Throughout the years, the Gators have been supremely talented and produced a lot of draft picks. They also have been in the SEC championship game the last two years, but the reason they have gotten killed against Alabama is because of the offense. After the spring game, it seems Feleipe Franks has taken a solid lead in the quarterback battle.
The Red-Shirt freshman slung 119 passing yards and a TD in only a half of football. Even Jim McElwain has made it clear that Franks has taken the lead in the QB battle. Coaches usually do not reveal a lead candidate unless one candidate has jumped way above the other. The pro-style QB has weapons like Antonio Callaway at WR and Jordan Scarlett in the backfield. I strongly believe the Gators will be lethal on offense.
The other factor is the schedule, the two tough non-conference games they have are Michigan and Florida State. By those programs pedigrees, those would be major wins and Florida will be a far superior offensive team than the Noles or the Wolverines. Florida gets away with not playing Alabama or Auburn this season, and their tough SEC games are all in the swamp: LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Tennessee.