G.W. Gras

Senior Writer for The Bears Brawl and Lead Host of The Bears Brawl Podcast.

Florida -7.5 verses Miami
Point total 50.5

Here is a rivalry of two of the toughest teams to gauge, year in and year out. Florida was able to pull off impressive wins against LSU and Michigan but against Georgia and Missouri they lost in back to back weeks losing 36-17 and 38-17 respectively. The most embarrassing moment of the season must have come in the second game of the season losing to Kentucky. Yes, Kentucky was a strong team last year, and they caught the eye of the nation, but Florida had beaten Kentucky, something like 457 games in a row before last year.

Source: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images North America

Regardless of what missteps occurred last season, head coach Dan Mullen has got a nice crop of players at his disposal and the program is moving in a positive direction.

Last season Florida was 9-4 against the spread, while Miami was 5-8.
Florida returns Felipe Franks at quarterback, who improved on his 2017 season, with 2,457 yards passing, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. Franks also ran for 350 yards and added 7 scores with his legs. Franks doesn’t “wow” you with his play, but he is consistent and holds onto the ball. He has a ton of speed at wide receiver, which is not a shock in Florida.

It’d be nice to see more out of running back Lamical Perine. Perine carried the rock at 6.2 yards a clip and finished the season with 826 rushing yards. This is because it took the fifth game of the season for Florida to give him the ball more than 10 times per contest.

Source: Rob Foldy/Getty Images North America

The Miami Hurricanes seemed to be playing games at the quarterback position early and had a three way competition. It was only a few days ago that Miami announced that it is rolling the dice and going with Jarren Williams as the starter. Don’t be surprised if head coach Manny Diaz goes with a multiple quarterback system down the line though. . .

Miami, who has to rebuild an offensive line and is going up against a Florida defensive front that brings experience and depth. Although Jacai Polite has moved onto the NFL, Florida is never short of a defensive presence on the field and linebacker David Reese is back at linebacker to lead the way.

Florida is 1-5 in their last six meetings with Miami – but that stat is trash considering they haven’t played each other since 2013. Florida is 6-0 in their last six games played in the month of August.

Miami just doesn’t beat good teams. Plain and simple. Also something just doesn’t sit right with the retirement of coach Mark Richt. Good news for Miami is that this is one of maybe two tough games on their schedule this season.

The Pick: Florida -7.5