On the field, things haven't been amazing for Florida Football in recent years. The Gators have gone 6-7, 6-7, and 5-7 the past three seasons and the odds of going anything better than 8-4 in 2024 would require something unexpected.
And yet as the foundation of the NCAA crumbles, the Gators continue to be in a position of strength compared to some of their in state rivals.
Florida Football: Seat at the Table
The SEC and Big 10 released joint statements announcing the formation of an advisory group that will include presidents and athletic directors from both conferences to "address the significant challenges facing college athletics and the opportunities for betterment of the student-athlete experience."
"There are similar cultural and social impacts on our student-athletes, our institutions, and our communities because of the new collegiate athletics environment. We do not have predetermined answers to the myriad questions facing us. We do not expect to agree on everything but enhancing interaction between our conferences will help to focus efforts on common sense solutions."- Greg Sankey
For the immediate future, this alliance doesn't mean much for the Gators. It's simply two conferences trying to strengthen their position in the ever shifting world of collegiate athletics.
But if one wants to start to try and project the domino effect something like this could have, this alliance is great news for Florida and terrible news for FSU, Miami, and UCF.
It's no secret that FSU and Miami are desperately trying to get off their sinking ship known as the ACC while UCF has finally made the climb to the Power Five and is part of the Big 12. For posterity's sake, USF is probably keeping an eye on when they might be able to make the leap from the AAC to a Power Five conference.
Florida doesn't have to worry about any of this, and if the NCAA were to collapse because the SEC and Big 10 form some sort of breakaway alliance down the road, the Gators would be guaranteed to have a seat in whatever breakaway league is formed while all the previously mentioned teams would be fighting for the attention of this new league as if they were a contestant on The Bachelor.
The Gators haven't been great, but at least they aren't relegated to a league where going undefeated still gets ignored by the CFP committee. And in a landscape where chaos runs supreme, it's nice to know that when the dust settles, the Gators will still have a seat at the table.