It’s all relative.
Coming off the 41-15 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl stomping of Michigan and the four-game winning streak to close out the 2018 season, Florida will likely ranked in everyone’s top 15, or possibly top ten.
Dan Mullen has a terrific team returning. The offense has better quarterback situation – Feleipe Franks is a decent veteran, and Emory Jones has stepped it up this offseason – all of the top receivers return, the secondary will be among the nation’s best, and the lines should come together quickly.
But it’s just that sort of hype that’s the problem.
Is Florida going to be a disappointment if it doesn’t get into the College Football Playoff? No, but it has to get close to winning the SEC East title and needs to at least hit the ten-win mark again, and that’s going to be difficult.
Starting out against Miami in Orlando to kick things off is dangerous. The road game at Kentucky is scary. Tennessee is better. Auburn is better. Florida State is better. Georgia is a killer again. Going to LSU is an issue, having to make the trip to Missouri in mid-November could be cold, and having to play at South Carolina is a landmine.
Florida is good enough to win any and all of those games, but can it go at least 7-2 against that brutal, brutal run? Yeah, but the body blows add up – it’s why playing in the SEC as opposed to, say, the American Athletic Conference, matters.
Against this slate, another 9-3 regular season would be great by almost any reasonable standard.
But Florida is good enough again to be judged by unreasonable standards.