Jim McElwain’s second season at Florida ended a little better than his first. While the Gators finished with one less victory (nine) than in 2015, they were able to win their last game of the season, a dominating 30-3 performance against Iowa in the Outback Bowl.
Florida’s 2017 schedule will be a lot more challenging than recent seasons, starting with the opener against Michigan in Arlington, Texas. Two weeks later the Gators will open SEC play against Tennessee and draw LSU and Texas A&M as their crossover opponents. The good news is that McElwain’s team will play all but four games in Florida.
2017 Florida Gators Schedule
Bye: Week 8
— Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. Staley has written for Bleacher Report, the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post and is a reporter for Pro Player Insiders. Follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.