- 12/13/2011, 12:20PM ET
MorningWoodley said 12/13, 12:20 PM
Braxton Miller, Ohio States QB, has come a long way this season. He is progessing as a player and a Quarterback. Florida has been unable to defeat any ranked or decent teams this season. Ohio State was able to defeat Wisconsin and put up a fight against Michigan. Clearly Ohio State is the better team and will defeat Florida who has lost 6 of their last 8 games!
DJRoxalot said 12/13, 11:25 PM
"Braxton Miller, Ohio States QB, has come a long way this season. He is progressing as a player and a Quarterback."
Miller has completed just 50% of his passes for 90.6ypg, 7.44ypa, 11 TD's to 4 INT's, with a pedestrian 133.6 Passer Rating.
Florida's defense is 25th in the Nation, allowing just 20.6ppg. And Ohio State's offense is 75th in scoring, 25.1ppg.
John Brantley is a better QB and his experience will help make the difference in this game. He completed 58.9% of his passes for 191ypg, 8.54ypa, 10 TD's to 6 INT's.
"Clearly Ohio State is the better team and will defeat Florida who has lost 6 of their last 8 games!"
Ohio State has lost 5 of their last 8 games, including their last 3 games. Purdue beat the Buckeyes. That's not a good sign. Florida is a better team than the Boilermakers.
I like Florida to win a close game, 23-21.
MorningWoodley said 12/14, 11:45 AM
John Brantley only has one more year than Miller, I would not say that that "experience" will be a difference maker in this game. Brantley has less touchdowns than Miller and has more interceptions. Plus Brantley lacks something that makes Miller a special quarterback: the ability to run the football. Ohio State will have three dimensions during this game: Pass, run, and the option play. This will be tough to defend and wear out the Florida Defense.
"Florida's defense is 25th in the Nation, allowing just 20.6ppg. And Ohio State's offense is 75th in scoring, 25.1ppg. "
You didn't mention that Ohio State's defense is 26th in the nation with allowing just 20.7 ppg, and Florida's Offense is 72nd scoring 25.6 ppg. So those stats are basically irrelevent because they are equally matched in that category. The main difference will be Braxton Miller's ability to run and John Brantley's inability to run. This brings a whole other level to the Ohio State's offense. Just like how good Tim Tebow was for Florida, Braxton Miller plays just like him except just not as good. Regardless, Florida's Defense will be tired out by the option and will cause them to lose!
DJRoxalot said 12/14, 12:09 PM
"John Brantley only has one more year than Miller"
Brantley is a senior.
Miller is a freshman.
Yeah, I think Brantley's experience may have a little something to do with them winning against the Buckeyes.
"Ohio State will have three dimensions during this game: Pass, run, and the option play."
The Gators lost, but they did a pretty good job against South Carolina and Conner Shaw. Shaw could only manage 81 yards passing. The Gamecocks have an overall better team than Ohio State.
"The main difference will be Braxton Miller's ability to run and John Brantley's inability to run."
Chris Rainey (5.1ypc) and Jeff Demps (5.9ypc) are a lot better at running the ball than Miller who averages 4.8ypc.
Florida has had a lot of injuries, especially Brantley. Playing in the brutally tough SEC, while Miller played in the Big 10. Yet, both teams ended up with the same record.
Florida has a very athletic defense. They limited Isiah Crowell to just 81 yards. Florida will make enough plays to win the game.
MorningWoodley said 12/14, 05:08 PM
I want everyone out there to read this next part before you vote!!!
What good is Brantley being a senior if he sat on the BENCH his first two years? He has only had two years of PLAYING EXPERIENCE!
"Chris Rainey (5.1ypc) and Jeff Demps (5.9ypc) are a lot better at running the ball than Miller who averages 4.8ypc."
Those are both running backs... they reason Braxton Miller running is a game changer is because when he drops back the defense can't focus on just the pass, they have to keep track of Miller who is running all over the place. Miller also can run the option with ease. He is fast and agile which is perfect for the option.
Finally, stop acting like Florida's defense is LSU or Alabama! They don't hold good runners to low yardage games. Trent Richardson - 181yds 2TD, C. Shaw - 88yds 2TDs, S Ware - 109yds 2TDs, just to name a few. And last time I checked, having 81 yards rushing for a running back is not a terrible game. Its average or slightly below.
Ohio State is too versatile on offense and is solid enough defensively too stop Florida and beat them in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl!!!
DJRoxalot said 12/15, 12:09 PM
When did I say they were like Bama and LSU's defense? I didn't. I said they have a very athletic defense. But, you brought up Bama and LSU's RB's.
But lets talk about the Buckeyes defense. Remember the Hurricanes game? You probably don't want to, but I am here to remind you. They lost, 24-6. And the Hurricanes ran for 240 yards against the OSU defense.
If you want more recently? Against Purdue, the Boilermakers (69th in scoring offense) threw for 234 yards and ran for 129 yards against OSU in a 26-23 OT win.
Florida is an SEC battle tested team. I think the Gators can expose OSU's less than stellar defense and win the game.
Bama and SC are a lot better than OSU. So, Florida had trouble with them. OSU would as well.
Florida beat a pretty solid Vanderbilt team recently. The little brother of Aaron Rodgers is very good and the Florida defense did a good job of containing him.
Plus, it's a basically a home game for Florida since it is being played in Jacksonville. OSU fans may travel well, but this is a home field advantage for the Gators.
Oh, and Rainey is a very capable player, he had 212 total yards against the Vols.
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