There are five days until Florida's September 1 opener with Bowling Green. There are 46 entries left in the 100 For 100 series. Buddy Ryan. Phrases of text that mean nothing.
Bill Connelly's final advanced stats preview of the year has been published, and it's a good one: Florida's preview is finally up. It's more positive than negative, as you can tell from this passage right here, snipped from the bottom.
I admit that I sometimes get sucked into what teams look like on paper. I have for teams like Texas A&M this year, and I most certainly did with Florida last year. But while I'm not going to make any "I wouldn't be surprised if this team competes for the national title" proclamations this time around, I have to say it wouldn't surprise me if the Gators were to compete for the East title. They get South Carolina, LSU and Missouri at home, and the best SEC team they play on the road is either Texas A&M or Tennessee. (They play Georgia in Jacksonville, obviously.) That's manageable, even if only some of the former blue-chippers on the roster begin to fulfill potential.
We'll be returning to this throughout the day, but I really enjoyed reading this and I feel better about being bullish than I did before.