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Record at Florida: 22-16
The gap between Will Muschamp and every other coach on this list is virtually immeasurable.
Muschamp opens this season fighting for his job after 2013 went completely off the rails.
How bad did it get in Gainesville last year? The Gators lost their final seven games, including home losses to Vanderbilt and FCS Georgia Southern.
If losing to Georgia Southern wasn’t bad enough, rival Florida State then thumped Florida by 30 points at The Swamp to close the season.
Florida fans’ ire necessitated athletic director Jeremy Foley standing behind Muschamp, declaring even before the Florida State game that the coach would be back for the 2014 season.
As bad as it got last year, the Gators still finished fifth in the division—ahead of Tennessee and Kentucky.
Florida has built its reputation on winning championships, though—not staying out of division basements.
The program likely doesn’t need to win the SEC championship or even the SEC East in 2014 for Muschamp to keep his job. The Gators probably need to bounce back and contend for the division, ultimately reaching a decent bowl game.
Winning in 2014 should come easier than it did a year ago.
Jeff Driskel is back for his senior season. Florida’s season only fell apart after Driskel, who helped the Gators reach the Sugar Bowl in 2012, suffered a season-ending leg injury.
In addition, Kurt Roper comes in from Duke to transform Florida’s dull, vanilla offense. It won’t likely remind anyone of the offense Urban Meyer and Dan Mullen fielded before, but it also probably won’t close in on records of futility.
Furthermore, Muschamp’s defense remained a strength even in the face of debilitating injuries and a depressingly bad offense.
Look for Florida to bounce back in 2014.
The question is: Will the Gators win enough games to save Muschamp’s job?