Exactly 7 days ago, I posted my predictions on the upcoming Gator Football season (now 193 days away).
I thought it would be fun to compare my predictions to the… “experts”.
Today I compare to CollegeFootballNews.com, who recently published a piece on the 2013 SEC East Schedule Breakdown. It includes a breakdown of every SEC teams
**One note: They list the SEC West foes as Alabama and Miss St… thats obviously incorrect. The western foes this season are Arkansas and @LSU.
Non-Conference Games: Toledo, at Miami, Georgia Southern
**Games Against The West: Alabama, at Mississippi State Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 10-2
Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Toledo, at Miami, Tennessee, at Kentucky, Arkansas, at Missouri, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Georgia Southern, Florida State
Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at LSU, at South Carolina
Summary: The Gators don’t get much time to tune up starting out with a tough game against a good Toledo team with a great offense. Then comes the dogfight with what’s sure to be an emotional fight at Miami against a team looking to make a major statement. With a week off, everything should be ready to go to start the SEC season with Tennessee coming to town. Fortunately, it doesn’t get too much easier in conference play with four of the first five games – Tennessee, at Kentucky, Arkansas and at Missouri – against teams that didn’t go bowling last year. But the fifth game is the bear.
Playing Arkansas from the West isn’t a bad deal, but things quickly change the week after with a trip to LSU to mark the start of a long stretch away from Ben Hill Griffin. Throw in an off week and the Georgia game in Jacksonville and Florida goes from October 5th to November 9th without a home game. Not only are the Georgia and LSU games away from home, but so is the showdown against South Carolina. Georgia Southern is a break before finishing up with Florida State.
9/7 at Miami
9/14 OPEN DATE
9/28 at Kentucky
10/12 at LSU
10/19 at Missouri
10/26 OPEN DATE
11/2 Georgia (in Jacksonville)
11/16 at South Carolina
11/23 Georgia Southern
11/30 Florida State
To compare, they only had one difference with a loss at South Carolina. I cant really argue against that, I predicted this would probably be a nail biter. This game could go either way. Spurrier will definitely be looking for some revenge after 2012. I do have one disagreement with CFN… Toledo? Yea they are “ok” and certainly no JV Squad… but I don’t think they will be that tough out of the gates. They may make it interesting for a while before Must-Chomp and crew shut em down. (I hope)
CFN does go on to rank the schedules for the SEC.
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when. From toughest to easiest …
2. South Carolina
5. Ole Miss
6. Mississippi State
7. Texas A&M
By the way… I’m gonna go ahead and predict a Clemson win over the Mutts. CFN has them winning that game.