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Gators will win the SEC, lose to FSU and play in the Sugar; Plus five reasons UF can win the national title

GAINESVILLE -- Gator Clause has officially returned from its Self Imposed Surfing Sabbatical. We're not going to lie. It was tough to stay away from the blog, but we did.

Southeastern Conference Media Days begin on Wednesday from a crowded conference room in a hotel attached to a mall in suburban Birmingham, Ala. For many around the Southeast, SEC Media Days will be the unofficial start of the college football season. For the people of Alabama, it will be a chance to touch The Great Nick Saban or at least see the man and generally enjoy his presence. And those people are just the reporters who cover Alabama and Paul Finebaum. Fans of the Crimson Tide and its coach will pack a hotel lobby, attached to a mall in suburban Birmingham, Ala., and weep in Saban's presence.

Yes, I'm preparing myself for a freak show on Wednesday morning, when, fresh off a national championship, Saban and Co. kick off SEC Media Days with all the energy of a Star Trek convention at the Kennedy Space Center. Thank the stars the SEC had the good sense to schedule Alabama first. Leonard Nimoy and his Trekkies will be long gone by the time Florida coach Urban Meyer begins his media obligations.

What to expect from Meyer this season? What to expect from Florida? Win or lose it, will be a fascinating season. OK, let's begin the coverage of this season the right way. I'm going to go out on a limb right from the beginning and make a few bold predictions. Why not, right?

1. Florida will win the SEC.

2. Florida will lose to Florida State.

3. Florida will play in the Sugar Bowl.

4. Florida will finish the season 12-2.

5. Florida will finish the season ranked in the top 5.

OK, those are the predictions. Now for five reasons why UF can win the national championship this year.

1. Tim Tebow is gone. Call me crazy, but I think the hype surrounding Tebow took away from the team last season. Now, before you begin sending me death threats, understand that I'm not saying Tebow himself took away from the team. I'm simply saying that, by no fault his own, Tebow's media-driven circus took away from the team. With Tebow gone, the team will actually have a better chance of, you know, being a unified team, instead of being Tim Tebow and the Heartbreakers. I think Tebowmania took away from the team last season both from a strategic, X's-and-O's standpoint and from a team-chemistry standpoint. Those distractions have moved to Denver.

2. Urban Meyer is refocused. Meyer lost it last season and nearly worried himself to death. Totally understandable, I might add. The effects of Tebowmania were enough to make the most levelheaded person go crazy. Last season was so bizarre. Meyer was like the main character in a reality TV show called, "Breaking Urban Meyer." The stress 2009 put on Florida's coach was tough to watch and I felt bad for the guy, but Meyer is now better for it. A stronger and wiser Urban Meyer will emerge this season.

3. Personnel. Florida lost some talented players after last season but there is more than enough talent on the 2010 roster to win a national championship. Guys like Mike Pouncey, Will Hill, Brandon Hicks, A.J. Jones, John Brantley and Justin Trattou are ready to be positive team leaders. Guys like Ahmad Black and Marcus Gilbert are now seasoned veterans. Guys like Ronald Powell, Matt Elam and Andre Debose are ready to add instant energy. Guys like William Green, Carl Moore, Emmanuel Moody, Omarius Hines, Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins are ready to prove themselves. Guys like Jeff Demps, Omar Hunter and Carl Johnson are ready to dominate. It's a good mix.

4. Motivation. Motivation is the most important aspect of college football right after personnel. The Gators have the personnel and they are motivated. Alabama 32, Florida 13. 'Nuff said.

5. Humility. There isn't a single player on the Gators' football team who can be considered a superstar. But for a few, all the starters are relatively unproven. No one has achieved greatness. Everyone has failed. For the first time in three years, there are no returning first-team All-Americans. There is no Percy. There is no Spikes. There is no Tebow. There is no Brandon James. Even the players being hyped as "preseason whatevers" have proven little. Center Mike Pouncey is starting at a new position. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins was ... um, how to put this ... not his best when it mattered most last season.

Take away difficult road test at Alabama (Oct.2) and Florida State (Nov.27) and Florida's schedule sets up nicely. A national title run is not out of the question. Florida can lose to Alabama on Oct. 2 and still win the national title with strong finish.

-jo-

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Jo, I think the predictions are okay with the exception of the first 2:

1. You have to believe the John Brantley will be almost perfect this year for Florida to overtake Alabama. I just don't see it happening. He hasn't thrown a meaningful pass in years and Meyer's system revolves around the quarterback play. I see another Bama Florida SEC Championship with Nick Satan winning again.

What do you see that I don't?

2. I don't see FSU beating UF. With the amount of question marks that Florida has this year on offense, FSU has more on defense. On top of that, you're asking a lot of Jimbo Fisher to beat Florida in year 1.

Why do you think FSU wins and is it because you think they will play up to Florida this year or because they will just be that good?

Florida will NOT win the SEC as long as Nick Saban is at Alabama. He's got their number, not to mention a significantly better team. As long as Saban is at Alabama Florida will be playing for 2nd place. They will win their division regularly as long as they keep playing 8 home games every year with at least 2 of them being against Division II teams. All the good teams in the SEC are in the other division. As far as the future, we (Noles) and Miami are recruiting better players. The future looks real good for both of us, not so good for UF.

Sam =Caene fan in a dress

nice...

Recruiting better? Kelvin Cain told me that Jeff Luc is dumber than a box of hammers. He's right. And u cane fan in drag are just sad.

SAM YOU NEEDS MEDS----Miami and FSwho recruiting better than Florida is laughable,can`t figure your thinking on this one.Florida has been ranked first and second in recruiting classes for the last four years.

I'm gonna agree with the other posts Mr. Seminole Sam. You can't really blog/talk about the top recruits when Florida has had the 1/2 top recruiting classes the past 4 or so years. Also, when the hell has Seminole fans talked good about the Hurricanes. I loved the Hurricanes before I went to UF and everybody HATES the Seminoles including the Hurricanes. Come to think about it that is one of the only things that Gator fans and Hurricanes fans have in common, an unhealthy loathing for anything FSU.

Who really hates the 'Noles? They've become irrelevant along with the canes. Just like the canes, they can't sell out their stadium or season tix when they have a down year or two. All this contrived "hate" is just that...contrived.

People hate the Gators because even if they go 5 and 7, the stadium is still full and season tix are still sold out.

Goodman..... Strong!

to AlexG, canes fans hate the seminoles because they are our closest rivals. but dont think for a single second that we dont respect them!!!! at least FSU never took us off the schedule. FSU could loose 10 times in a row to miami and they would keep coming back because they have something the Gaytor's never will and thats HEART baby. i have been reading the post's from you UF fans and you are still just as delussional as ever. you still think that 3,4 or 5 stars next to a players name makes them the cream of the crop? pa-leazeeeeeeeee.

if it wasnt for rivals or scouts rankings the Crier wouldnt have a clue as to who he should recruit, factor in his ability to create a soft and ridiculous schedule and some of the dirtiest recruiting techniques 2nd only to Lane Kiffin and you got yourself one hell of an idiot! do i have to remind you that your so called fearless leader was jumpin ship just before the recruiting began. he knows his ship is sinking. he no longer has his 3 play spread offense anymore, teabow left, TB right and TB up the middle. please do not even try to it was health reasons he was stepping away for. now i know you a guys are delussional! but you cant be that stupid to believe that BS. so go right ahead and enjoy your #1 or 2 ranking in recruiting and we will see just where it gets you. no NT game this year and no SEC title game this year. but dont worry the canes will be thinking about you as we whipp BAMA in the NC game and go undefeated this year. i look forward to hearing from you and let the crying begin. bring it on!!!!!!~!!!!!

to Steve Stevens? what did your parents not want you? its clear they dont love you but damm to first names. canes irrelevant? give me a break! the only thing irrelevant here is your lack of knowledge of canes fans selling out our home stadium. unlike jerkwater FL(gainesville)their are a myriad of other things to do down here like beach, water, women, food and dancing that we have to compete with. of course you guys sell out the swump! their is nothing else to do there except maybe sleep with your sister. by the way how is she? please tell her i said hello. so please dont brag about the stadium being full, your trying to take credit for what amounts to a lack of options no offense to your sister.

I hate to be this guy, but seriously caneism, how hard is it to capitalize letters and use proper punctuation? I get it, this a comments section, but it makes you loose any cred you might have had.

Beside that, your the reason why I hate Miami fans. Your rants are the most laughable things I have ever read."their (they're) are a myriad of other things to do down here like beach, water (I guess mentioning the beach once wasn't enough), women (?), food (again ?) and dancing that we have to compete with." We have all those things except the beach and we still will always sell our stadium out.
"you still think that 3,4 or 5 stars next to a players name makes them the cream of the crop? pa-leazeeeeeeeee." Umm... yea I do. I understand fully it doesn't mean everything, but on average the stars next to their names are fairly good indicators of future successes.
"do i have to remind you that your so called fearless leader was jumpin ship just before the recruiting began. he knows his ship is sinking." Hahahaha Randy has done so much since he got there!
"but dont worry the canes will be thinking about you as we whipp BAMA in the NC game and go undefeated this year." I've seen wishful thinking before but damm.... Hahahahahahahaha

Until the ACC does something of importance I will continue to laugh at stupid comments and fans like you! Have fun with your "moral victory" you had against UF in '08 by us not killing you.

Fellow Gators: Not only is there no point to arguing with such typical examples of either 'Nole or Canes fans, there's no REASON--they display their ignorance and idiocy quite clearly the moment they open their mouths (or in this case, hit the "Post"-button).

Alex G.

I will agree partially with you. Tha U and uF both hate the Seminoles, but I always root for FSU when the play uF cause I respect FSU. Tha U would pay you guys to play Us, but you know that uF won't put it's money where it's mouth is. Reality check.

Sniff Sniff, I smell 9u$$y.

CANEISM4LOL HERE'S YOUR CAP'S! ARE YOU HAPPY NOW? My grammer? that's the best you got? it's nice to see that your overpriced under delivered excuse of an education didn't go to waste. Mama would be proud! as for mentioning the beach, where exactly do you see more than one reference? as for RS, he's simply and quietly put together the most talent laiden team in the NCAA without bringing in prison hopefuls like Urban. how many UF players have been arrested this year alone? 15-20? please dont worry about moral victory's because were not. I watched a Freshman and Sophmore laiden team go into the swamp in 08 and completely stiffle the vaunted Florida offense. The Swamp was so quiet you could hear a pin drop for over 3 quarters. it wasn't until the ref's took pitty on you late in the game and called two ridiculous pass interference penalty's on us back to back and placed the gators inside the 10 that you were able to score your first TD and we had a Quarterback starting his first College game. I dont mind loosing a battle of whitt's to a UF fan, but do me a favor and come with something a little stronger than grammer and for Pete's sake have the family jewel's to use your real screen name and not just copy mine ok. i would expect a little more from a UF fan. Not much more but a little. look forward to hearing back from you.

duhhhhhhhhhh

really now meth heads, what else would this glorified cheerleader say.
That the GAYtors will win 5-6 games.
That the GAYtors will play in the bluebonnett bowl game.
That the GAYtors will have 2-3 arrests b4 the season starts.
& that the GAYtors head coach is out of rehab (oops i mean vacation) & doin well.
Like fox (faux) news keep tellin the flock lies & the lies become the truth..

Nice to see you finally came out of hiding since the gators got 1 & out at the college world series. Gators winning the SEC you need to get off whatever your taking. Gators will be Alabama & Sabans whooping boy for as long as Saban stays at Ala, get used to it. Can't wait to see Urban'S melt down after Saban clobbers the gators this year, will be epic. Over /under how many gators arrested this year 5.

Sabbatical? I just assumed you were suspended like most of the other Gators.

Tebow didn't cause the Gators to lose the national championship.

Alabama exposed a weakness along the Gator defensive line compounded with overall bad tackling and the loss of Carlos Dunlap.

Gator defensive tackles will be that much bigger, stronger and more experienced in 2010 and while the defensive ends lack the explosiveness of Dunlap and Cunningham, I think they will be more consistent and better run stoppers.

Hey dodo, we're 1-1 vs Nick the D!ck in SEC championship play. What is RS vs Butchy in boring ACC season match ups?

Over /under how many losses this year 5. You can count one of those from Me!

Hey dodo, we're 1-1 vs Nick the D!ck in SEC championship play.

I dont know about you but that 32 - 13 beatdown should count as two losses. That and makeing timmy cry like a baby.

Hey dodo, we're 1-1 vs Nick the D!ck in SEC championship play.

And the Canes are 6 - 1 against the turds this decade. Your point being?

I've been road tripping to G-ville for home games for over 30 years and the vast majority of the fans are from S. Florida, Tampa, Atlanta, and Jax. The stadium on Sat triples the outlying population.

I think cane-(j)-ism makes my point that 95K people will travel 2-5 hours to see the Gators play, while no one wants to see the canes in their own backyard. Once again, SI made this point almost 30 years ago when they talked about the UF/UM game.

Even 'Noles have a little more pride than that!

I dont know about you but that 32 - 13 beatdown should count as two losses.

I guess a 48-0 beat down when you last played in the O-Bowl should count as a season of humuliation....

Just in case U forgot:
http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=273142390

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5392159

Turds are in deep shyt now.....

All UF fans that are recruiting experts, let me ask you this, Hasnt UF had better classes over the last 6 years than Bama??
So what gives??

I've been road tripping to G-ville for home games for over 30 years and the vast majority of the fans are from S. Florida, Tampa, Atlanta, and Jax. The stadium on Sat triples the outlying population.

I think cane-(j)-ism makes my point that 95K people will travel 2-5 hours to see the Gators play, while no one wants to see the canes in their own backyard. Once again, SI made this point almost 30 years ago when they talked about the UF/UM game.

Even 'Noles have a little more pride than that!

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Not true, I live in Gainesville and the stadium does not triple the population. The population is around 250k. 50k being students
jacksonville is 90% of out of town game travelers rooting for UF. People give me tickets every year, thats right GIVE AWAY.

So the throngs of people rolling down I75 and the turnpike right after the game and all Sunday represent only a fraction of the out of towners in G-ville on game day? Dude are you sure you're not talking about Gainesville Georgia?

As far as giving away tix -- you are fortunate son, Stub Hub and Razor Gator ticket rates for Gator games is one of the highest across the whole season of any other collegiate football program.

Great article Jo! Glad to have you back! Why do so many Canes read this blog? I never go on the Manny Navarro Cane blog b/c I hate the Canes and don't care for them. But you Canes fans live & breath Gator football. Seriously, register at UF and get some sense of fulfillment. Your obsession is disturbing.

Rico, your Gator troll poisoned the Herald Canes site so now nobody can post on there, and poisoned the Sun Sentinel Canes site so now nobody can post there, either.

So, until he leaves us alone, you get Canes fans retaliating for his racist garbage on here.

Thank Curse and his many names for our retaliation.

"Beside that, your the reason why I hate Miami fans. Your rants are the most laughable things I have ever read."their (they're) are a myriad of other things to do down here like beach, water (I guess mentioning the beach once wasn't enough), women (?), food (again ?) and dancing that we have to compete with." We have all those things except the beach and we still will always sell our stadium out."

Hilarious that you are questioning someone's grammar in a comments section, but proceed to screw up on your own, hypocrite.

"Beside that, your (you're) the reason why I hate Miami fans."
LOL! Arrogant stupidity from a Gator, that is the reason why I hate Gator trolls.

I am a gator and I actally respect the canes more. I was at Miami game in Gainesville and had to pay some respect to the Canes that rolled into town with all that attitude and walked their parade right on University Ave. The Noles will be back. It will be a little while. I still have visions of the Wake Forest homecoming game in Tallahasse. OMG!! Gators have a superior program. Peerless coaching, better recruiting and the best fans. Semnoles have to be talked into driving to south beach!! I am now in Atlanta and there are no shortage of crazy ass SEC fans that have all the Gator hatoration. It is about WINNING. Alabama is now showing it. IT IS LIKE CHRISTMAS GUYS. FOOTBALL SEASON IS ON US!!

wow i thought this was a gators blog...guess the canes blog and seminoles blog has nothin to talk about...and for all you guys talkin about tebow is gone, i guess urban meyer had tebow at utah when he went undefeated...well u guys are welcome to come here and vent over your mediocrity since no one reads the canes and seminoles blogs

well i guess since we lost to alabama last year they are dominating us in the SEC...we will never beat them while saban is there even though we beat an undefeated Bama in the 08 SEC championship...we have had tremendously better recruiting classes then them even though they were #5 in 2010, #1 in 2009, and #1 in 2008...seems to me like since UM and FSU cant beat us they have to cheer on every team that does...and please know the facts before you speak criminoles and lames

The only thing worse than disdain is insignificance. Both FSU and UM are just that. The canes gleefully cherished the bad guy role they played for years. Now with the winnning in the rear-view mirror and the bad guy image extinguished, the canes only joy is in others mis-fortune.

Sad state of affairs.

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