Athlon has released their preseason prediction. For the Florida Gators:
From Athlon Sports’ College Football Preview mag:
“Florida’s hopes of a third consecutive SEC East title likely will revolve around the development of Feleipe Franks at quarterback (written before the addition of Malik Zaire). The Gators have been able to lean on a standout defense over the last two seasons, and while there is promising talent stepping into bigger roles, the 2017 Gators D returns only three starters and has a new coordinator.
“After finishing near the bottom of the SEC in scoring over the last two years, Florida will need more from its offense — which is very possible if the quarterback play improves. This is still a team with issues, but the Gators will remain in the mix to win the still-relatively weak SEC East for a third straight season.”
Athlon Sports is projecting the Gators to finish 8-4, second in the SEC East, and be invited to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte vs. Louisville.