GAINESVILLE -- It's too bad the Gators and Canes don't play this year. After the first three weeks of the season, the two on-again, off-again rivals appear to be a little more equal than last year. Who would win if the two teams played this season? Who would be favored? We'll probably never know, but it's fun to speculate. I'm putting the spread at Florida by 4.
For those wondering how the Canes would fair against the 2009 Gators, the best measuring stick might be this Saturday when Miami travels to Blacksburg, Va., for an away game against always-tough Virginia Tech. (Here me out, Gators and Canes fans, before you pound out a nasty blog comment.)
The Hokies are currently a top 15 team (No.11 in the AP) led by a dual-threat quarterback, run-oriented offense, excellent defenders and above-average special teams. Sound familiar? Yep, sounds like the Gators.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm rather certain that the Gators are better than Virginia Tech. Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor is no Tim Tebow and the Gators' offensive line and running backs are considerably better in Gainesville than they are in Blacksburg. But that doesn't mean we can't compare Virginia Tech and Florida.
Virginia Tech is a poor man's Florida in nearly every way. If Miami loses to the Hokies this weekend, then we won't have to speculate about a mythical Florida-Miami match up anymore. If the Canes trounce the Hokies, then the debate will continue!