BY: John Mamola
This is a very important year for the future of the Florida Gators with head coach Will Muschamp looking to bounce back after a very disappointing 4-8 record snapping a 22-year bowl streak. Muschamp has been under heavy fire ever since his hire from the University of Texas and with a schedule that includes visits to defending national champion Florida State and Alabama, it will be a tough road to come for the Gators to get to the minimum six wins and a bowl berth in the stacked Southeastern Conference.
ESPN Radio host Paul Finebaum joined WDAE’s “The Sports Page” on Thursday and said he believes this season will bring Muschamp good fortune and another shot at another season in Gainesville.
“I like the swagger that Will (Muschamp) has,” said Finebaum. “I agree that Florida has the making of a very team. Everyone’s healthy, the defense is outstanding, Jeff Driskell looks like the right guy. The problem is the schedule and people have already talked about it. When you have the two toughest road games in America at Tuscoloosa and at Tallahassee, you start the season 0-2 and then you start to navigate the usual suspects like LSU and South Carolina.”
Finebaum mentioned however that Muschamp’s future could be dependant on one game solely when it comes to any decision Athletics Director Jeremy Foley must make.
“You have to do the most important thing in my mind and that’s beat Georgia,” said Finebaum. “You’re not going to survive long term at Florida if you lose to Georgia every year. So if he can survive the SEC maybe in addition to the other two losses and only lose one more game and beat Georgia, I think 8-4 or 9-3 will give him another year.”
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