Florida is on a slide at 0-3, but they’ve got reasons to be optimistic this week. The offense has scored 42 and 34 the last two weeks, but just hasn’t been able to keep up with the high powered Texas and Alabama offenses. Last week quarterback Ronnie Blevins had a fantastic 369 yard, five touchdown performance, completing 29 of 35. Blevins should look to continue to build on that against a Michigan defense that allowed 386 pass yards just a week ago. The concern is that the Florida defense has allowed 59 and 45 the past two weeks against pass heavy teams, and Michigan has their own gunslinger in quarterback Clayton Denny.
So far Michigan hasn’t been as explosive offensively as most expected them to with the addition of quarterback Clayton Denny from the transfer portal. They had Texas on the ropes a week ago but couldn’t hang on for the win. The Wolverines need their offense to have a big week because the Gators are trending upward and aren’t going to go down easy. Defensively, Michigan has looked pretty solid overall but allowed a come back to Texas after building a lead just a week ago. Forcing Florida into turnovers will take a lot of pressure off their struggling offense.
Michigan has the firepower potential that hasn’t been unlocked yet and a defense that can slow teams down just enough to keep them in the game. I expect the Wolverines to be winners in a close one as Florida continues their offensive success as of late.
Houston Freeman: Florida 32, Michigan 35
David Ware: Florida 49, Michigan 38