a risky pick, and one that continues to look riskier by the second given Florida's issues at offensive line. Miami isn't a bad team. The Hurricanes were TideFans.com's most likely surprise team to make the College Football Playoffs prior to the 2018 season, but the Hurricanes limped to a 7-6 record, thanks to a passing game that imploded early (112th nationally by the end of the year) and then the rest of the team quit down the stretch. Then, former head coach Mark Richt quit as well. The Hurricanes have the talent to make this game close, even pull the upset. Some would suggest Florida succeeded last year under Dan Mullen off the strength of an offensive line (and thus, a running game) that surprised everyone. Many of the contributors from those units have moved on. There are still plenty of question marks at quarterback, and the defense needs to stop the run with more consistency. Don't be surprised if the margin of this game is closer than expected. For that matter, a Hurricane victory wouldn't shock anyone here.
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    Miami 23
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    Re: Preview to the preview: Florida-Miami...

    Thanks, for posting Jess. I have so been looking forward to actual game predictions. Getting close to the start of the season...

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    Thanks Jess! Predictions for this game have been all over the board but the consensus is a UF victory. I like Manny Diaz and think his strength as a defensive coach bodes well for the Canes in the long term. I think Dan has a year head start on him as the head man and many MANY more years of head coaching experience. I'll take the Gators in a decisive victory 38-14.
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    Last edited by Bazza; August 23rd, 2019 at 10:18 AM.
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    Honestly totally forgot Richt stepped out. That's how upsetting the end of last football season was!!!

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    Re: Preview to the preview: Florida-Miami...

    Quote Originally Posted by JessN View Post
    Because this game is a full week ahead of everyone else, it obviously would be too late to include in our usual SEC Preview for Week 1. So here it is.

    FLORIDA vs. MIAMI (Orlando, Fla.)
    We picked Florida in the preseason but it's a risky pick, and one that continues to look riskier by the second given Florida's issues at offensive line. Miami isn't a bad team. The Hurricanes were TideFans.com's most likely surprise team to make the College Football Playoffs prior to the 2018 season, but the Hurricanes limped to a 7-6 record, thanks to a passing game that imploded early (112th nationally by the end of the year) and then the rest of the team quit down the stretch. Then, former head coach Mark Richt quit as well. The Hurricanes have the talent to make this game close, even pull the upset. Some would suggest Florida succeeded last year under Dan Mullen off the strength of an offensive line (and thus, a running game) that surprised everyone. Many of the contributors from those units have moved on. There are still plenty of question marks at quarterback, and the defense needs to stop the run with more consistency. Don't be surprised if the margin of this game is closer than expected. For that matter, a Hurricane victory wouldn't shock anyone here.
    Florida 27
    Miami 23
    Credit where due....very good call, Jess.....got the differential exactly correct - 4 points.

    Game could have gone either way - Florida got lucky. We need a different QB.....but don't think it will happen given Coach Mullen's MO.
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