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Saturday, October 1, 2005

the game

Everyone still reading this site (if there is anyone, they'd no doubt be saying, "What's there to read?") knows that the Alabama-Florida game is an interesting situation for me. I'm in the unique spot of being a graduate of both institutions (though with one more degree from Bama), with a wife who has a Florida degree herself and no other connections to Bama than me.

It's fairly obvious to everyone now that color schemes will be divided this day.

I've never witnessed personally a game of any kind in which Alabama has beaten Florida. At least, I don't think so...I can't remember if I was at the "Pettway drive" basketball game a few years back. So I feel like I'm a jinx. Kelly's never been to a Bama game where Alabama lost. But she's never been to a Bama game where the team that she wanted to win lost, either.

My prediction for the game? I think that this will be one of those "first to 20 wins" types. Both sides are extremely strong defensively. I still don't know what to make of either offense. Sometimes Bama looks very sharp (South Carolina), sometimes they just don't. Florida put up 49 in the first half against Kentucky, then got outscored 21-0 in the second half by a team that Indiana whipped. And, yes, I know that Indiana is currently unbeaten too. We shall see how that one plays out.

I tend to fall slightly on the pessimistic side when it comes to Alabama football. I've said before that I'm not happy until we have at least one more point than our opponent with 0:00 left, or until we have at least nine more than our opponent with 0:01 left. This will be one of those games, I think, where my emotion for the rest of the day (tempered either way with exhaustion) will be determined sometime deep in the fourth quarter. And, unfortunately for me (and fortunately for my sweet wife), I think that it'll be disappointment. But it really could go either way.

My pick: Florida 20, Alabama 17

Feel free to leave a "ROLL TIDE" comment if we win, though... :)