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Reviewing our 25 predictions from Florida’s games vs. Vanderbilt, Missouri

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After Hurricane Matthew kinda scrubbed my plans to review the 25 predictions for Florida’s trip to Vanderbilt, I’m combining the review of those with my review of the ones for Florida’s Homecoming game against Missouri.

First, Vandy.

  1. Florida will score at least 27 points. Not even close. Wrong.
  2. At least one team will get to double figures in the first half. Ha. Uh. Yeah. Wrong.
  3. Florida will lead by at least 14 points at some point in the game. Florida didn’t score 14 points. It is rather difficult, maybe even totally impossible, to lead by 14 points without doing so. Wrong.
  4. Austin Appleby will throw for at least 200 yards. Appleby threw for 144 yards. Wrong.
  5. Appleby will not throw an interception. He did avoid that. Right.
  6. Appleby will not be the only Florida player to throw a pass. Appleby stayed in for the whole game. (This was a guess that there would be a garbage-time sighting of Feleipe Franks or Kyle Trask.) Wrong.
  7. Jordan Scarlett will lead Florida in rushing yards. Scarlett had 63 yards on 12 carries. Right.
  8. A Florida running back will average more than five yards per carry. Jordan Cronkrite had 13 yards on two carries. Right.
  9. Antonio Callaway will lead Florida in receiving yards. Callaway had 36, third to C’yontai Lewis’s 39 yards and DeAndre Goolsby’s 37. Wrong.
  10. Callaway will not lead Florida in receptions. Goolsby had eight. Eight! Right.
  11. Two Florida wide receivers will catch touchdown passes. No one did. Wrong.
  12. Callaway will make a big play on special teams. Nah. Wrong.
  13. CeCe Jefferson will record at least one sack. Jefferson had four tackles, none for loss. Wrong.
  14. Florida will record at least three sacks. Two. Wrong.
  15. Alex Anzalone and Jarrad Davis will combine for more than 10 tackles. Davis had 15 by his damn self — nine of them solo — and Anzalone added six. Right.
  16. A Florida freshman linebacker will have at least three tackles. Kylan Johnson, a redshirt freshman, had three tackles. Right.
  17. Marcus Maye will make a big play on defense. I’d be cheating if I said there was one somewhere in his seven tackles and one pass break-up: All of his tackles came on gains, five of them on gains of six or more yards, and he broke up a pass on second and 18. Wrong.
  18. Florida will recover at least one fumble. Antonneous Clayton, come on down! Right.
  19. Florida will record at least one interception. Two of them, in fact. Right.
  20. Florida will allow between 150 and 300 yards. Vandy had 265 yards. Right.
  21. Florida’s defense will allow fewer than 4.5 yards per play. Only 3.8. Right.
  22. Florida will force at least two turnovers. Technically, just two, despite the fumble recovery, because the fumbled recovered by Clayton on Vandy’s failed punt doesn’t go down as a turnover. Right.
  23. Florida will win the turnover battle. Florida had two takeaways, Vandy just one. Right.
  24. Florida will win by at least 12 points. You can win by 12 points while scoring 13, but. Wrong.
  25. Florida will win, 34-10. Ha. No. Wrong.

Florida vs. Vanderbilt predictions: 12-for-25, 48 percent
Season to date through Vanderbilt: 62-for-125, 49.6 percent

Now, Mizzou.

  1. Florida will score at least 24 points. Florida’s defense and special teams accounted for 21 of them by themselves. Right.
  2. At least one team will fail to reach double figures in the first half. It was Mizzou. Right.
  3. Florida will lead by double digits points at some point in the game. From Tabor’s pick-six onward, in fact. Right.
  4. Luke Del Rio will complete 60 percent of his passes. Del Rio completed less than half of his passes. Wrong.
  5. Del Rio will commit at least one turnover. Three! Right.
  6. Jordan Scarlett will lead Florida in carries. Scarlett had 12. Lamical Perine had 11. Whew. Right.
  7. Scarlett will also lead Florida in rushing yards. Scarlett had 101. Perine had 106. Phooey. Wrong.
  8. At least one Florida running back will average more than five yards per carry. Scarlett, Perine, Mark Thompson, and Brandon Powell (?) all averaged at least 6.5 yards per carry, actually. Right.
  9. Antonio Callaway will lead Florida in yards per catch. Perine had one catch for 31 yards, so he edges Tyrie Cleveland, who had three for 79. Callaway had three catches for 28 yards. Wrong.
  10. Callaway will not lead Florida in receptions. Powell had four catches for 38 yards, and I swear I only remember one of them. Right.
  11. Florida will record touchdown passes to players from multiple positions. Del Rio threw just one, to Cleveland. Wrong.
  12. Callaway will make a big play on special teams. A return touchdown counts! Right.
  13. Jabari Zuniga will record at least one sack. No sacks on the day for Florida. Wrong.
  14. Florida will record at least two sacks. Ibid. Wrong.
  15. Alex Anzalone and Jarrad Davis will combine for more than 10 tackles. Davis had eight when he left the game; Anzalone finished with eight. Between them, though? Just one solo tackle. Right.
  16. Florida’s linebackers will combine for more than 20 tackles. 16 from the above two, six — none solo! — from David Reese, and a handful from other players. Right.
  17. Teez Tabor will make a big play on defense. I guess so. Right.
  18. Florida will force at least one fumble. It wasn’t really forced by Florida so much as it was reinforced by Florida, but it still counts. Right.
  19. Florida will record at least one interception. I suppose so! Right.
  20. Florida will allow more than 200 yards. Missouri actually had 363, second-most by a Florida foe this year, but more than half of that was on three fourth-quarter drives.
  21. Florida’s defense will allow fewer than 5.0 yards per play. The Tigers managed 5.3 yards per play, but only topped 5.0 yards per play as a rolling average in the game on their final drive. Back-door prediction denial! Wrong.
  22. Florida will force at least two turnovers. YUP! Right.
  23. Florida will win the turnover battle. Del Rio’s three picks and Scarlett’s fumble gave Missouri four turnovers, and the Tigers scored their 14 points “off” of them, despite having to drive the length of the field after Scarlett’s fumble. Florida only got three, but capitalized to score 21 points on them. Wrong.
  24. Florida will win by at least 15 points. Yes. Right.
  25. Florida will win, 31-13. Pretty darned close. Wrong.

Florida vs. Missouri predictions: 15-for-25, 60 percent
Season to date through Vanderbilt: 77-for-150, 51.3 percent