1. Florida has arrived under Dan Mullen
Florida really wasn’t that bad under Jim McElwain.
After all, he did take the program to two straight SEC Championship appearances, but the offense was a flop, the 4-7 2017 season was awful, and the program needed a change.
Dan Mullen worked magic at Mississippi State, with one of his most nationally underappreciated positives being his work in bowl games. The Bulldogs went 5-2 under his reign – at least before laving early for the Florida gig – and now, with this win, he has turbo-charged the Gator program.
It’s the first ten-win season since 2015, it’s the program’s first win over Michigan, and it’s the first New Year’s Six-caliber bowl victory since the end of the Tebow era, whacking around Cincinnati in the 2010 Sugar.
Yeah, the Gators lost to Kentucky, but they beat Tennessee, got past LSU, destroyed Florida State, beat South Carolina, and won their last four games to close out the season and set the tone for a big offseason of hype.