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.
No. 19: Clemson