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Florida vs. Tennessee: Reviewing our 25 predictions

We didn’t get everything wrong!

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I was expecting to write something like “At least some of these were right?” in this intro, but I apparently nailed more things about the offense and specific bits on defense than I thought I had, especially when it came to Austin Appleby.

  1. Neither team will score 30 points. Florida didn’t! Wrong.
  2. At least one team will get to double figures in the first half. Florida did! Right.
  3. Florida will lead by at least seven points at some point in the game. Florida led by 21 points, in fact. It happened. We all saw it. Right.
  4. Austin Appleby will throw for at least 150 yards. 296 yards, in fact. Right.
  5. Appleby will throw an interception. It was a horrific one! Right.
  6. Appleby will not be the only Florida player to throw a pass. Appleby was. Wrong.
  7. Lamical Perine will lead Florida in rushing yards. Perine had two carries for five yards. So, uh, no. Wrong.
  8. Florida will average more than four yards per carry. Florida was near five yards per carry in the first half. Then the second half happened. Wrong.
  9. Antonio Callaway will play. Play he did. Well? Dunno. Right.
  10. Callaway will have at least four catches. Exactly four. Right.
  11. A Florida wide receiver will catch a touchdown pass. Thanks, Freddie Swain! Right.
  12. Florida will make a big play on special teams. I was tempted to count Callaway’s adventures with fair catching, but those wasn’t “mak(ing) a big play” so much as “making a big mistake.” Wrong.
  13. CeCe Jefferson will record at least one tackle for loss. Three tackles, none for loss. Wrong.
  14. Jabari Zuniga will record no more than one sack. Zuniga didn’t even record a tackle. Right.
  15. Alex Anzalone and Jarrad Davis will combine for more than 12 tackles. Anzalone had 12 tackles on his own; Davis added another seven. Right.
  16. Anzalone and Davis will each record at least half a sack. Jordan Sherit and Caleb Brantley had the only Florida sacks on the day. Wrong.
  17. Quincy Wilson will make a big play on defense. A pick in the end zone? Yep. Right.
  18. Florida will recover at least one Tennessee fumble. Not particularly close on that, and so Tennessee’s run of incredible fumble luck rolls on. Wrong.
  19. Joshua Dobbs will not lead Tennessee in passing, rushing, and receiving. Dobbs sure did lead the Vols in passing. Right.
  20. Florida will allow more than 200 yards. A few (hundred) more. Right.
  21. Florida’s defense will allow fewer than 5.0 yards per play. Uh. Wrong.
  22. Florida will force at least two turnovers. Wilson and Teez Tabor each had picks. Right.
  23. Florida will win the turnover battle. Two in, two out. Wrong.
  24. Florida will defeat Tennessee for the 12th straight season. Uh. Wrong.
  25. Florida will win, 24-13. Hey, I was close on the margin! Wrong.

Last week: 13-for-25, 52 percent
Season to date: 50-for-100, 50 percent