College Football 2013 Top 25 Preview: No. 10 Florida Gators

By Ty Duffy

2012 Recap: Not for the aesthete, but it worked. Florida finished 90th in yards per play offense. They countered that by having the 4th best yards per play defense, ending up 8th in turnover margin and going 4-1 in one-score games. Finishing 11-1 in the regular season, they were, potentially, a Jarvis Jones strip away from a shot at the SEC title. Beating four of the SRS Top 15, they amassed what may have been the most impressive regular season resumé in the country. Against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, they played like a team that would rather have been somewhere else.

Offense: Florida last saw one in 2009. The Gators have a deep and experienced offensive line (albeit with injury concerns). The jury is out everywhere else. There is no proven, competent contributor at receiver. Mike Gillislee is gone. The best thing they did offensively last year was run Jeff Driskel. With so little depth at QB, they may not be able to do that.

How does Florida get better? Since the Gators can’t bring in anyone else to #COMEPLAYWRFORTHEJOKER until 2014…They need big sophomore RB Matt Jones to debut strong as a starter. They need to get better at mundane things. Florida was 111th in sacks allowed, 90th in third down conversions and 96th in Red Zone touchdown rate. Just being average (or not horrific) in those categories would yield substantial improvement.