Florida Vs. Texas A&M: Reviewing Predictions

Sep 8, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Florida Gators running back Mike Gillislee (23) runs the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

25 predictions for Florida's SEC opener.

  • Jeff Driskel will complete more than 60 percent of his passes.
    Right. Driskel completed 13 of 16 passes, a stellar 81.25 percentage.
  • Driskel will be sacked fewer than four times.
    Wrong. Not even close. Driskel was taken down eight times.
  • Driskel will throw two touchdown passes.
    Wrong. Florida's two touchdowns came on the ground.
  • Jacoby Brissett will not take a snap at quarterback.
    Right. This was kind of a gimme.
  • Few will really mind that Brissett didn't after the game.
    Right. Hedging on a win worked on this prediction.
  • Mike Gillislee will run for between 70 and 110 yards.
    Right. And maybe the one I'm proudest of: I suspected a good day from Gilly, who finished with 83 yards, but not a great one. He delivered almost exactly that.
  • Gillislee will have at least one rushing touchdown.
    Right. Two!
  • Another Gators player will have a rush of at least 10 yards.
    Right. Two did, actually: Driskel and Solomon Patton.
  • Florida will operate mostly with two tight ends.
    Wrong. I haven't watched a replay, and am never predicting something like this for a game I won't watch on TV first again, but I got the feeling that Florida stayed largely in three-wide and I-form sets. This one's subject to review, though. (Thomas Goldkamp at 247 Sports reports in a premium article that the Gators were mostly in single-TE sets.)
  • Frankie Hammond Jr. will be Florida's leading receiver, again.
    Wrong. Hammond had just two catches for 27 yards, though he could have had a touchdown save for a drop.
  • At least three Florida receivers will make at least four catches each.
    Wrong. Only one Gator had more than four catches.
  • Jordan Reed will be one of them.
    Right. I'll give myself credit here for calling Reed getting more than four catches, despite him not being part of a trio with them. Reed finished with five catches for 59 yards.
  • Dante Fowler Jr. will record his first collegiate sack.
    Wrong. Fowler didn't.
  • Fowler will not be the only Florida player to record a sack.
    Right. I mean, he wasn't? Jon Bostic, Michael Taylor, and Lerentee McCray were all credited with sacks.
  • Jonathan Bostic will lead Florida in tackling.
    Wrong. Josh Evans led Florida with eight tackles, despite missing part of the game.
  • Florida's defense will limit Christine Michael to under 120 rushing yards.
    Right. Michael finished with just 33 yards on the ground.
  • Florida's secondary will get at least one turnover.
    Wrong. Nope.
  • Florida will play mostly nickel and dime defense against Kevin Sumlin's offense.
    Right. Again, though, subject to review.
  • Jeremy Brown will make at least one big play.
    Wrong. Never heard his name mentioned, and Brown didn't even make a tackle.
  • Florida will never lead by double digits.
    Right. Florida's largest lead was four points in the first quarter.
  • Florida's defense will allow fewer than five yards per play in the game.
    Right. 4.84 yards per by A&M.
  • Florida's defense will give up fewer than 21 points in the game.
    Right. Just 17.
  • Caleb Sturgis will make a field goal of more than 44 yards.
    Right. He did ... eventually.
  • Florida will win.
    Right. And that felt good to predict and have come true.
  • The final score will be 27-24 in the Gators' favor.
    Wrong. I was close, though.
  • This Week: 14-for-25, 56 percent.

    Season To Date: 25-for-50, 50 percent.

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