How good is the program that Urban Meyer has built at Florida? So good that the team could lose Tim Tebow -- along with a slew of other NFL-level players, including a bunch of underclassmen -- and still be a consensus Top 5 team (Top 4, if you want to be exact) and the media's pick to win the SEC East. John Brantley is going to be so much better than most folks around the country realize.
(I'm weeks away from predictions for the upcoming college football season, but I think Florida has a puncher's chance of winning at Alabama -- and, even if they lose, will beat Bama in a rematch on a neutral field in the SEC Championship Game. Other than that: I project the Gators running the table. Any 1-loss SEC champ -- especially with that loss coming on the road against the preseason No. 1 team and defending national champ -- should play for a national title. Not sure that we will avoid an epic screw-job by the BCS system, for any 1-loss SEC champ. But that's for another day.)