After a 2011 schedule during which they only won six regular-season games, the Florida Gators entered their 2012 campaign with a lot to prove. Facing one of the country's toughest lineups of both conference and non-conference opponents, they needed to overcome inexperienced quarterback play and a perceived absence of defensive toughness in order to once again be considered a legitimate threat.
They did exactly that, as they won 11 games and earned their second Sugar Bowl berth in four years.
After this successful BCS run, expectations are through the roof in Gainesville. Even though many key defensive pieces either graduated or left early for the NFL, Gator fans still expect their team to be competing for a national championship during the upcoming season. Armed with dual-threat quarterback Jeff Driskel and one of the country's best recruiting classes, head coach Will Muschamp is looking to take the squad one step further this fall.
But will the Gators be able to survive another rough SEC schedule?
Here are early predictions for each of Florida's regular-season contests in 2013.