Anyone who knows me knows how big a Gator I am. That said, opening games are sloppy in both college and the pros. I expect this to be no different. In the end, however, I think the Gators win going away in the fourth quarter. It may not be pretty, but a win is a win.
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As far as this season, I think the Gators will improve in Mullen's second season despite the fact that our schedule is ranked as one of the top five toughest in the country. Where Feleipe goes, so go the Gators.
As far as Alabama, I never count them out. That would be foolish. I think they're poised to once again make a run at a National Championship. Clemson is a powerhouse to be sure, but it's tough to compare two teams that will only meet in a single game and don't have many common opponents. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they face off again, but hope someone can be a spoiler (GO GATORS!!!).
To your other questions, I think LSU and Auburn will be what they have been for the last three years: OK to impressive teams in the early going and yet fade down the stretch. I have zero confidence in either head coach. I think Texas takes a big leap this year and challenges for a conference title. Notre Dame? Who cares. I've never liked the Golden Domers and struggle to understand the press they continue to receive given but one season in 31 years where they played for a title...and then got thumped by Alabama. Yawn.
In the Big Ten, I say keep an eye out for the Gophers. I think they're going to mix it up this season. Michigan and Harbaugh? Please. If he can't win v OSU when they're undergoing a transition at HC, then his seat is going to turn from hot to raging fire in an instant.
In the PAC 12, I think USC and UCLA are still going to be non contenders which is so friggin' weird. I hear rumblings about Oregon and Utah, so I'll keep an eye on them. Hey, I only really care about the PAC 12 because I live on the West Coast. If I didn't, which was much of my life, I wouldn't give them a second thought.
Finally, I think it's great that the Gators have a meaningful game out of the gate as essentially the only game of consequence to open the season. I've got my BBQ primed and ready to go for my guests this afternoon. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, as the saying goes, and I couldn't be more fond of football, college or pro. It's finally here!