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With all the Gators have coming back in 2009, how can they not be the obvious No. 1 selection on this list?
I mean, not only do they get back the true beast and monster of college football in Tim Tebow, but they also return so many tough athletes on offense.
Oh, and they get back all 11 starters from it's amazing defense in 2008.
The Gators took one tough loss in 2008, a heart crushing 30-31 loss to Ole Miss early in the season.
After that tough loss, the man made of steel took it upon himself to lead the Gators to 10 straight wins, with six of those wins coming against top 25 teams, and two of them came against No. 1 ranked teams.
The Gators have returned so much, but they are also going to have to rely on other athletes to step up and take the place of the key departures of Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy.
The defense will be very, very solid. They get back all 11 starters and it's not every year a defense can do that, especially a team coming off the type of year this defense had. After giving up 31 points to Ole Miss in it's lone loss of the year, the most points the Gators gave up was 21 against LSU. Look for this defense to dominate just about every offense it goes up against outside of the BCS championship game.
Yes, I am going on the record and saying they are in the title game for the second straight year, and the third time in four years.
The Gators will have a very solid season in 2009. Tebow will contend for the Heisman, again, and the defense will hold strong and steady. Coach Urban Meyer has a heck of a recruiting class coming in, and more than enough talent coming back to have another strong year.
Florida will be a tough match up for any team next season, I don't care who it is.
This could be a special season for the Gators and head coach Urban Meyer, back-to-back national titles would be a nice addition to his already impressive resume.
Biggest Losses: Percy Harvin(WR), Kestahn Moore(RB), Louis Murphy(WR)
Best Returning: Tim Tebow(QB), Brandon Spikes(LB), Major Wright(DB)
Key Games: LSU, Georgia, Florida State
Top Recruits: Jelani Jenkins(LB), Andre Debose(WR), Gary Brown(DL)
2009 Predictions: 11-1(7-1 in SEC)