Not all games are created equal. The so-called "cupcake" games, like the one Florida will play against Florida Atlantic this afternoon, are often not the most appealing match-ups and can cause some level of disinterest in Gator fans. Especially when these types of games are played towards the season's end, and not in a season opener, and also when they are played at noon. Because as Andy noted last week, noon games man. The Gators will host the Owls at noon today on SEC Network or Watch ESPN.
For Florida, this game marks a return home after sweeping the SEC East. For the University of Florida this game marks an opportunity to honor those who have served, and continue to serve, our country. The Gators will be shorthanded on the defensive line with Alex McCalister, Joey Ivie, and Jordan Sherit being held out. It shouldn't matter, though.
Against a 2-8 FAU squad the Gators will hopefully have an opportunity to rest some of their key contributors, eventually, ahead of season defining match-ups against Florida State at home next week and (likely) Alabama in the SEC Championship Game the following week. This game should be an opportunity for Gator fans to relax and enjoy all that was accomplished this season. It will be the last chance for this Florida team to get a breather of sorts against an opponent they should handily defeat.
So while the interest level in this one might be low in general, I plan on making it a point to soak it in. This remarkable season has moved by way too fast. This is the penultimate regular season game of the season for the 2015 Gators. Cherish every opportunity to see your Gators play, regardless of the opponent. It'll be the offseason before you know it.
I'm going to try my hand at five predictions. So you all can blame me if they backfire:
- Florida will never trail.
- Florida will collect at least two turnovers.
- Antonio Callaway will return a punt for a touchdown.
- CeCe Jefferson will record a sack.
- Florida will win by at least three scores.