The Florida Gators are a program on the rise, and Dan Mullen has the Gators playing their best football after upsetting No. 5 LSU.
Mullen’s coaching staff combined with his play-calling ability is working wonders in Gainesville. Florida looks like a completely different (and well-coached) team under Mullen than it did under Jim McElwain’s leadership.
Florida sits 5-1, with its only loss to Kentucky, who’s still ranked in the top 25. With back-to-back wins against ranked opponents, everyone is asking whether Florida can push Georgia for the SEC East down the stretch. Of course, that question will ultimately be answered in Jacksonville.
Looking into the crystal ball, here’s what ESPN’s FPI says about Florida’s remaining games:
- Oct. 13: @Vanderbilt: 81.2 percent chance of winning
- Oct. 27: vs. Georgia (Jacksonville): 23.7 percent
- Nov. 3 vs. Missouri: 73.3 percent
- Nov. 10 vs. South Carolina: 74 percent
- Nov. 17 vs. Idaho: 99.2 percent
- Nov. 24 @FSU: 75.7 percent
Georgia is by far the toughest game remaining on the schedule, and should the Gators somehow pull the upset, Florida could win out and play the SEC West winner in Atlanta. Of course, a lot of football is still left to be played, but things could certainly get interesting. The Gators certainly aren’t good enough to just show up Saturday and beat Vanderbilt.
Nonetheless, Mullen is setting Florida up for future success, and it’s painfully obvious for those in Athens that the Gators will be a tough out under Mullen’s leadership.