Key stretch: at Alabama (Oct. 2), LSU (Oct. 9), Mississippi State (Oct. 16), vs. Georgia (Oct. 30).
Prediction: Given the way the Gators have won the last few seasons, you know they fully expect to be 4-0 coming out of this stretch, and if they are, they’ll be in great shape to claim one of those top two spots in the BCS standings. Winning at Alabama is a tall order, which makes 3-1 more likely. This should also be Georgia’s best shot to take down the Gators since the Bulldogs’ infamous end zone dance in 2007. At the end of the day, a 3-1 record should be enough to steer the Gators back to Atlanta for a third straight year. Anybody taking bets that Alabama and Florida meet twice this season? The last time that happened was 1999, and Alabama won both times.