World_news Bruce Feldman isn’t giving Miami much of a chance against UF – 247Sports


The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel released a new episode of The Audible with Stew & Bruce on Thursday. In the podcast the two national college football writers give their prediction for Saturday’s Week 0 meeting between Miami and Florida.

“I’m going to pick Florida to win,” Feldman says with some confidence. “Miami is a seven and a half point underdog. I would take Florida there. I think Florida wins by 10.”

Feldman explains why he’s rolling with Dan Mullen‘s squad.

“I think the Gators at least should be a Top 10 team,” Feldman said. “I think Miami is at least two years away from being along those lines. I just think that what Manny Diaz inherited, especially on offense, was really underwhelming and I just don’t think it’s Jarren Williams. It’s an offensive line that has been very shaky for a long time. I do think they have some talent at wide receiver, but it’s not like no one has had running backs like Miami has had that the past 25 years and they don’t have that right now.”

Williams will be making his first career start for the Hurricanes after beating out both N’Kosi Perry and Tate Martell in a three-man quarterback battle that started all the way back in January. The redshirt freshman was a top recruit coming out of high school, but has only taken nine career snaps all of which came last season against lowly Savannah State in mop-up duty.

Protecting Williams’ blindside will be true freshman Zion Nelson – a former three-star recruit that Miami flipped from Appalachian State late last cycle. On the right side will be redshirt freshman John CampbellThe situation at the tackle spots isn’t exactly ideal for the Hurricanes especially when you consider the fact that Florida’s defensive line boosts an NFL talent in Jabari Zuniga.

Feldman however does point out that there is a path for Miami to upset the Gators in Orlando. 

“The one thing that could be the saving grace for them, is the area where they are best, the front seven,” Feldman said. “Florida has to rebuild an offensive line. They have talented guys, but those guys haven’t hardly played at all.”

Mullen and his offensive staff are breaking in four new starters along the o-line. Miami on the other hand returns an All-ACC candidate at defensive end in Jon Garvin and added Virginia Tech graduate transfer Trevon Hill to the rotation.

While Feldman might not be giving the Hurricanes much of a chance against their in-state rival in Diaz’s first career game as a head coach, Mandel thinks that things will at least be close.

“I’ll take the Gators, but I’ll take the ‘Canes to cover,” Mandel said. “Give me Florida, 19-14.”

To listen to the full podcast click, here.


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