The pro American football teams in
Florida may be all the rage this Sunday but the Sunshine State’s powerhouse
football schools will have lots of attention on Saturday.
In the second week of the American
college football season, all of the major division one Florida schools face big
games. The Miami Hurricanes take on the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Florida Gators
face the University of South Florida Bulls and the Florida State Seminoles
battle the Oklahoma Sooners. Every contest has an impact on the journey towards
crowning a national champion with the Miami-Ohio State game showcasing teams in
the top 14 in the polls.
Interestingly Hurricane fans are
not confident the team will beat the Sooners. Among them is George “Teddy”
Hydes, who states the Gators are the favourites.
“Being a UM fan, I support the
Hurricanes first and foremost,” Hydes said. “But UF has the advantage and
should win this weekend. John Brantley for Florida must improve and the defence
needs to be good and keep USF off the field. They should be able to do that as
they have a point to prove from last weekend. Florida, regardless of the
school, is capable of good football. Remember, when it comes to position
players and athletes in general, Florida is the capital state.
“The FSU-OK game should be very
competitive. Oklahoma has a QB coming back who played last year and Christian
Ponder is a good QB for FSU. It all boils down to which QB steps up on
game-day. The UM-OSU game is simply about which defence can stop the opposing
A sizeable number of Gator fans
expect to crowd the various sports bars on island to see the likes of Brantley
battle B.J. Daniels and the Bulls. Among them is Jim Fraser, father of Cayman’s
Olympic swimming brothers Shaune and Brett Fraser.
“Florida has the best chance to win
this Saturday,” Fraser said. “USF is not a strong team and there’s not much
hype there. Our quarterback just has to get over his first game jitters and
show what he’s about. Miami is playing a ranked team and it should be a decent
game. I expect the stand-outs on Saturday to be Jacory Harris for Miami and
Brantley for Florida.”
Of the Floridian schools playing
this weekend, only the USF Bulls are not nationally ranked. The Gators have the
highest ranking at number eight, the Hurricanes come in at number 13 and the
Seminoles are number 17.
Hydes may have picked the Gators to
win this weekend but he’s sticking to the green and orange when it comes to the
Bowl Championship Series national championship picture.
“Miami has no excuses this year.
Playing in hostile territory is a problem as the side hasn’t been good in away
games lately. But UM have better chances, with their tough schedule, to be in
the national championship discussion if they win games. The team is a little
more mature and they know what they need to do to win. Maturity is a big thing
with QBs and Harris has that along with more experience. I think he should be
among the top five or 10 QBs in the country. People forget after the first
couple weeks last year he was a Heisman contender. I think he knows now the
season is much longer than three weeks.”
Ultimately Fraser, who sent both of
his two sons to Florida, has his trust in the Gators. In spite of Tim Tebow’s
absence he feels Florida can be one of the top teams in the South Eastern
“I’m a Gator so I think Florida
will up there in the end. It will be close between us and the Hurricanes but
I’m putting money on Florida. Tebow was one of the players lost. But we still
have Urban Meyer as head coach and we still have many guys who will develop in
time. Our first game was horrible so we have to lot to make up for this season.
Will we beat Alabama? That’s a different story, time will tell. Most of the
starters are coming back with Julio Jones, Mark Ingram (the reigning Heisman
trophy winner) and McElroy at QB.”