- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach sees brighter days ahead for the Florida football team, which is why he has the Gators ranked No. 20 in his latest top 25 that was released today.
In his explanation on why UF is No. 20, Schlabach says the Gators "might not be too far away from contending for another SEC East championship" because of the improved offensive line, the work new offensive coordinator Brent Pease has done with the quarterbacks, and the projected emergence of running back Mike Gillislee and receiver Latroy Pittman.
There are still a lot of questions about UF heading into the 2012 season, specifically about quarterbacks Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett and whether the receivers will finally become a productive unit. The addition of new offensive line coach Tim Davis and new strength and conditioning coordinator Jeff Dillman has already made a difference with the offensive line.
You can see Schlabach's top 25 here, but below is a quick breakdown:
The SEC and Big 12 each have six teams. The SEC has top-ranked LSU, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas and UF. The Big 12 has Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma State and West Virginia.
The SEC has the most teams in the top 10: No. 1 LSU, No. 3 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, and No. 10 South Carolina. Florida will play all but Alabama in the regular season.
The Big Ten is second with five teams: Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Nebraska.
The ACC (Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech) and Pac-12 (USC, Oregon, Stanford and Washington) each have four teams.