UM vs UF: The Final Round
The University of Miami and the University of Florida have had some amazing battles throughout the years and it has been one of College Footballs most popular rivalries. It is sad to say that this could possibly be the last time that these two teams ever face each other. Thankfully the fans for both teams are going to be treated to a great game as both teams are among the best in the nation.
The Gators have always been known as a powerhouse defense; this year is no different. Despite all the hype surrounding the Hurricanes offense, this will be the first true test to see if the Canes are really as good as they look on paper. Randy “Duke” Johnson has yet to see success against an elite defensive unit. However, this may very well be his coming out party. Duke will have to be a huge factor in this game if the Hurricanes will have a chance to win.
The biggest strength on the Gators defense is their secondary. Florida has two potential first round draft picks in defensive backs Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson. It will be fun to watch how Stephen Morris and the Miami’s talented receiving core matches up against these great corners. A big factor for the Canes will be if Freshman Stacy Coley. Can he have a big impact in this game? The defense will be likely focusing on Phillip Dorsett and Allen Hurns on the outside. Herb Waters will also have to make a mark on this game from the slot position and take advantage of mismatches he poses to the defense.
When it comes to the Gators, their offense is all about size and power running. For the Hurricanes, there is no denying that they lack any true size on defense as one of the more inexperienced defenses as a whole, in the nation. With Florida running back Matt Jones coming back, Miami’s defensive line will have to really step up their game to slow down the Gators rushing attack. While Jeff Driskel may not have a huge arm, he is a threat to run so it is important that Miami’s linebackers and secondary are able to wrap him up so he does not do major damage on the ground.
This game has the potential to go down as one of the best in this historic series. It will interesting to see how Duke and the rest of the offense is able to move the ball against the best defense that this team has seen in the past two years. While the Gators may not be an offensive juggernaut, their power running style does pose a problem to the undersized Hurricane defense. The game will be a close one, but I’m predicting the Canes to lose 21-17.