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UF season preview; Plus 5 goals for a trip to Atlanta for the SEC championship game

THE MIAMI HERALD'S college football preview hit newsstands today. Check it out!

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GAINESVILLE -- We're excited and having some fun today on Christmas Eve, Eve of the Gators' season opener. Gator Clause presents five statistical measures or thoughts that could land the Florida Gators in Atlanta for the SEC championship game.

5 Hold Tennessee RB Arian Foster to under 100 yards. Foster rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2007 but only had 26 yards on 11 carries against the Gators.

4. Hold LSU to under 20 points. Each of Florida's seven SEC championships since 1991 have two things in common when it comes to LSU. Florida beat LSU each time and held the Tigers to under 20 points.

3. Make Georgia QB Matthew Stafford throw the ball in the fourth quarter. He has a tendency to let pressure get the best of him. In each of the Bulldogs' two losses last season (South Carolina and Tennessee), Stafford tossed fourth-quarter interceptions.

2. Make LSU punt the ball. Everyone knows what happened last season. (The Tigers converted 5-of-5 fourth-down attempts.)

1. Block at least eight kicks. In 2006, the Gators blocked eight kicks (five punts, two field goals and one extra point) and won the national championship. In 2004, Urban Meyer's undefeated Utah team blocked nine kicks (seven punts and two field goals).

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