BY: John Mamola

The Florida Gators are looking to rebound from their from a disappointing 4-8 record last season that snapped a 22-year bowl streak for the university.  Head Coach Will Muschamp has been under heavy fire all off season long as potentially his job could be in jeopardy if the team fails to dig out of the hole they dug last year, as multiple injuries hampered their chances of doing anything with a 2013 season lost.

College football analyst Phil Steele joined WDAE’s “The Sports Page” on Tuesday and said although last year was one to forget, he thinks the Gators are prime for a great comeback into the SEC spotlight.

“I’m bullish on Florida.  In fact I think they’re a legitimate contender in the SEC East this season,” said Steele.

With a healthy Jeff Driskill back at quarterback, a top five defense, and according to Steele the addition of Kurt Roper as offensive coordinator; the Gators are set to shock the SEC this season.

“They get South Carolina at home.  They play Georgia at a neutral site.  They only have three SEC road games, one is at Tennessee and one is at Vanderbilt.  Yeah, that other one is at Alabama, but I think Florida is a legitimate contender in the east,” said Steele.  “I see them after the bowl game potentially getting to a double digit win season.”

For Steele’s take on Florida State and his stance that USF is still a year away from being in a bowl game, click below.







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