A majority of the offense is gone. A huge part of the defense is gone. Charlie Strong is off to try it on his own. Oh yeah, and Tim Tebow has replaced his Gator Blue with Bronco Orange. Can the news get any worse for the Gators' quest to win another National Championship?
Yes...they have Alabama on their schedule this year.
Now if there is anyone who can make a quarterback a superstar, it's Urban Meyer. He made Alex Smith into a first round draft pick.
He molded Chris Leak into a NC-winning quarterback. He made Tim Tebow into a household name, a Heisman history maker and a National Champion. So can he do this again with John Brantley?
Honestly, Urban and the Gators just want to punch Alabama and anyone who gets in their way in the mouth after the SEC Championship Game.
Following Florida's decimation of Cincinnati, their attention returned to Alabama and the thought that they will have to lock horns with each other with one of them most likely playing for the National Championship.
Now Florida can still boast that they are the only team out of the SEC to win the National Championship twice in the past four years. And while LSU and 'Bama have themselves one, Florida is eyeing a third and the SEC's fifth straight National Crown.
But for the Gators, this isn't about rebuilding...it's about returning to glory.
For Florida, it means taking out the powerhouses of Division I and Division II. Namely, South Florida, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Appalachian State and Florida State.
Can it get any worse for the Gators? Yes....they have to prove that it wasn't just Tim Tebow or Brandon Spikes that won those games for them.
Key 2010-11 Games: vs. South Florida (9/11), @Tennessee (9/18), @ Alabama (10/2), vs. LSU (10/9), vs. Georgia (10/30), vs. Appalachian State (11/20), @ Florida State (11/27)