How the Gators measure up

After a shaky start, UF has grown into a title contender. Can it win it all?

Updated: October 25, 2012, 9:14 AM ET
By Brock Huard | ESPN Insider
Jordan Reed Frederick Breedon/Getty ImagesCoach Will Muschamp and the Gators have vaulted to near the top of the BCS standings.

I was in the broadcast booth for the Florida Gators' sloppy 27-14 Week 1 victory over Bowling Green -- a team that is in third place in the MAC's East division -- and as I left the Swamp that day, no way did I think the Gators would be where they are today: a perfect 7-0 and No. 2 in the BCS standings.

Florida controls its own destiny the rest of the way, though that will be a tall order with Georgia, Florida State and a possible SEC title game matchup all on its remaining schedule. But the fact that the Gators are even in this position is impressive given where they were as a football team during the season's first weekend.

Let's take a look at three factors that led to the Gators' transformation, how UF measures up against other top BCS teams and evaluate their chances of winning the national championship.

1. The growth of Jeff Driskel

The day before the opener against the Falcons, coach Will Muschamp discussed with us his unsettled QB situation. Neither Jeff Driskel nor Jacoby Brissett had claimed the starting job, which is why Muschamp was essentially using the game as an audition for the two quarterbacks.

• College football analyst for ESPN
• Six-year NFL QB and three-year starter at University of Washington
• Co-host of the Brock and Danny Show on ESPN 710 AM in Seattle