The Gators closed last year out on a disappointing note. However, outside of the losses to LSU and Alabama the Gators looked impressive in the SEC. Some of that can stem back to the coaching and the level of intensity that Dan Mullen brings to the field to head up the Gators.
Emory Jones finally gets a chance to shine in the offense for Florida. Now, the downside is Jones is a step down from last years Hesiman Candidate and that could hurt the offensive potential from Florida. The offense does get some balance on the season with 3 running backs that could easily lead to the Gators keeping teams off balance and open up the potential play action game or even a run pass option.
Zachary Carter is coming in as the top prospect to rush the quarterback. However, that could definitely be a major problem here as the defensive situation last year was dismal for the Gators and now the Gators are going to try to improve on that aspect of game play and that is definitely more of a challenge than what the Florida team has faced since World War II.
The special teams for Florida is fairly solid. The kicker is one that was fairly accurate last year. However, the punting is looking to have some good improvement as well with an Australian player taking over the duties. The return game should be good, but it can be questionable at times.
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The SEC will be very competitive this year and the Gators do have a good offense. The offense for the Gators will have to continue to score as the defense will still be adjusting to the program for the defense. Look for the defense to continue to struggle in some of the games here and that will make it harder to see the Gators winning some of the bigger games, but Florida faces enough small teams this year that the win total should go over. Florida Gators win total over 8 wins.