#9 Florida Gators: College Football 77 in 77

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Welcome to The Sports Bank 77 in 77. We’re previewing one team a day everyday as the college football season approaches. And we’re doing it in rapid fire sequence. Today, the Florida Gators


2011 was: a mediocre ride, with an under .500 in conference. rather blah by UF standards.

2012 will go smoothly if:  the defense is simply the defense, as they were 20th in the nation in scoring in last season. 8th overall. The O is where the question marks are even though they return 7 starters. The D returns 10. SS Matt Elam  is a stud. So is OLB Jelani Jenkins.

2012 will be rough if: there’s more questions in the play-calling with an unsettled, inexperienced quarterback situation. Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskell are not Danny Wuerffel or Tim Tebow, not even close. RB isn’t set in stone either, although on a side note, former Gator tailback Jeff Demps won a silver medal for sprinting in London, and no parlayed that into an NFL gig.

BMOC: all the dudes I mentioned plus the rest of the secondary, DT Sharrif Floyd, DE Dominique Easley.

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 All Name team: CB Loucheiz Purifoy, SS Valdez Showers, FB Hunter Joyer

Bottom Line: 8-10 wins looks likely. They might be deserving of more, but it all depends on if they stay healthy at the positions where they have little depth. This year needs to be a big step. Lately Florida has been more known for their producing eye candy sideline reporters (Erin Andrews, Jenn Brown) than football. The Gators get LSU at home; and no Alabama which helps

 All the 77s

#10 Arkansas

#11 West Virginia

#12 Georgia

#13 Clemson

#14 Wisconsin

#15 Virginia Tech

#16 TCU

#17 Nebraska

#18 Boise State

#19 Oklahoma State

#20 Ohio State

#21 Texas

#22 Texas A&M

#23 Michigan State

#24 Louisville

#25 Stanford

#26 Auburn

#27 Kansas St.

#28 Utah

#29 Missouri

#30 Georgia Tech

#31 Virginia

#32 Notre Dame

#33 NC State

#34 Iowa

#35 BYU

#36 UCF

#37 Washington

#38 Tennessee

#39 Rutgers

#40 Penn State

#41 Baylor

#42 Texas Tech

#43 Pittsburgh

#44 Cincinnati

#45 Mississippi State

#46 North Carolina

#47 Northwestern

#48 Miami, FL

#49 California

#50 SMU

#51 South Florida

#52 UConn

#53 UCLA

#54 Illinois

#55 Vanderbilt

#56 Washington St.

#57 Wake Forest

#58 Ole Miss

#59 Purdue

#60 Iowa St

#61 Kentucky

#62 Arizona State

#63 Boston College

#64 Ohio

#65 Marshall

#66 Arizona

#67 Southern Miss

#68 Tulsa

#69 Oregon State

#70 Houston

#71 Syracuse

#72 Colorado

#73 Kansas

#74 Maryland

#75 Duke

#76 Minnesota

#77 Indiana

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Fox Sports, Walter Football and Yardbarker

A Fulbright scholar and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; and he’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too

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