Florida vs. Michigan: Ten Predictions

1: Feleipe Franks throws for 250+ yards. Florida may not have Antonio Callaway, but Michigan’s young secondary will still have to deal with Josh Hammond, Freddie Swain and Tyrie Cleveland. Franks may not have a career day, but he should have a solid day.

2: Florida’s defense sacks Wilton Speight at least three times. Certainly the Wolverines won’t have an easy time containing Cece Jefferson, Taven Bryan, Jachai Polite or Jabari Zuniga. And if Speight holds the ball too long, he’ll exacerbate the issue.

3: LaMical Perine rushes for 80+ yards. Michigan’s front seven is talented, but they’re also very inexperienced, and Perine is a load to bring down. Watch for Perine to emerge in Scarlett’s absence.

4: Tyrie Cleveland catches a touchdown pass. In Callaway’s absence, Cleveland will be Franks’ go-to target. He’ll hit pay dirt at least once.

5: Florida wins the turnover battle. The Gators should get to Speight plenty, and their ball hawking secondary will be waiting to pounce on mistake throws. Franks may make a mistake or two himself, but the Gators’ defense should more than make up for it.

6: Michigan rushes for 150+ yards as a team. Florida is young and thin in the front seven, and the Wolverines could give them some problems on the ground, namely with Chris Evans.

7: Florida gets flagged at least seven times. Penalties have been a problem for Florida since the Spurrier days, and with a plethora of young guys getting extended playing time, I fear a lot of self inflicted wounds.

8: Michigan also gets flagged at least seven times. For the same reason.

9: Kedarius Toney gets at least six touches. A huge spring game showing for the freshman paved his way into the Gators’ game plan. Without Callaway and Scarlett, Toney figures to become a real staple of this offense.

10: An ugly, defensive game goes Michigan’s way late. I predicted Florida to win earlier in the summer, and I do believe that they still can. But I can’t shake the premonition that the rash of suspensions will prove costly as the Gators’ lack of depth gets exposed in the end.

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