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Florida vs. Mississippi: Reviewing our 25 predictions

It feels way better to be wrong about good things than right about bad ones.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Get ready to be disappointed ... that my predictions were actually okay!

  1. Mississippi will score first.
    Wrong. Florida scored first and second and third and fourth.
  2. Only one team will score in the first quarter.
    Right. Florida led 13-0 after the first quarter.
  3. Neither team will lead by more than 17 in the first half.
    Wrong. Florida led by 25. 25! That's a lot!
  4. One team will lead by double digits at some point in the game.
    Right. Just Florida.
  5. Will Grier will not throw every pass for Florida.
    Wrong. Florida did play Treon Harris, but only on a two-point conversion on which he did not throw. (I think I would've counted that as a throw had he made one, for what it's worth.)
  6. Grier will throw for more than 200 yards.
    Right. 271 yards, making him the first Gator since Tim Tebow to throw for 270 yards in consecutive games.
  7. Mississippi's Chad Kelly will throw for more yardage than Grier.
    Wrong. But not by very much. Kelly finished with 259 yards through the air.
  8. Grier will throw an interception.
    Wrong. And not even close, really.
  9. Florida will average under five yards per play on offense.
    Wrong. 5.6 YPP after a much higher figure in the first half.
  10. (Eh. Screw it.) Demarcus Robinson will make a touchdown catch.
    Right. Hahahahahahahahahahaha.
  11. A Florida player will have a carry for more than 33 yards.
    Wrong. Longest carry on the night? A 16-yarder for Kelvin Taylor on a draw ... which came on third and 24.
  12. Florida will have more than six plays of 15 or more yards on offense.
    Wrong. Would you believe it was exactly six? Because it was.
  13. Robert Nkemdiche will have at least one sack.
    Wrong. The Mississippi superstar had one tackle and recorded no other stats.
  14. Florida will record no more than three sacks.
    Wrong. The Gators gnawed on Chad Kelly for four.
  15. Jonathan Bullard will have no more than two combined sacks and tackles for loss.
    Right. Unbelievably, this was right: He had 1.5 TFL and half a sack.
  16. A defensive back will lead Florida in tackles.
    Wrong. To be fair, no one predicted Antonio Morrison would have 13 tackles.
  17. Florida will commit multiple turnovers.
    Wrong. Commit? I totally did not mean commit...
  18. Florida will record at least one interception on defense.
    Right. VH3's elusive pick-six may be in this predictions before season's end.
  19. Johnny Townsend will average better than 45 yards per punt.
    Right. Townsend punted five times for 235 yards, and he also buried the Rebels on more than one occasion.
  20. Florida will make a field goal.
    Right. Jorge Powell made two.
  21. Florida will not gain more than 400 yards.
    Right. A tidy 355.
  22. Florida will allow at least two plays of more than 50 yards.
    Wrong. Mississippi had no plays of more than 23 yards. WOW.
  23. Florida will trail in the second half.
    Wrong. Yeah, no.
  24. Neither team will score more than 35 points.
    Wrong. I mean, I was close!
  25. Mississippi will win, 34-21.
    Wrong. And happy to be wrong.

This Week:

9-for-25, 36 percent.

Season to Date:

73-for-125, 58.4 percent.