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Predictions for November 22nd, 2014
Well, it didn't take long for the D3 world to be shaken up, did it? And D2, come to think of it.

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Posted on 11/21/2014 11:18:25 AM

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Well, it didn't take long for the D3 world to be shaken up, did it? And D2, come to think of it.

Last week Sarasota took a second straight loss, this one on the road to Brevard, leaving them at 1-2 and possibly on the brink of playoff elimination already in mid-November.

Also, Daytona went to Tallahassee and knocked off the Conquistadors. Better to be a good D3 team than a terrible D2 team, I guess!

And then in D2, Jacksonville went on the road and knocked off state finalists from last year, Tampa Krewe, 29-10.

The craziness has begun!

But let's be realistic for a moment here, there is still a long way to go. And with six legitimate title contenders in D3 this season rather than the 3 or 4 it's been in previous years, a few teams are likely to knock each other off here and there, meaning Sarasota isn't out of it with two losses, but really might have to win out to avoid missing the playoffs. Three losses could be a killer.

A quiet Saturday this week is followed by Thanksgiving, and then things really get going in December. I hope everyone enjoys their break and that everyone but the front rows doesn't eat too much.


Tallahassee (1-1) at Gainesville (3-0) - A win for the Hogs here would put them at 4-0 with half their games played, although they would still have Palm Beach, Daytona and Brevard still to play, so their record is a little misleading. Tallahassee took a close home loss to the Coconuts last weekend, and won't want to drop two in a row heading into the break. I expect a close contest in this one, with the Hogs narrowly pulling out the home win. The Conquistadors certainly have what it takes to cause an upset, however. Gainesville 28, Tallahassee 25

Last Week: 2-3



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