The best programs in college football are those that find a way to be right in the middle of the BCS chase every season. Alabama is the school that immediately comes to mind. Nick Saban and the Tide have played in a BCS bowl to conclude four of the squad's past five seasons and won three national titles along the way.
This annual success represents the golden standard of the sport that every school strives to achieve.
Alabama may once again be on top of the mountain, but there are other teams in position to knock the Crimson Tide off the peak and establish their own footholds at the highest level.
One of those is the Florida Gators.
After a tumultuous two seasons immediately following the Tim Tebow era, the Gators took many by surprise and nearly made this past January's championship game. Some might be tempted to call Florida's 2012 success a fluke, but in reality there is reason for optimism in Gainesville. The current state of Gator football suggests that the team is ready to be a contender in seasons to come.
Here are four reasons why the Gators are in position to experience long-term success.