The Florida Gators are the No. 6 team in the two major national polls, and may well be at that spot if the College Football Playoff rankings — set to come out for the first time in 2019 next week — were a thing at present.
Florida has beaten much of its schedule — which included a rare Power Five non-conference game away from home against Miami — convincingly, despite a slate of injuries.
And Florida, despite being an underdog to Georgia this weekend in Jacksonville, has a fan base as confident in its program as it has been in years.
And you know what? It’s okay to be confident right now.
It’s okay to think that Dan Mullen really is a good quarterbacks coach, even if he’s not an infallible one. Feleipe Franks improved considerably under his watch, and the little-regarded Kyle Trask has been excellent in his brief stint taking snaps.
It’s okay to think that Mullen is a wizard when it comes to play-calling and adapting his offense. Florida has morphed from a pass-first team to a run-first team in 2018 and back to a pass-first team in 2019, and has done so without any prominent whining for targets or other discord from players, who appear fully bought in to Mullen’s program.
It’s okay to think that Todd Grantham is a good defensive coordinator whose critics are largely remembering a few failures in past years and refusing to credit sustained and more recent success.
It’s okay to think Jonathan Greenard, Kadarius Toney, and Jabari Zuniga will be at full strength for this game.
It’s okay to think that Georgia is scuffling more than most are willing to concede.
It’s okay to think Florida is about to score the biggest win of a half-decade — or maybe a full one — and change the trajectory of its program for the better.
Nothing, right now, seems too unbelievable to believe.
And so this week is going to be fun.