If you take away a couple of turnovers in Jacksonville, the Florida Gators could be playing for a national championship this season. But that's not how things work under the BCS.
However, a four-team playoff is right around the corner. The playoff system will use a committee, similar to the committees that choose the men's and women's college basketball tournaments, to choose the best four teams in the country. Those teams will then play in a semifinal with the winners meeting later to play for the National Championship.
If we had a playoff system this season, Florida would have undoubtedly been selected by the committee. Florida had the most impressive résumé of any team in the country and finished ranked No. 3 in the BCS.
For the sake of argument, we will assume that the top four teams in the final BCS standing were selected to play in a four-game playoff. That would pit Florida against Alabama in one semifinal and Oregon against Notre Dame in the other.
Are the Gators good enough to match up against the likes of Alabama, Notre Dame and Oregon? Absolutely. This slideshow will give you the top five reasons why the Florida Gators could win a four-team playoff this season.