The Gators are expected to land at the Las Vegas Bowl

College football season is fast approaching with the Gator Nation gearing up for the first season of the Billy Napier era, having lost the skin of the previous administration at the end of last season. The grand finale of Dan Mullen’s tenure created a toxic cloud that suffocated the program.

Unfortunately, the fog continues to hover over Gainesville in the eyes of the national media but mainly because the Orange and Blue have not had the opportunity to prove themselves on the ground. Yes, Napier was untested at the Power Five level and only experienced Southeastern Conference competition as an assistant, but a change in philosophy and culture can go a long way in college sports. .

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With all that in mind, The Sporting News recently released its college football predictions, with the Gators set to face the Washington Huskies in the Las Vegas Bowl, scheduled for December 17.

Considering that five of the last six first-year head coaches have won at least eight games (Will Muschamp has only won seven) in their first seasons, the top-tier publication’s predictions likely represent the bottom of the box. Florida postseason. Plus, if the Gators stumble into 2022, they’d be much more likely to play in an in-state bowl — like how they landed in the Gasparilla Bowl last season — than travel across the country. to the town of Sin.

So don’t set your calendars just yet, Gator fans, there’s plenty of football to play before we have any idea where Florida might land in the postseason. But if all else fails, always keep an eye out for the Sunshine State for a bowl game host.

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