Florida Gators College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
It’s so hard to look back on the 2020 Florida season and remember what a wild success it was, but it really was a tremendous year.
First of all, remember that the program is three years removed from going 4-7 – going 21-5 under Dan Mullen has been exactly the turnaround everyone hoped for.
Of course the 8-4 record was disappointing, but the first loss came on the road in a 41-38 battle against a Texas A&M team that probably should’ve been in the College Football Playoff.
The LSU loss just before the SEC Championship was a flat-out gag, but those four and five-star guys on the other side could play a little, too. And then came the epic firefight with Alabama in a whale of an SEC title game – by the way, don’t blow off that the Gators got to Atlanta.
But for all of the greatness and positives so far under Mullen, Florida has yet to get to a College Football Playoff and hasn’t won the SEC Championship since the current Jacksonville Jaguar head coach and star backup tight end were rocking and rolling in Gainesville.
This year’s team has the potential and talent to at least get close. It might be asking a lot to be on the doorstep of the CFP, but there’s enough in place to hope for another big run.
Alabama is Alabama – it’s not fair to compare anything to what that monster is doing – but with a few breaks, the 2021 Gators have as good a shot as anyone else in the conference at being in the SEC Championship mix.
Set The Florida Gators Regular Season Win Total At … 9
The defense won’t be nearly as mediocre. There’s too much talent and depth on the front seven, too many promising parts in the secondary, and the glitches will be fixed.
No, the offense won’t be the wild and crazy passing fun show of last year, but the backfield has a ridiculous abundance of talented RBs, the receivers will be solid, and QB Emory Jones should be ready to rise up and be a new college football star.
Even so, the Gators have to host Alabama, they have to go to LSU – who’s going to be a whole lot stronger this year – and they have the annual battle with Georgia. Those are the big three, and there can’t be letdowns on the road at Kentucky, South Carolina or Missouri.
But the team will be good enough to pull off at least one win in those three big games, and they should be strong enough to roll through the rest of the slate if everything is working right.
Start with the expectations at winning at least ten games for the third time in four seasons under Mullen, but go ahead and hope for more.