2013 Florida Gators football schedule: Examining the slate and projecting the record

Jeff Driskel looks to lead Florida back to the SEC title game in 2013. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Football season is just a short 7+ months away, so we better get to the details. Ok, maybe that was hoping that seven months was more like seven days, but we can still start to look at what our boys are up against next season.

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From Elton John himself, it ain’t gonna be easy; but nothing ever is, right Gator Nation?

Last year, the odds were stacked against the Gators and in 2013 the away schedule will be stacked against Florida. Luckily for head coach Will Muschamp and co., the Gators will have the most talented team on the field week-in and week-out.

The Gators have a total of six home games and six away games.

The home slate is relatively easy: Toledo (Saturday Aug. 31), Tennessee (Saturday Sept. 21), Arkansas (Saturday Oct. 5), Vanderbilt (Saturday Nov. 9), Georgia Southern (Saturday Nov. 23) and Florida State (Saturday Nov. 30).

Florida should take care of business at home with the only tough contest being the annual season finale against Florida State. With FSU losing QB EJ Manuel, and perpetually underachieving, we should see an outcome similar to last season.

The road games are where it’s going to get a little bit tougher: Miami (Saturday Sept. 7), Kentucky (Saturday Sept. 28), LSU (Saturday Oct. 12), Missouri (Saturday Oct. 19), Georgia (Saturday Nov. 2), South Carolina (Saturday Nov. 16)

The five game stretch from Oct. 12 to Nov. 16 is going to make or break the Gators shot at an SEC and BCS championship berth.

Miami is always a tough trip, but Florida is head and shoulders above the Canes’ program right now. Kentucky will be Kentucky, and Mizzou still has a long way to go in order to compete in the SEC.

Essentially the Gators season will come down to LSU, Georgia, and South Carolina once again. Go figure, right.

Georgia will be replacing a ton of defensive talent, so the East should come down to Florida and South Carolina. With the departure of Marcus Lattimore, the Gamecocks lose one of their best players in program history. Despite Steve Spurrier being one of the best coaches in college football, it’s hard to replace that, and looking at the historical landscape, it’s hard for South Carolina to win the East.

Worst Case Scenario: 9-3

Best Case Scenario: 12-0

Projected: 11-1 and SEC Championship berth (Loss coming at either LSU or South Carolina)

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