The Gators will start year six of SEC play during the Urban Meyer era just like they've started off years one through five, 2–0 and ranked in the top 10. The Gators shook off a slow start to crush the Bulls 38–14.
This win was not a disappointment, despite what poll voters may think. Florida dropped from seventh to tenth in the AP poll and from sixth to seventh in the coaches' poll. The drop isn't a big deal, but it is odd that a better win against USF nets the same result as a win over the 1–11 MACupcake (who won their division opener against Eastern Michigan–SWEET VALIDATION!).
The Gators are still looking for an offensive identity and struggle at times, but they have settled into at least a temporary power/I Form/Big 10 type running team. This makes the spread offense fan in me weep, but when life hands you the worst option quarterback since Dan Marino, you make your lemonade by turning into Iowa.
Still, there were more than enough good performances to round out a solid top 10 list. The Gators weren't anywhere near perfect, but the improvements made should be enough reason to turn off panic mode and resume normal Florida expectations.