Imagine if you will:
An offensive line that features an All-American center, extremely underrated offensive line, two running backs with a combined 1,200+ yards on the ground, two quarterbacks with proven playmaking capabilities—one with a talented arm, and a pure pocket presence, the other with a more Option-style capability with excellent legs.
Now add to the fold a new head coach that has been heralded as an "offensive blessing" to his team.
Your heart may be thinking, "...well that's the 2006 Gators squad," but your mind should be saying, "...man FSU's going to be pretty good this year."
After struggling to a 6-6 regular season finish, FSU should not even be worthy of a look in the rear-view mirror—especially not in February, right?
After hauling in a top ten recruiting class on the quick implementation of a completely overhauled staff in Tallahassee, FSU is already turning heads by most experts.
With less than one month of on-board experience for most of Jimbo Fisher's revamped staff, Tallahassee is already buzzing with exuberance at the possibility that FSU may already be back.
Indications would suggest the 7-6 squad from 2009 would have no shot at breaking through against the Gators' current six game win streak—but as fate may have it, FSU is no longer a team in transition, and Florida is.
With Meyer's recent waffle on retirement, and several cogs of the 2008/2009 squads all now departed to other opportunities, Florida is again a very young team that will need to rely heavily on freshmen at skill positions.
FSU, on the other hand, has a Maxwell Award semifinalist in Christian Ponder who has fully adapted to Jimbo Fisher's complex offensive scheme, alongside a very talented and capable backup with starting experience in EJ Manuel.
If Mark Stoops, Darin Eliot and Greg Hudson can get the FSU Defense in shape in 2010, there is no reason that FSU can't hang with any school in the country.
While this may not come as a shock to those who have closely watched the developments over the last few months in Tallahassee, many Gator faithful will likely chastise this homer-like call.
Well chastise away, because for the first time in nearly a decade, FSU looks like the team with all the pieces in place, the talented guy under center, and the new head coach being heralded by experts.
UF on the other hand, looks like a team capable of losing to many of it's upcoming opponents—maybe not all 10, but we can only wait and see.