College Football Preview: Florida Needs an Offensive Miracle

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Arkansas showed the holes in Alabama’s defense last week but Al Dannity doesn’t see Florida having the firepower to capitalize on Saturday.

Tide Can Contain Burton John Brantley is no Ryan Mallett. While the Arkansas quarterback will be remembered for the 3 interceptions he threw in the second half, it was the way he carved up Alabama’s defense in the first half that gave the rest of the SEC cause for hope this season. There’s no doubting the Tide have some athletic defenders who can make big plays. What they lack is the cohesion and experience of a veteran unit and that will give elite quarterbacks a chance to beat them. Fortunately for Alabama, John Brantley is not yet in that elite bracket.

The Florida signal-caller has been the anti-Tebow so far this season. He lacks his predecessor’s mobility, decision making, or even accuracy. Brantley finally raised his game against Kentucky last week going 24 of 35 passing for 248 yards a touchdown and an interception. It will however be his back-up, Trey Burton, who gets special attention on Saturday. Burton ran for 40 yards and 5 touchdowns on just 5 carries against Kentucky, and completed his only pass for a 42 yard gain.

The Tide will only have to worry about Burton if Florida gets much time in the red zone and I don’t see that happening. This offense is too limited to live with Alabama’s athletes. Instead it will fall on the Gators’ defense to keep the game competitive. This is an elite unit but I see Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson doing enough on the ground to secure a home win. College Football betting fans should look for the Tide will cover. Bet on the Alabama Crimson Tide as -9.5 favorites with Sports Interaction.

Cardinal will push Ducks all the way The Oregon Ducks enter Saturday’s match-up with Stanford as -7.0 favorites with Sports Interaction but I see this game being a lot closer than that. The Ducks have proven their ability to score under pressure. Oregon started the season by racking up gaudy numbers and points totals against New Mexico, Tennessee, and Portland State. The most impressive performance for me however was against Arizona State last week where Oregon won 42-31 despite being outgained by 192 yards.

It took some big turnovers to win by that margin and I can’t see a repeat against the Cardinal. Andrew Luck could be the best Stanford quarterback since John Elway and I like him to keep this game close. Oregon can win but covering is another story. This game should go down to final drive and I see a field goal separating these teams.