Asmussen's Top 50: No. 18 Florida

Asmussen's Top 50: No. 18 Florida

Bob Asmussen offers up the next team on his Top 50 countdown this fall.

No. 18: Florida

Coach: Will Muschamp    

2013 record: 4-8

Projected 2014 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Sept. 20 at Alabama

Why No. 18: You look at last year’s awful record and you can’t believe it. How did the Gators sink so low? How did the once-proud program become an also-ran in the SEC? The guess here is it was more of a hiccup than a permanent condition. Kurt Roper takes over the offense and he hopes to have a healthy Jeff Driskel throwing passes and handing off all season. Kelvin Taylor, son of former star running back Fred Taylor, is the likely feature back. The receivers should be better and the line welcomes back two starters. On defense, seven starters are back. Muschamp is desperate for a better pass rush after the Gators finished near the bottom of the SEC in sacks last season. Former News-Gazette All-Stater Antonio Morrison has star potential at linebacker. He is coming back from a knee injury that ended his season early. The schedule is wicked, with games against Alabama. LSU, Missouri and Georgia at the start of the SEC season. And the Gators have to close the season at No. 1 Florida State, which hammered them in the 2013 finale.

Previous rankings
No. 19: Clemson

No. 20: Texas Tech

No. 21: Southern Cal

No. 22: Mississippi

No. 23: Nebraska

No. 24: Texas

No. 25: Michigan

No. 26: Kansas State

No. 27: Washington

No. 28: Missouri

No. 29: Louisville

No. 30: TCU

No. 31: Iowa

No. 32: Mississippi State

No. 33: Northwestern

No. 34 Maryland

No. 35: BYU

No. 36: Oregon State

No. 37: Miami

No. 38: Cincinnati

No. 39: Pitt

No. 40: Duke

No. 41: Georgia Tech

No. 42: Marshall

No. 43: Arizona State

No. 44: Arizona

No. 45: Boise State

No. 46: Fresno State

No. 47: Penn State

No. 48: Virginia Tech

No. 49: Oklahoma State

No. 50: Illinois