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Florida coach Jim McElwain is looking to lead the Gators to a third straight SEC Championship Game.

Athlon Sports writers give their predictions for the Florida football season

Welcome to another installment of Good Morning, Gators, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering Florida athletics with beat writer Jordan McPherson. Here’s a look at what you might have missed on Thursday:

Athlon Sports writers give game-by-game predictions

A crew of five Athlon Sports writers on Thursday gave their game-by-game predictions for Florida football’s 2017 season. Four writers pegged the Gators to go 8-4 in the regular season; the fifth — Rob McVey — has Florida finishing with a 9-3 record.

The group came to a consensus on nine of the 12 games. All five writers were unanimous about seven wins (Northern Colorado, Tennessee, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Missouri and UAB) and two losses (Georgia and Florida State). The remaining three games — Michigan, LSU and South Carolina — were split.

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In other Florida football news

Swimming: Caeleb Dressel becoming a household name

Florida senior and Olympic medalist Caeleb Dressel’s domination in the pool seems to be just getting started. On Thursday, he earned his first individual gold medal at the 2017 FINA Championships — and third gold medal overall — after shattering his own American record in the 100-meter freestyle (47.17 seconds). Associated Press writer Paul Newberry writes that Dressel is part of an uprising of young American male swimmers.

Gators golf at the Canadian Open

Matt Every, one of five former Gators golfers competing in the Canadian Open, is in a five-way tie for first place after shooting a 7 under 65 in the opening round on Thursday.

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What they’re saying on Twitter

Coach Jim McElwain:

Offensive lineman T.J. McCoy:

Class of 2018 4-star offensive lineman and Florida target William Barnes:

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