The Florida Gators had a poor outing in head coach Will Muschamp's first year on the job. The Gators were blown out by conference leaders Alabama and LSU and lost to bitter rivals Georgia, Florida State and South Carolina.
The lone bright spot was getting matched up against Ohio State in the Gator Bowl, a team that can't seem to top the SEC.
While times are changing in Columbus with the arrival of Urban Meyer, Gator fans are hoping for the change in Gainesville as well.
Fans gave Muschamp a year to get his feet wet, but that's about all the time he is going to get. With an easier schedule and 19 returning starters, the expectations for the Gators to bounce back in 2012 are about as high as possible.
While Muschamp's team will be returning more starters than most of the SEC teams, it's losing some key pieces. Chris Rainey, who was basically the entire offense in 2011, is gone along with Jeff Demps.
While the departures of Demps and Rainey will sorely be missed, other players will be easier to let go.
Quarterback John Brantley graduated after a roller-coaster ride in Gainesville and took his offensive guard, Dan Wenger, with him. After failing to live up to expectations, the speedy Deonte Thompson is out, which rounds out the losses on offense.
Defensively the Gators return an impressive 10 starters, only losing Jaye Howard up front.
After taking a year to initiate the new head coach and change over from the spread to the pro-style offense, the Gators are poised to strike in 2012. Improvement in Gainesville will have to begin in these four areas.