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Florida vs. Georgia, Game Thread: The long wait is over

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Finally, Florida is back — with one of its greatest opportunities in recent memory.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Georgia v Florida Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Remember two weeks ago?

So this has been a weird week for me.

Despite my body arguably being recovered from whatever weirdness befell me at Auburn, I’ve basically been tired all week — and that’s true even though I’ve been sleeping something like 10 to 12 hours per day.

So it’s safe to say that, no, my focus has not been on Florida’s game against South Carolina this week.

Mea culpa on the lack of preview and the missing posts for much of the week. Mea culpa for not saying this before now, either. (And most of all, mea culpa for not actually recruiting those extra writers we need.)

But, if I’m being honest? I could really use Florida winning going away in a fashion that leaves me with mostly obvious things to write about this game. That, and a nap.

That hasn’t gone away, not really. And I’m only just now getting my ass in gear when it comes to getting it checked out medically.

But I can tell you that — after another two-hour nap just this afternoon — that it personally and physically feels a lot like the wait for Florida-Georgia (3:30 p.m., CBS or CBS Sports) has, believe it or not.

Long periods of being on tenterhooks? Anxiety about things seemingly out of one’s control? Worries that something won’t go well at the end despite ample reason for a good outcome?

Check, check, and check.

I think Florida is in the best position to win a national championship (and, before it, an SEC championship) that it has been in since rolling into Jacksonville in 2012. I trust Kyle Trask and Dan Mullen; I trust Todd Grantham and Jonathan Greenard. I think Florida’s confidence — as it exists in the locker room and as it exists in the program’s marketing over the last two weeks — is the right sort for a win.

And I don’t really trust that this Georgia team is actually good. Not when it has struggled more than it has soared in the last three weeks, not when James Coley is the man who would theoretically be fixing the offense, not when the elite talents — the Nick Chubb-style talents — appear to be either a year from being great players or a year removed from being at Georgia.

I think Florida wins this game. I think I’ll start having an actual sleep schedule.

Could be wrong on both points, though.

In the interest of keeping on predicting things and in hopes that I might, one day, be able to review them, here are my 25 predictions for this game.

  1. Florida will score in the first quarter.
  2. Kyle Trask will throw for more than 200 yards.
  3. Trask will complete a pass of more than 45 yards.
  4. Trask will account for at least two touchdowns.
  5. Emory Jones will throw at least three passes.
  6. Trevon Grimes will lead Florida in either catches or receiving yards, but not both.
  7. Kyle Pitts will have at least three catches.
  8. Florida will rush for fewer than five yards per carry.
  9. A Florida player will have a run of at least 25 yards.
  10. Florida running backs will combine for more than 100 rushing yards.
  11. Florida will record at least three tackles for loss.
  12. Florida will record at least three sacks.
  13. Florida’s secondary will be involved in at least one tackle for loss and one sack.
  14. David Reese will lead Florida in tackles.
  15. CJ Henderson and Marco Wilson will make big plays.
  16. Florida’s safeties will total between eight and 14 tackles.
  17. Florida will force at least two turnovers.
  18. Florida will allow points in both halves.
  19. Florida will not allow more than 400 yards.
  20. Florida will not allow more than 21 points.
  21. Florida’s defense will allow between 3.0 and 5.5 yards per play.
  22. Both teams will score in double digits.
  23. Florida will lead after halftime.
  24. Florida will cover.
  25. Florida will defeat Georgia, 27-20, and run its record to 8-1.

Please behave yourselves in the comments.

And as always: Go Gators!