College Football: Seven Bold Predictions for the SEC East

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Jan 3, 2015; Birmingham, AL, USA; Florida Gators head coach interim D.J. Durkin is presented the trophy after winning the Birmingham Bowl against East Carolina Pirates at Legion Field. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Offense chomps Gators

Florida’s goal this offseason? To buy an offensive mastermind. The Gators succeeded, but it sure came at a hefty price.

The question is if head coach Jim McElwain can translate knowledge into power with UF’s offense.

The answer? With uncertainty at quarterback and dire straits on the offensive line, it may take more than one year for the Gators to capitalize on their multi-million dollar investment in McElwain.

Sure, the defense returns seven starters to the America’s fifteenth best defense in ’15.  The fact that McElwain and his staff advertised walk-on help on Twitter, though, is a tell-tale sign of an offense that even some of the SEC’s weaker defenses can poke holes into this fall.

Florida will still qualify for a bowl, and might even beat Tennessee for the 11th time in a row.

Next: South Carolina