Third in a series leading up to fall camps brings us to the Land of Tebow.
11-2 (7-1) in 2012
Synopsis: IMHO, the Gators overachieved in 2012. They handled Johnny Manziel early in the season. They upset LSU and crushed South Carolina. Their two losses (UGA and Louisville) were heart-stompers. Coach Will Muschamp lost some key defenders (see below) as well as workhorse running back Mike Gillislee. But expect Florida to be a solid team in 2013-14. The offense will rely heavily on the arm of Jeff Driskel. Can Trey Burton finally get back to the hype that surrounded him in 2010?
Key Losses: ILB Jon Bostic, FS Matt Elam, FS Josh Evans, DT Sharrif Floyd, RB Mike Gillislee, OLB Jelani Jenkins, TE Jordan Reed
Key Returners: QB Jeff Driskel, C Jonotthan Harrison, FB Trey Burton, CB/WR Loucheiz Purifoy, CB Marcus Roberson, DE Dominique Easley
Newcomers: LB Alex Anzalone, DB Vernon Hargreaves III, DJ Durkin promoted to Defensive Coordinator, Joker Phillips as Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach
Jeff Driskel and the Gators hope to bounce back from the Sugar Bowl disaster.
8/31/13 Toledo (Gainesville, FL) - This ain't your daddy's Toledo (9-4 in 2012)! Doesn't matter – Win
9/7/13 Miami (Miami Gardens, FL) - The Canes are still hurtin' - Win
9/21/13 Tennessee (Gainesville, FL) - There's not much reason to think the Vols can take this game - Win
9/28/13 Kentucky (Lexington, KY) - New coach, same Wildcats - Win
10/5/13 Arkansas (Gainesville, FL) - Pigs still in pain - Win
10/12/13 LSU (Baton Rouge, LA) - This is a key game at a key moment for Florida's 2013 season. Home field advantage results in a Loss
10/19/13 Missouri (Columbia, MO) - Win
11/2/13 Georgia (Jacksonville, FL) - I cannot understand why UGA continues to agree to play this annual "neutral site" game in Jacksonville. The Dawgs have won the last two but expect the Gators to exact some revenge. In a close one - Win
11/9/13 Vanderbilt (HC) (Gainesville, FL) - Win
11/16/13 South Carolina (Columbia, SC) - Another tough road test. Another tough road Loss
11/23/13 Georgia Southern (Gainesville, FL) - Win
11/30/13 Florida State (Gainesville, FL) - I'm just not feeling it, 'Noles - Win
Let's go Bowling! Yeppers, possible BCS bowl but not the big one.