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2012 record: 11-2
2012 record in games decided by seven or fewer points: 3-0
Florida had a huge letdown in the Sugar Bowl against Louisville, waiting until far too late to mount any semblance of a comeback.
Part of that could have been due to a letdown after the Gators had come close enough to the BCS title game to taste it. Had Notre Dame lost to USC, there was a chance that the Gators would have been invited to play against Alabama for the crystal football.
What actually happened was Florida tried to come back against Teddy Bridgewater with the nation's 118th-ranked passing attack. Obviously, that didn't happen.
On the bright side, Florida won every close game that it played. While the Gators lost to Georgia during the 2012 regular season, they overcame their self-induced adversity quite well.
Florida looks good to win at least 10 in 2013, despite losing the following players to the NFL: Sharrif Floyd (No. 1 DT), Matt Elam (No. 1 SS), Jordan Reed (No. 6 TE), Jon Bostic (No. 4 ILB) and Josh Evans (No. 8 FS).
The loss of Caleb Sturgis (No. 2 K) will be devastating to the special teamst, but he's replaceable. Florida had the country's No. 5 scoring defense in 2012. The 2013 season won't be won or lost by the defense; it will hinge on the play quarterback.
The defense made up for the lack of passing attack in 2012, but you're not supposed to make it to the Sugar Bowl without an aerial assault.
The quarterback situation should be much better in 2013, whether it's incumbent starter Jeff Driskel or a newcomer. And if that is the case, the Gators will reel off another 10-win season or better.