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Will Muschamp is fighting for his coaching life at Florida. If the Gators aren’t significantly more competitive than they’ve been the last three years, this will be the end of the line for the animated Muschamp. Unfortunately for him, if the Gators finish at the predicted 7-5 with losses to Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State, it probably won’t be enough. On top of that, this team is dealing with massive turnover and uncertainty at several key positions.
The Gators did a good job of sneaking up on the rest of the SEC in 2012. They’ll sneak up on no one this season. Florida successfully made the transition back to a pro-style team from the spread-option attack of Urban Meyer’s staff, in part by getting back to tough, fundamental football. The 2013 Florida team will have to rebuild its defense and find playmakers on offense now that several important, long-time veterans have moved on to the NFL. Florida will need to lean on its defense, especially early in the year.Continue reading …
After a week of hearing about how Florida was new and improved, Alabama put an old-style beatdown on the Gators, in their own backyard, and it could have been much worse – especially if the field officials had correctly ruled on John Brantley’s fumble at the end of the first half.Continue reading …
It will take Muschamp a couple of years to fully transition Florida from a spread-option team to a pro set team in personnel terms. The Gators’ current running backs are not ideally suited to running his offense. But Florida is on much firmer ground than it was when the 2010 season closed.Continue reading …
Will Muschamp takes over for 2011 has a first-time head coach, which typically means a steep learning curve in the SEC. The Gators still have QB questions, there’s a dearth of playmakers on offense and the defense is basically being rebuilt.Continue reading …