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Florida vs. Tennessee: Reviewing our 25 predictions

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At least I'm consistent.

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It's gonna be close.

  1. Florida will score first.
    Right. Florida's first touchdown came on a Kelvin Taylor run.
  2. Both teams will score in the first half.
    Right. Tennessee answered with its throwback home run to Josh Dobbs.
  3. Neither team will lead by more than 14 in the first half.
    Right. Tennessee led 17-7 at halftime.
  4. One team will lead by double digits at some point in the game.
    Right. Just Tennessee did. (This would have been wrong if both teams had.)
  5. Will Grier will throw every pass for Florida.
    Wrong. The bet was that Florida would not run a trick play. Florida ran one.
  6. Grier will throw for more than 175 yards.
    Right. Thank goodness for the fourth quarter.
  7. Grier will post a better passer rating than Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs.
    Right. Dobbs posted a 99.83. Grier topped him with a 122.31. Clash of the titans!
  8. Grier will throw for no more than three touchdowns.
    Right. Just two. They were both okay, I guess.
  9. Florida will average under six yards per play on offense.
    Right. 5.5 YPP this go-round.
  10. Demarcus Robinson will make a touchdown catch.
    Wrong. Whatever.
  11. A Florida player will have a carry for more than 25 yards.
    Right. Kelvin Taylor's 47-yard rush is the longest by a Gator this year.
  12. Florida will have fewer than four plays of 30 or more yards on offense.
    Right. The only two were Taylor's run and Antonio Callaway's catch-and-run.
  13. Florida will record no more than three sacks.
    Right. Exactly three.
  14. Alex McCalister will have at least one sack.
    Right. Exactly one.
  15. Caleb Brantley will have at least two tackles for loss.
    Wrong. He only had one.
  16. Either Jarrad Davis or Antonio Morrison will lead Florida in tackles.
    Wrong. Keanu Neal had 14, or as many as both LBs combined.
  17. Florida will commit multiple turnovers.
    Wrong. Just the one interception.
  18. Florida will record at least one interception.
    Wrong. Florida forced a fumble instead.
  19. Florida will have a punt of more than 50 yards.
    Right. Johnny Townsend's first one traveled 61 yards. He averaged 49.6 yards per punt, and was really, really good on the day.
  20. A big play will happen on special teams.
    Wrong. I could cheat and claim that the last field goal miss was "a big play," but nah.
  21. Tennessee will not gain more than 400 yards.
    Wrong. 419, in fact. I was really close.
  22. Florida will allow at least one play of more than 50 yards.
    Right. Dobbs had a 62-yard run in addition to his 58-yard TD catch.
  23. Florida will trail in the second half.
    Right. I originally wrote this as "second half quarter," and did not catch that until last night while writing this post. I got it right; I'm also an idiot.
  24. Neither team will score more than 30 points.
    Right. Woo boy, was that close.
  25. Florida will win, 24-22.
    Wrong. Almost got the margin, close to the range, still wrong on the score.

Last Week:

16-for-25, 64 percent.

Season to Date:

64-for-100, 64 percent.

If that seems eerie, it should: I was at 64 percent through two games after a great first week and a meh second week, and have hit on 16 predictions in each of the last two games. No, I am not intentionally aiming for that.