Florida has obviously lost a lot of talent from last year's squad, so its rivals will have to capitalize on the lack of experience to take down the Gators.
Here are the biggest areas the rivals will look to exploit:
Quarterback: John Brantley replaces Tim Tebow.
Tebow was one of the game's biggest emotional leaders in quite some time. He also provided a bruising running style not associated with the quarterback position.
Tebow was a legend, but Brantley is no slouch. He has the prototypical arm that scouts drool over and will transition this Florida offense into a more wide-open attack.
The biggest question is how he will respond from an experience and leadership standpoint.
Tight End: Jordan Reed/Omarius Hines replace Aaron Hernandez
Word is the Gators are giving WR Hines a shot at playing tight end. He stands 6'2" and weighs 220, with a sub-4.4 40-yard dash.
Reed has also seen time at tight end. He was recruited as a quarterback.
Both of these guys provide some athleticism, but it remains to be seen if they can be the next Hernandez, who was the ultimate safety valve for Florida.
Teams will probably have a much easier time shutting down these guys than they did Hernandez.
Defensive Line: The unit is stacked with incoming talent, but because they are all freshmen, there is no telling how long it will take for any or all of them to make an impact.
They will have to replace Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham.
Omar Hunter and Justin Trattou will have to step up huge to usher in the new era.
Linebacker: Brandon Spikes and Ryan Stamper are gone.
A.J. Jones and Brandon Hicks have solidified their starting roles. The battle for middle linebacker is neck-and-neck between Jon Bostic and Janoris Jenkins.
All of these guys have talent, but their transition will be key to the defense's success.
The Secure Areas: Though it is debatable which of the previous areas will become strengths (or weaknesses), these are the positions that will undoubtedly be fine for Florida.
The offensive line returns four starters and Mike Pouncey will replace his brother at center.
The defensive backs showcase Will Hill, Ahmad Black and Janoris Jenkins. This could be one of the strongest areas of the team, with DB guru Teryl Austin as new defensive coordinator.
The running backs return key weapons Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey (who will see a lot of time in the slot), Emmanuel Moody, and Mike Gillislee. With Tebow gone, these guys will get their chance to shine.
2011 and beyond: The reason this season will be key is Florida's highly touted recruiting class will have a year under its belt, as will Brantley as a starter.
The time is now for Florida's rivals to pounce on a transitional period.
Here's a look at what they have to do.