1. College Football News Preview 2020: Florida Gators Win Total Prediction, What Will Happen
It seems like a million years ago now, but the 2017 Florida Gators went 4-7.
At the time, the prevailing thought was that the program just needed some tweaking and not a total overhaul when Dan Mullen took over for Jim McElwain, and that was certainly true with 21 wins along with two major bowl victories in his first two seasons.
But McElwain got Florida to the SEC Championship in 2015 and 2016.
Welcome to life in the SEC. You can be really, really fantastic and have absolute jack-squat to show for it.
Oh sure, winning an Orange Bowl and a Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl so far under Mullen weren’t without their charm, but it’s not like going to the College Football Playoff – which Florida has never been to – and it’s not like at least playing for the SEC title.
There’s no question that Mullen and Florida have been phenomenal – there’s NO beef with two straight double-digit win campaigns – but he has to bust through the hard ceiling.
He has the team and the schedule in place to do it.
Set The Florida Gators Regular Season Win Total At … 8
This isn’t a perfect team. It needs several receivers to step up, the offensive line has to be stronger, and the defensive line could use the young parts to be great, but it’s as rock-solid in every way as any team in the country.
There’s no Alabama on the schedule like Georgia has to deal with – and that’s on the road – and not playing Auburn this year could be a big deal.
There’s the annual date against LSU, but at least that’s in Gainesville. The SEC road games? At Tennessee, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt. Even with a trip to Texas A&M that wasn’t on the original slate, all things considered, that’s as manageable as it gets in the SEC.
Assume a split against LSU and Georgia, and assume a misfire somewhere – like the Missouri loss in 2018 – but don’t dismiss the idea that the Gators might just be good enough to grind their way through all the way to Atlanta.