How Good ARE the Gators?

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Florida Gators
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The Florida Gators could win the SEC East.

Of course, they could finish 5th in the six-team division.

The Gators could win the SEC championship and play in a BCS bowl game. Perhaps even the BCS Championship Game.

The Gators might not qualify for any bowl game or sneak into the Music City Bowl.

Not since the start of the 1990 season – Coach Steve Spurrier’s first in Gainesville – have there been so many questions about the Gators.

Personally, the unknowns make me more interested in the Gators at this point than I’ve been since Spurrier’s head coaching debut in Orange and Blue. I realize the vast majority of Gators think they prefer the seasons when the Gators are talking national championship, but, really, isn’t this year’s anticipation of the upcoming season exciting? At least, intriguing?

New coach Will Muschamp has added to the intrigue by keeping Gator practices more secure than a Chiefs of Staff meeting at the Pentagon. “Maybe we’ll run the wildcat,” he joked last week. At least I think he was joking. I don’t know which was more shocking: Muschamp joking or hinting about how the Gators might line up on offense.

Indeed, most people who follow college football think the Gators will be pretty solid on defense. Even with the loss of star cornerback Jarnoris “Pothead” Jenkins, the Gators are loaded with size, speed and a bunch of blue chip recruits. Defense, of course, also is Muschamp’s strength.

Offensively, who knows what to expect? Last season the Gators were horrible, alternating three quarterbacks and being as predictable as summer showers in Florida. It appears certain that Gator fans will see something brand new on offense even if the same players suit up. Muschamp hired offensive whiz Charlie Weis to completely overhaul the offense. It’s assumed he’ll install a pro-style attack, featuring a power running game and down field passes.

But not even Weis can make chicken salad out of chicken poop and therein lays the mystery to the 2011 season. Can quarterback John Brantley resurrect his once promising career? Can a gang of good athletes become effective wide receivers? Can Trey Burton be true power runner?

Florida Atlantic, the Gators’ season opening opponent, offers little resistance. Indeed, if the Gators struggle against FAU, then the Music City Bowl might be a reach.

Most Gators I know are worried. I’m excited.

I wouldn’t be shocked if Florida goes 11-1. Yeah, I can see Florida winning at either LSU or South Carolina. Alabama and Florida State games are at the Swamp.

A 5-7 record wouldn’t surprise me either. The Gators have three “gimmes” and they’ve got to be more talented than Vanderbilt. Winning at Kentucky can be expected, but the Gators could lose the rest.

Interesting. . . intriguing . . . the unknown factors . . . I’m loving it and actually excited about Saturday’s opener.


  1. Clip Hopkins says:

    It is refreshing to hear a talking head admit that he doesn’t know something. I agree, we have to wait and see.
    If the Guru doesn’t know nobody knows.

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