College Football Rankings 2011: Will Florida Gators Bounce Back After Down Year?

After a down season by the Florida Gators in Urban Meyer's last season as coach, all new coach Will Muschamp has to do is lead a resurgence for a historic program and make everyone forget about Meyer.

Not exactly an easy task.

But there are indications the Gators will begin living up to expectations, and a lot of it has to do with the coaching staff Muschamp has put in place and a pro-style offense that will help quarterback John Brantley utilize the talent surrounding him.

In his first year as head coach at any level, Muschamp has set himself up for success. He's hired Charlie Weis as the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who both have extensive NFL experience.

Weis, of course, helped mentor New England Patriots QB Tom Brady before he was ousted from the Patriots, and Quinn has been an NFL coach since 2001, most recently as defensive line coach for the Seattle Seahawks.

Running backs Jeffery Demps and Chris Rainey are explosive, lightning-quick options out of the backfield, and will provide plenty of fireworks this season.

The receiving corps and offensive line certainly aren't strong points for the Gators, but the system Muschamp puts in place, along with Weis' help, should help the squad in that regard.

In all, I don't expect the Gators to be a top-25 team when all is said and done this season, but I think they're going to make some headway to set themselves up for 2012.

-Ryan Rudnansky