Florida Cannot Allow Loss to Louisville to Haunt 2013 Football Season

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The Florida Gators football team had one heck of a season in 2012 under head coach Will Muschamp, who is working to build the program back to where it was under Urban Meyer during the Tim Tebow era. Obviously, that’s no easy task, but it’s very possible for Florida to contend for a national title in 2013 if and only if the Gators do not allow their loss to Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl to haunt them.

Unlike any other game in 2012, Florida got punched in the mouth early by Louisville and never recovered. The Gators’ only other loss came to the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs, so that’s nothing about which to hang their heads. Florida, unlike some of their equally talented SEC counterparts, did get to play in a BCS game this year. However, the improvement made by Florida in their second season under Muschamp should have Gators fans very excited about 2013 and beyond.

For starters, Florida gets quarterback Jeff Driskel back and a solid recruiting class to try and replace the production lost at running back after Mike Gillislee‘s departure. However, the Gators have been carried once before by a solid quarterback and a smart head coach, so filling that void at running back shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

That said, guys like Driskel absolutely have to enter the 2013 season without fog in their minds. If those Gators players allow the loss to Louisville to haunt them, it could be a very long season.

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