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Monday, September 11, 2006

The Perfect Storm

The state of Florida should be in a state of emergency because a perfect storm is brewing. It may be hurricane season, but they should be more worried about the wind of change blowing an upset ... or two ... or three ... their way.

Florida, Florida State and Miami all have extremely tough games this week -- all with serious potential for upsets.

Let's start with the non-upset upset -- Miami facing off against Louisville in Petrinoville. While Louisville is technically the favorite because of the home field advantage and the higher rank, do not forget that Miami fell because of a loss to Florida State and that Louisville will be playing without their talented RB Michael Bush, making this match-up relatively close with Miami as the slight favorite in my eyes. But Miami will be facing a possible upset because of the Cardinals' QB Brian Brohm. Brohm has clearly demonstrated that he is a superior passer to Miami QB Kyle Wright, and, for once, it looks like Louisville has better receivers than the Hurricanes. This could be the final hole in the Larry Coker sail, and it could happen on Saturday.

Our next potential Florida pitfall comes for the Seminoles against Clemson. Florida State has a clear advantage playing in Tallahassee, but they will be facing a very irrate Clemson team, looking to avenge a Boston College loss from the previous week. Also, Florida State looked pretty flat last weekend against Troy of the Sun Belt Conference, showing similar weaknesses as when the played Miami. If Clemson can get QB Drew Weatherford to make a few mistakes, the Tigers could come away with a victory over their ACC rivals.

The last test is certainly not the least. Florida will be taking on a rejuvenated Tennessee team in Knoxville. While Tennessee did look pretty poor against Air Force, we cannot forget how good they looked at home against a very powerful California team. Vols' QB Erik Ainge is throwing like a Manning, while the defense is running on all cylindars. Urban Meyer will have to come up with some innovative moves for QB Chris Leak in order to penetrate this Tennessee defense, and for an interception-prone passer, it will not be an easy task.

So there you have it; three big tests await the Florida schools this weekend with little possibility that all three escape unscathed.

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