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Florida poised for more success under Muschamp

Florida University Gators
Posted at 8:51 PM, Aug 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-12 20:51:00-04

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida got a bunch of breaks in coach Will Muschamp's second season.

The Gators stayed relatively healthy, won several tight games and were oh-so-close to playing for the Southeastern Conference championship and maybe the national title.

Although many outsiders believe last year's 11-win season and trip to the Sugar Bowl were flukes, the Gators see them as the framework for more success - including a trip to Atlanta for the SEC title game in 2013.

Quarterback Jeff Driskel says the team was "so close last year we could taste it. We really want to get there this year. I think we have a good chance to get there."

Florida opens the season Aug. 31 against Toledo. The schedule also includes games against Miami, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State.