Dan Mullen has re-energized a lifeless program (under Jim McElwain), and everyone in the country is starting to take notice.
On Saturday, Mullen became the first Gators coach since Steve Spurrier to win his debut against LSU, and Finebaum likened the Mullen-era vibe to that of the Spurrier-era.
“We saw that video of him jumping around — I thought it was 1991 and Steve Spurrier all over again,” Finebaum said Sunday morning on SportsCenter. “He’s reincarnated Spurrier, and he’s coaching like Spurrier. After having been down there a couple days, there’s a spirit, there’s a vibe. Yes, I realize that Urban Meyer was there and won two national championships, but Dan Mullen was there for most of that. But it’s back, and it’s just amazing to see how this program stubbed its toe with (Ron) Zook 15 years ago and then Will Muschamp and (Jim) McElwain. I think Florida is very close to being a major force.
“They have Georgia in a couple weeks in Jacksonville, and that game could very well decide the SEC East.”
Speaking of Georgia, the undefeated Bulldogs knocked off Vanderbilt 41-13, and undefeated Kentucky, who beat Florida in Gainesville, lost its first game against Texas A&M Saturday night.
Florida is in the middle of the SEC East race, and it continues to get more interesting every week.