Prediction: More hardware on the way for Gators

January, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The prelude to the FedEx BCS National Championship Game has been pretty lively.

The weather and hospitality in South Florida ain't been half bad, either. Now, let's hope the game measures up.

You've been asking for my pick, my last pick of the college football season. I'm not going to lie. This is an important one. There's always a little extra pep in your step when you go into the offseason fresh off a win.

Everybody remembers what you did in your last game. Just ask Alabama (and Utah).

I won't sugarcoat it. My prognostication skills during the bowl season have been abysmal. After going a respectable 73-23 (.760) during the regular season, I'm 2-5 in bowl games involving SEC teams. The only ones I've gotten right to this point were Ole Miss' win over Texas Tech in the AT&T Cotton Bowl and Georgia's win over Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl.

Here goes one last shot at redemption:

Florida 42, Oklahoma 28: In terms of total points, this might be a little low. Both offenses are going to score, hit some big plays and make this football game a lot of fun to watch. After all, Oklahoma hasn't scored fewer than 35 points all season, while Florida hasn't scored fewer than 26 ... and that was during the second week of the season. The Sooners have a chip on their shoulder and feel like they've been disrespected. They probably have, but they're still not good enough defensively to slow down the Gators, who will break this game open in special teams. Florida middle linebacker Brandon Spikes said earlier this week that defenses in the Big 12 were a joke. I'm not ready to go that far. But this Oklahoma defense won't have enough answers for Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin and the rest of the Florida offensive arsenal, whereas the Florida defense will at least be able to slow down the Sooners. And that's no joke.

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