For the Florida Gators, 2015 will be remembered as a turnaround.
But will 2016 be good as well?
The Gators, picked to finish among the lower rungs of the SEC, instead took the league by storm and won the East Division behind new coach Jim McElwain. At one point, they won against Tennessee, Ole Miss and Missouri.
Oh, all of the feel-good didn’t last. After quarterback Will Grier was suspended for a year for PEDs, the Gators’ offense struggled, and the team finished with losses to FSU and Alabama. For a start, however, it was a good enough.
Next year, however, figures to be tough as well. Grier is transferring – he wouldn’t have been eligible until the last quarter of the season, leaving the offense in the hands of Treon Harris. But the defense will be good again, and the offensive line should be better.
First, Florida has to get past Michigan – another program in a ressurgance – in the Citrus Bowl.