Sunday, March 11, 2012
#25 Florida Gators
Yesterday on JOX GameDay OverTime we started our Top 25 of 2012. Coming in at Number 25 were the Florida Gators. The Gators will look to rebuild their offense losing Jonathan Brantley, Chris Rainey, and Jeff Demps but returning 7 starters. New Offensive Coordinator Brent Pease will try to institute a more pro style offense for the Gators after coming from Boise State. The Gators had the 89th ranked passing offense and the 73rd ranked rushing offense. Mike Gillislee is the returning rushing leader and will try to win the starting job as Spring Training comes around. Andre Debose will be the primary deep threat for the Gators that will try to improve upon a passing game that was 83rd in the nation. The quarterback battle will be between Jeff Driskell and Jacoby Brissett. Both saw action after Brantley was injured but neither really impressed the Gator faithful.
The defense for the Gators returns 10 of 11 starters but the depth behind them will have little to no experience. The Gator Defense was 8th in the nation in total defense and was one of the few highlights of the year for the Gators. The linebacking corps led by Jonathan Bostic will be one of the best in the nation and should allow the Gators to improve on their 40th ranked rushing defense. The Gators secondary has all 4 starters returning which will help to maintain one of the best passing defenses in the nation. The Gators finished 7th in the nation in passing defense and were only second to Alabama in the SEC.
Overall the Gators should improve upon their 7-6 record from 2011. I see the Gators going 8-4 with losses to Texas A&M, LSU, Vanderbilt, and Georgia. Will this improvement be enough progress for the Gator faithful? Only time will tell.