Florida State was supposed to contend for a national championship.

 

Florida was supposed to at least be in the mix for a third SEC East title in a row.

The two schools may now meet each other in Gainesville on Nov. 25 needing a victory to get bowl-eligible.

As Captain Jack Sparrow once noted, “funny old world, isn’t it?”

Pick 6 thinks the Seminoles and Gators have something left in the tank. Despite injuries that have plagued both teams and suspensions that have further thinned out UF’s depth, they’re still better than most of the teams left on the schedule and P6 thinks they’re better than the teams they’re playing on Saturday.

UF and FSU have very good athletes and better coaching than their cranky fan bases want to believe. Yeah, it’s tough to know that your team likely isn’t going to win a conference championship and we know for certain neither will have a shot at making the College Football Playoff (well, if the Gators run the regular-season table and beat Alabama in the SEC championship, yeah, sure. But let’s now get crazy now).

But as a noted PGA Tour winner once mentioned to P6 after a wayward drive, an even more off-line second shot, a chunky chip followed by three putts on a par-4, “sometimes double bogey is the best score you’re going to make.”

And sometimes the TaxSlayer Bowl is the best post-season game to which you’ll be invited.

Speaking of the best, P6 is feeling pretty confident at the mid-point of the season. Last week’s 5-1 record swelled the season mark to 28-8 (.778) under the format of picking six games each week in which the winner is favored by 10 points or less.

Let the second half begin:

Florida 27, Texas A&M 23: Lost in the noise about the Aggies leading the SEC in sacks and negative plays is the fact that all too often, when they’re not tackling someone behind the line of scrimmage, the runner or receiver is off and running to the end zone. Texas A&M has given up 14 plays of 25 yards or longer, six of them 40 yards or longer. If the Gators limit the big plays, the job gets easier.

FSU 26, Duke 10: The Seminoles are 19-0 against the Blue Devils, the only ACC team to never beat FSU. Not gonna happen here.

Auburn 31, LSU 14: Vegas says Aubie is laying 6.5. Jump on that. LSU won’t sustain last week’s mo.

Oklahoma 34, Texas 27: The Sooners are 0-4 against the spread in the last four games against the ‘Horns and they might struggle to match the 7.5 points they’re spotting UT. P6 likes Okie but has a queasy feeling that this might be a very under-achieving team.

Michigan 30, Indiana 13: The Wolverines have beaten the Hoosiers 21 games in a row and need a whipping boy after yet another loss to Sparty last week.

Georgia Tech 24, Miami 21: P6 has a gut feeling that the Hurricanes will finally lay an egg at home against the Yellow Jackets, who should be rested and ready (this is their third game in 32 days) while the ‘Canes have some injury issues after a physical game against Florida State last week. Miami will have two starters out in the secondary — not that Tech passes the ball a whole lot but UM also is down 1,000-yard back Mark Walton, so beating the Jackets at the ball-control game isn’t likely.